uhhm…. yeah 😉
Lets say, saw a need for 😉 a couple light packs, to fill out gaps in capacity capabilities for day bags.
My main and favorite grab and go day bag for several years now has been a Black Diamond 16L pack. Its small, light, durrable, and can really be stuffed with day trip/hike essentials.
But it’s on the smaller side at times. Two years ago I acquired a 25L TNF (The North Face) Vault as an upgrade for those times.
It has the room I need on average, for day trips. But it has two problems; it has a stiff structured back panel that is a great idea, but horrendously uncomfortable.
And it’s bright red.
No matter what they say animals can and can’t see, I see little to no way of proving it… So I have a hard time taking bright colors on hunting trips.
On the other hand I find camo pointless, but thats another topic for another time. 🙂
So, I wanted another mid sized 25L to 35L pack for day hikes and day hunts, that wasn’t brightly colored.
And I also wanted a pack between that size, and the big 65L 3 day trip pack I have. An overnight day trip bag that wouldn’t be heavy or waste space. Mainly for my summer weight camping gear, where I don’t need the room for my 20° bag or many, if any extra clothes. Went with 45L.
I ended up with a claimed 35L that I’d say is around 20L maybe 25L actual capacity. And the other, claimed to be 45L, around 30L, 35L absolute max.
Not optimal. But then, for $10, and $15, shipped, respectively the small and large, I can’t complain much. 😉
It was worth the risk, and while not exactly what I needed, they’ll help out. I’ll just still need to find something in the 40L to 45L area for a summer time overnight trip bag.
For the smaller, I went with green, so I’m comfortable with it for hunting trips.
Draw closure top, with top flap. Pocket under flap.
And one ob the top of the flap;
Standard stretchy side pockets;
The outer sleeve pocket on the frontvis the same stretchy material.
Grab handle leaves a little to be desired;
And, the nifty feature I liked, the inner pocket on the top flap is double zippered;
Turn the pocket insige out, roll the bag into it and zip;
Will make neatly packing it in my main hunting trip bag/dry bag much easier!
Overall it seems well built, and while light weight materials , also seems like it will be durable enough. Time will tell.
For the other, since it was planned as a non hunting hike pack, color didn’t matter much. So I went with something I liked, and something I’m garranteed to not lose when I set it down.
So sue me, I like purple. 🙂
It is 2 main compartments, small side mesh pockets, and a tiny zipped one on the front. And a bottom access area, that when fully opened/pressed out to capacity almost fills the whole main compartment! Bottom easy access for sleeping bag? Or ive seen the same made for shoes.. I’m sure ill find a use, but its a little odd in its size.
Chosen for it’s everal cord locked bungee attachment points, compression straps, and bottom straps that I liked the look of for hanging my tent on.
This one is heavier materials than the other, has a more solid feel to it.
I want to say it feels more solidly built as well, but that might be an illusion of the heavier materials. As I said above, only time will tell how they survive, but I’m thinking theyll be fine. 😉
Great wide padded straps;
Hip belt comes mid gut on me, like most do and is deathly short… I’ll probably cut it off. Nice adjustable/removable sternum strap though!
And I was pleasantly surprised by this;
First time I’ve ever seen a heavy dedicated carry handle on a backpack! And it still has the usual carry/hanging loop too.
Overall, I’m pleased for $25 total. Hell, I think I’d have been pleased with just the purple one for that much, or a little more. 🙂
Purple grab handle is way better than the green bag grab handle! 😉