Rambler - Backpack
Product Review (submitted on April 16, 2010):
I have owned my Rambler for 4 years. I use it at least monthly for overnight fairly primitive scoutcraft explorations in Olympic National Forest and fishing trips all over the rainy Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I also use it for dayhikes all the time. Mostly I use it with an 18-inch pack basket, which fits pretty tightly, but offers great protection to my gear and my back. It also makes organization easier. I usually leave the basket at home for dayhikes. Have used it to haul all my personal gear on a weeklong camping/fishing trip along the Yukon River, and for a week in the Boundary Waters this past Summer.
This pack has never let me down. It's extremely durable, and versatile. I can't remember what I paid for it, but it has certainly turned out to be a better value than something cheaper. Still looks almost new. I love the pockets. I love the whole pack. It never disappoints.
If you don't use a pack basket, it works well to put one of those folding canoe seats right inside the back,. That helps it keep its shape -- making it easier to pack and un-pack. It also protects your back from hard/pointy gear.
I can't think of anything I don't like about the Rambler. Might love it even more with leather shoulder straps, but that's picking nits.