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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Mars

Manufacturer: Recreational Equipment Inc.

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Page By: Smith93

Created/Edited: Jan 30, 2007 / Jan 30, 2007

Object ID: 2393

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Product Description

A great all around large volume pack with two loading options and easy adjustment for a reasonable price.


•Dual access to pack: top loading plus a horseshoe-zipper front panel opening, like a duffel, gives complete view of contents.
•With a new ''rip-and-stick'' torso adjustment, shoulder strap system easily slides on pack's frame to fit torsos of varying lengths.
•Removable top lid pocket lets you stash some essentials to bring into tent, so pack can stay outside or in vestibule.
•Zippered pocket under lid stores maps and keys, spare batteries and other small essentials.
•Front panel features an oversized zippered pocket protected with a waterproof zipper for storing often-used gear.
•EVA Soft Edge shoulder straps move seams away from you body with cushioned edges for non-binding comfort on and off the trail.
•Durable molded foam backpanel has channels for air circulation, increasing ventilation to keep your back cool and dry.
•Pre-curved waistbelt with a Delrin® hoop is designed to cradle hip bones for a more natural fit and distribution of pack weight without sagging.
•V-pull waistbelt allows you to use a natural forward pulling motion for quick, easy cinching and precise adjustment.
•Internal sleeping-bag compartment is created by a zippered divider, separating it from gear and clothes in the main compartment.
•Utilizing four buckles, the pack's streamlined compression system lets you cinch and strap down loads for jostle-free carrying.
•Concave head pod at the top of pack gives your head freedom of movement--no more staring at the ground.
•External mesh side pockets hold water bottles, energy bars and other essentials you want close at hand.
•Behind mesh pockets both sides feature zippered accessory pockets that are sized to fit gloves, hat, energy gels and more.
•Hydration-compatible design features an internal reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for drinking tube.


Approximate volume: 5,100 cu. in. (84 liters) / 5,300 cu. in. (87 liters)
Fits torso: 17 - 20 / 19 - 22 inches
Fits waist/hips: 28 - 48 / 33 - 60 inches
Average weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. / 5 lbs. 11 oz.
Number of pockets: 6 + main compartment
Number of stays: 2
Frame material: Aluminum
Access / Loading: Top/panel
Sleeping bag compartment: Yes
Price: $195.00



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NCclimberNice pack

Voted 4/5

I have had this pack for a year or so, and it gives great support and ample space for a multiday trip. You can also strap a suprisingly large amount of gear on the outside if you use those loops on the side and back. I really like how it zips down completely to get the gear out of the bottom. It could use some more outside compartments, but overall a good pack.
Posted Apr 1, 2009 1:40 pm

asaking11Pretty good pack

Voted 4/5

This pack is pretty good, it has a huge volume, and is great for week long trips. Not as comfortable as my Osprey Aether 70 though.
Posted May 23, 2010 12:44 am

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