This midsize pack proved superstable on a nine-mile loop on and off-trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our 5’5″ (16-inch torso) female tester had no problem dialing in the fit, and appreciated the easy-load access and organization provided by the adjustable top lid, side zips, expandable front pocket, and front bungee cords.
The mesh side pockets are tough to access while hiking, but deep enough to hold the largest water bottles, with a cordlock top that holds squirrely items securely. The suspended, trampoline-style mesh backpanel kept all testers from getting steamy. The hipbelt is fairly flexy–it transferred weight well, yet didn’t interfere with leg motion–and has large cutouts to save weight.
The pack handles 35 pounds easily–but the tapered packbag restricts you from carrying any more than that. After trail testing, we kicked this pack around as desert car-camp baggage: It’s tough as nails. Downsides: Extra durability means extra weight, and the hydration hose port on the strap is too tight for many bite valves. $190; 3,300 cu. in.; 3 lbs. 14 oz. Lowealpine.com
A fresh take on outdoor style, this dapack is a comfortable fit from campus to the trail.
-Unbound-edge AirCore(tm) shoulder straps
-Two large main compartments for versatile storage
-Front utility pocket with organizer keeps essentials handy
-Breathable mesh back panel
-versatile sleeve designed to fit a 15″ laptop or 3 L hydration bladder
-Hydration tube management on shoulder straps
-Easy access V-Loft pocket
-Dual side water bottle pockets
-This pack’s straps adjust to fit any torso length
Fabric: 600 Denier Polyester/ 420 Denier Double Dobby Nylon
Laptop Dimensions: 15″ x 11″ x 1.9″