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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008
True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.
Lafuma Nazca 40
Since our Rocky Mountain editor began testing the Nazca last December, it's edged its way into his go-to slot for dayhikes and minimalist overnights because it's light, rock-solid stable, and has easy-packing features. "The whole harness and back panel hugged tight even while I was stumbling, via headlamp, down the hairy staircase of Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands," he reported. A lightweight trampoline-style frame easily carries 30 pounds of gear. The packbag is simple but smart: a top loader with two zippered top compartments, and a large zippered front pocket for clothing and low-bulk items. Twin mesh wand pockets swallow food, gloves, and hats securely. And a single hipbelt pocket holds two small energy bars. The hydration sleeve is big enough for overfilled three-liter bladders. There's even a fold-out rain cover hidden underneath. All that, and the price and weight are both impressively low. $90; 3 lbs.; 2,440 cu.in.; one size (15.5-22-inch torso range). (303) 527-1460; lafumausa.com.