Product Review (submitted on June 26, 2011):
I was looking for a large pack that would hold everything I need for oil painting, and also be comfortable enough to carry on hikes to remote locations. This is it! I couldn't be happier with the design and convenience of this pack. The tall pockets in front are perfect for small items, including brushes and water bottle. The main compartment holds my large 12" x 14" wooden paint box easily, along with extra clothing, lunch, turp can, sketchbook. The central location of the axe pocket in front is what initially sold me on it - perfect for the tripod I use to support the paint box, and awkward to stow in conventional packs. The nylon compression straps on the sides make this pack easily adjustable in volume, and for my use, leather would not be as functional, adding weight and bulk, as well as additional time spent in adjusting and securing the load. The only change I made is that I had Duluth add another pair of D-rings further up on the shoulder straps, - I'm small (5'4") and the sternum strap was placed too low for me. This is the best pack I've ever used - not too heavy either. I commonly carry about 25-30 pounds, and I can carry it easily and find it very comfortable in this pack. I love the rugged looks of the thing too, and the fact that it will probably outlast me.