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Very Well Made Pack.
on May 15, 2012
I used this for a 4 day Virginia section hike of the A/T and had no mechanical issues with it.
The material, seams, and connections are very solid. The is an extremely well made pack I expect to eventually pass down to my son.
The lack of a rain cover was not surprising, but still a little disappointing to have to make an additional purchase for such a simple item.
The lack of zippered pockets for small items was a problem. No safe place to put keys, wallet, phone, etc. Though there is a hanging clip for a key, it did not work for my type of key, so had to have a friend stow my valuables.
The side pouch, where I kept my Nalgene was too far back for me. I could barely get the anything out of the pocket and had to have a friend put it back in place.
The zippered pouches in the front waist strap were just right for a small camera and sunglasses.
Even with the minor issues, it is clear that this pack is a cut above the store brand packs, so was well worth the small extra cost.
One other note on this pack: It was cheaper in blue than in the other colors, which I assume is because the blue does not look as good in the pictures. I felt the same way about the color, though bought it anyway. In reality, the blue looks fine.