Pros: Usability, Stitching, Functionality, Material Quality
The best backpack I have ever seen. Holds 100oz camelbak also.
I was in the market for a pack to serve as not only my GHB but also something I could take camping, and more importantly enduro motorcycling. It was important to me that the pack be of absolute minimal size, while still holding a 100 oz Camelbak bladder. It also needed to have strong enough shoulder harnesses to survive the bouncing that motorcycle riding would deliver. Instantly I noticed it was designed differently than all the others. It didn't stand out because of useless added webbing, or velcro. It actually had a hard formed upper compartment that is large enough to hold sunglasses, flashlights, beanie, phone, and more all at the same time. The other added compartments are outstanding as well. The front lower pocket has an organizer for pens, knives, flashlights, water purification, tools, ect. the medium pocket is large enough to fit my macbook pro, with enough room for a few pairs of socks, and some boxers.There is also a large compartment that contains my 8x8 Kelty tarp system, a pair of jeans, a large fixed blade gerber knife, a full change of clothes, a small stainless steel cooking pot that is filled with random survival items, and still has some room to spare. The pack also features a separate back facing compartment that actually has a cooler type material. This is the hydration pocket. It is large enough to hold my 100 oz Camelbak bladder, and still has room for a thick emergency blanket, and maybe even another empty bladder. With all those features in such a tiny package, it was hard to beat on the features alone. This thing fully filled is about 2/3 the size of my Voodoo 3 day pack, and weighs about 25 lbs. The straps have a great design that is comfy, supportive, and has loops for the hydration tubes. There are also chest straps to connect both shoulder harnesses. The lower belt has wide padded arms, and a huge quick release buckle. The belt is actually removable, and has molle loops to act as a stand alone load bearing belt if needed.One feature that I was impressed with was that all the adjustable straps have sewn on velcro loops to tie down the loose straps after you have tightened everything down.I could go on and on over this pack, and let's face it. After spending over $200 on a backpack you probably would as well. But in all fairness, this is an amazing system, that shows the quality in every aspect. The bottom of the pack is even made of a leather type material for added wear protection, and all the compartments feature drain holes. Hope my review has been helpful. Luke L