Shane R. wrote:I haven't used one personally but one of my partner's used it for the first time a couple weekends ago on a winter attempt of Broken Top in the Deschutes Wilderness. He seemed to like it. He had his shovel/pickets attached to the outside. His Mountain Hardwear down jacket, my DAS parka, a 60m 7.7 rope, two liters of water and other assorted goods stored INSIDE. It's definitely a lightweight pack - think oversized version of the REI Flash 18. Reminded me of a summit pack. He skinned up and skied down and we were climbing for around 8 hours (we took the wrong chute, long story) and he had no complaints about the performance of using his pack on it's maiden voyage.
The main compartment's clasp on the front works nicely with gloves on as I undid it for him several times. The frame is removable to make it even lighter. He said he weighed it and it's the same weight as the REI Flash 18 (10oz) with the back support removed, but for some reason I doubt that now that I'm looking at the weight of the MH Scrambler with a weight of 35oz, who knows though?
Pack in action photos:
If I had to get a new pack in that size range I would look hard at the Montbell Balance Light 40.
Shane Rathbun wrote:I guess this might be a bit off topic but has anyone tried the CiloGear 45L WorkSack? It's looks comparable and I've heard good things. Might pick one up.
Tonka wrote:Thanks a lot E-BoyIf I had to get a new pack in that size range I would look hard at the Montbell Balance Light 40.
I don't need another f-N pack! You put the little dude on my shoulder that shouts, "it's only 60 bucks."
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