I am trying to cut weight any time I look at new gear. This is the lightest pack to address the needs I have that I could find. It weighs in at 31 oz. It is expensive at $325, but it was a good purchase.
This company has a good line of equipment and seems to be adding gear that might interest other summitposters. I was concerned it might not carry the weight comfortably, but I felt no discomfort compared to the Atmos 65 I have used for several years. The most I have put in this pack is 35 pounds, but I feel it would be good for another 10 pounds with no problem.
The Porter has a minimalist design with optional hip-belt pockets, a roll-top closure and four vertical daisy chains on the exterior of the bag; perfect for lashing paddles, snowshoes, helmets, or a variety of other gear for trip-specific adventures. It is weird getting use to the top closing system of rolling and clipping without a typical lid style pack, but it works just fine. I miss the top pocket on the lid of most packs, but the whole weight savings is worth it.
FeaturesWith 100% waterproof Cuben/150d Poly hybrid fabric and the addition of fully sealed side seams in the 2014 model It has an interesting Y-top compression over the roll-top closure, two vertical compression straps, six side compression straps, removable shaped aluminum stays, an internal zipper pocket and a double-reinforced Cuben/150d Poly hybrid bottom.
New features for 2014 (mine is a 2013) include fully sealed side seams for improved water resistance, a more durable 150d double-reinforced pack bottom, re-designed hip-belt pockets for improved utility, added hip-belt length and additional back panel frame-sheet allowing an increased carrying capacity of up to 60 lbs.
For extra external carrying capacity, add the Porter Stuff Pocket, an attachable external mesh pocket available in the accessories section of the website
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