Here's an update after walking with 26lb in it.
..have to say that on a 'happiness' scale of 0 -100 I'm at about 48. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
....I'm fighting hard to resist my developing opinion that it's just a glorified range bag.
I've had to play with it more that any pack I've ever owned or been issued to get it -almost- comfy.
Three main points:
1. The yoke (the area where the shoulder straps meet) is far too thick and pushes on your spine between your shoulder blades (about where most packs have a clear spine channel...this one does have a spine channel, but the yoke lies on top of it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]).
2. The 'hip' belt is mis-named. It is a belly belt. It is positioned so high (even with the yoke set on the highest horizontal bar...3 settings higher than in the pic above) that, unless you're about 5'5", it cannot bear weight. I consider myself pretty experienced with rucksac use...and this hip belt is just for aesthetics [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img].
3. Given the above points, I simply cannot understand how this pack has gained the plaudits (particularly for military use) that it claims. It has far too many fiddly little pockets......even one for sunglasses [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] extra zips and unecessary extra bits of webbing (all of which add weight)...it doesn't strike me as being even slightly soldier proof. ...I think it'll manage a few days per year in Scotland; but there's no way it's robust enough for 6 months, let alone 12 months, continuous use....the cordura is just too thin (if the pack wasn't lined with nylon, the weight saved could be put to good use by using thicker cordura!)
...a great range bag? ...probably; but I didn't buy it for that [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
If that preamble hasn't put you off forever[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]...here are my answers to some of the points posted:
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Did you consider the acu colour?
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...for about 1.5 seconds [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] not sure exactly what ACU was designed for, I think it was meant to be a 'go anywhere' cam......but I'm afraid I have to shout "the emperor has no clothes". I've only seen 2 fellows wearing it in UK, and I have to say (unlike temperate Marpat which struck me as excellent)ACU is really, really bright in temperate european conditions...but if, for reasons of mountain safety, (and orange isn't available) you want to stand out like a bright beige blob when all around is green, go for it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]!
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I see there is no separation between your back and the pack, so no air ventilation as in some of the classic european trkking packs whichc is a good feature in mild /hot climate.
[/ QUOTE ] ...correct, it's snug fitting. The materials are quite sweat absorbent (from the little bit I've done with it so far). Not a problem to me...just a matter of what you're used to I would think
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how does balance feel?
[/ QUOTE ] The jury's out at the moment. The pack is narrow but deep. When fully loaded it sticks behind you like a fully loaded bergen...but in actuality it's just a daypack....rather like wearing your normal daypack 4-5" behind your back.....intuitively, this will not be good for stability...but I'll give more info when I've worn it for a few days in Scotland later in the year ...but see answer to following point..
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If I'm not mistaken you can adjust the harness so that it will ride higher, if that's where you prefer the pack to sit.
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Thanks, yes you can ......but, I have to say, this is my biggest disappointment with the pack, I've adjusted the yoke as high as it will go, off the very top of the pack so that it's only hanging on by one horizontal adjustment bar..
...and still the 'hip' belt is a belly belt....there's just about no way to adjust it to bear weight on the hips (unless, of course one is shorter, but I'm just off 6' and feel I should be within 'tolerance')...this pack is not for heavy weights...shoulder straps only....with a comfy looking belt for show.
As I said earlier....I'm developing the opinion that this may be a super duper range bag.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
....I honestly can't see how it's living up to all the supposed SF plaudits.but I'm going to hold final judgement until I've tried it in the hills.
Note to self:
Remember that the cup is is always half full [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
....now, if I can just get the bloody thing to stop pressing between my shoulder blades [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]