Review by: forkliftdaddy, 2006-02-17
This is a good and very tough crag pack. I stash a moderately-sized trad rack, a helmet, shoes, a rope, food, water, a light shell, and my harness inside it. In wintertime, I manage to carry a belay parka and gloves, but must hang my helmet and shoes -- pity the fool behind me -- off the outside. If I'm toting big gear, it has to hang off, also. I have the Express model, but I wish I had the next size down because the straps are pretty thin for the pack when it's fully loaded. I try not to overpack. The hip strap is not very useful for me. For someone shorter it might work better. I am just under 6 ft. Small pocket in the lid is great for wallet, keys, food, GU, etc.
Pros: Toughest crag pack ever. Stands on it's own. Waterproof. Simple (i.e. no whing-dings to get caught on the rhodos).
Cons: Suspension is very basic with relatively thin shoulder straps. Web belt may not prove useful for taller folks.