Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide
These packs allow hikers to travel fast and comfortably thanks to dynamic suspensions and weight-saving materials.
by: Steve Howe
I would suggest a review on the Ivar brand packs. They have a patented internal design that makes them super unique - and comfortable and organizational. I was a North Face pack type of girl till I discovered Ivar. I've been a believer ever since.
I own at least nine packs, and not a single one of these brands. Oh course, mine are lightweight, and made in America. Five pound packs are so..........nineties.
I just bought one! I've used the Vapor Trail, and am super excited to test out he daypack (been looking for one forEVER to accomodate my long torso...
The one I wish to see on the daypack list would be the Granite Gear Vapor Day. It is by far the most comfortable daypack I've ever carried! This is due to it's substantial suspension that you typically don't see in this size of a pack. Most packs I've noticed that are around the 2000cu in capacity have floppy or very thin diecut foam wastebelts that seem to do little. The Granite Gear's waistbelt is as substantial as it's larger siblings due to it's dual layered, dual density nature. Not only the waistbelt, but the shoulder straps are also dual density. Even the backpanel as dual density foam! Along with the plastic framesheet and the 2lb total weight, this pack carries like nothing else I've ever used. I've even used it on a week long desert trip, though I had to leave a few things home I usually take. Though I've never used the packs listed here in the daypack section, the Granite Gear seems to meet all of my criteria when it comes to a quality, comfortable, versatile pack. Best purchase I've ever made!
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