This has been my go-to pack for hikes, rides, school, work, and trail maintenance for the past four years, and it is finally beginning to show signs of wear. I have put this pack through the ringer and abused it in more ways than any piece of gear should ever see, and it still holds strong.
The materials, while lightweight, have proven extremely durable, and are up to whatever you have to throw at them.
It is a bit narrow for urban use, but that is not the environment for which this pack was designed. If you plan on buying it mostly for school or office, you may want to look elsewhere because most laptops and notebooks will be too wide.
FeaturesThis pack has:
Large main pocket
Medium secondary pocket
Bladder compartment with separate access
Large shove-it pocket
Small shove-it pocket
Two small wing pickets
Two small waist belt pockets
Loops for trekking pole, etc.
This pack doesn't have:
Side water bottle holsters
Water resistant body
Heavy load-bearing capabilities
Things to ConsiderThe entire length of the sternum strap is elastic, so it can be hard to really crank down.
I have found that the waist belt does not do a good job with load bearing. It has a tendency to come loose.
The large shove-it pocket is invaluable. When doing trail maintenance, I use it to carry mattock heads so I only have the wooden handles in my hands. it's also great for crushed empties.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this pack to a friend who wants to use it for day hiking and some bike riding. I am looking forward to the day when I have completely destroyed this pack and am able to cash in on Osprey's Almighty Guarantee.
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