Product Review (submitted on June 11, 2012):
I received this pack and was immediately impressed by the workmanship. Reinforced seams and buckles all around. On my first trip I took this pack on a 10 mile hike along the Copper River in Chitina Alaska for a dip netting trip. In my pack I had a gallon of water, rain coat, hip waders, filet knife, survival knife, folding saw, 3 stringers, fleece jacket, gloves, knit hat, change of dry cloths, food, .44 mag revolver (for bears), camera, and multiple plastic bags. All in all it was between 35-45 lbs. My dip net trip was unsuccessful but I was absolutely amazed by the pack. Even with all I brought with me I had lots of room to spare. The pack was very comfortable the whole way riding just right and as long as I packed everything correctly I had no sharp edges or rub spots. The wide shoulder straps rode comfortably and didn’t slip even when wearing the pack over my rain coat. The waxed canvas stood up to the on again off again rain all day with nothing inside getting wet. It also withstood my slipping and sliding down the steep banks to the river, I even took a couple slips landing directly on the pack. The slick sharp rocks left a couple marks but no damage, and it protected my back from scrapes and cuts. All in all I have nothing but great things to say about the pack. Thanks for the fantastic product.