Reviewed: 23 June 2003
Think carefully before you buy
Some well thought out features such as the front pocket, and removable lid. The whistle on the sturnum strap, although apparently gimmicky, could have its uses.
Poor choice of materials. The fabric is aging prematurly.
It seemes impossible to get this pack to fit correctly, with at least some part digging in (either at the shoulders, or just above the bottom)
The opening at the top of the sack does not close together completely, so would allow snow/dirt to enter the pack easily.
The gearloops are obstructed by the lower part of the shoulder strap, and dont hang out far enough to make clipping straightforward.
When worn with a harness, the re-inforced central portion of the back panel pushes the back of the harness uncomfortably into the spine.
Either I am incredably tuff on my gear or this pack is not as durable as Osprey claim. In a small number of trips, the sack is looking very used with scuff marks on most parts. The re-inforced base has a hole in it.
Aftersales service from Osprey seems pretty poor aswell. Despite an almost instant reply to a message posted here, after contacting their returns department, I was told that the warrenty doesnt cover "general misuse"
Despite the negative review, this pack isnt all bad. If the problems listed were fixed, then it would be an excellent sack. Unfortunatly, as they stand, and with the poor aftersales support, I find it very difficult to recommend it to anyone.