Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by mike188 good pack
i was going on a back packing trip and had to get a pack and i chose this one for the meatel frame and olive green colour. over all itsa good pack but a few things wernt that great like the top pocket is good for putting light snaks a jacket or a mess kit but if you put somthing large you can barly open the top.another disadvantege was that the sleeping bag pocket was too small and was hard to fit my bag in. the pack is heavy by itself from the fram but it is very durably. the rings were good to attach d rings for iteams such as canteens and stuf. it would just be nice to have a few more ziper pockets and the rain cover to b alittle larger but over all its a good pack and looks good
September 21, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5
by SnacKing shop around
I was initially pleased with the pack design offerings. Sort of a hybrid between internal and external. Just what I wanted. The price seemed reasonable. And pack size with the expansion of lashing to frame was nice. However, going through the inifinite number of adjustments was a little annoying with the spartan directions accompanying. The Basspro associates while nice and helpful I feel it was doubtful they would have been just as confused as they had spent no time with the pack.
Ultimately Igive this pack a poor rating due to what I think is a design flaw. There is no way to store anything in the top pocket on the top flap of any wieght or bulk and gain access to the main compartment without holding the top flap open with one hand and searching with the other or emptying the top pocket everytime. This is a huge issue if one chooses to use a water bladder and needs to get to it or anything else like my food while still on the trail.
The reason for the issue is the top bar which I initially liked gets in the way of folding the top flap all the way over unless it's empty and the pivot point of the flap is too low.
Other issues. The goofy pockets on the waist belt. They just scrunsh up unless you are large enough to need to extend the waist belt out which I am not. The straps on the bottom are just barely large enough to hold a small backpacking tent. Certainly would not hold a sleeping bag and I had to roll a wool blanket really really tight to get it to fit. Compared to other packs it is on the heavy side as well. This I knew when buying but if the features worked for me that was an ok trade off.
May 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by hydrogeo99 Well Designed and comfortable
Three days before a weekend backpacking trip, I pulled my 80's vintage Camp Trails backpack out of the attic only to find much of the cords had dry rotted and the many of the zippers had corroded shut. I guess ten years in the attic was a little too much. In a panic to find a suitable replacement, I drove to the Bass Pro located a few miles from my house (thankfully!) and found this pack. I much prefer the external frame packs to the internal frame packs because they are more compartmentalized. There were many internal frame packs to choose from, but this was one of only two external frame packs available in the store. I was a little hesitant to go with this over the Jansport since I had never heard of the Ascend brand (apparently a BPS exclusive) and knew that Jansport has a very good reputation for building quality packs...even used a few in the past, but after side by side comparison of these two packs I found this one had nicer features and better padding so I decided to take a gamble and spend a little more on this unknown brand. I used it for a weekend trip...a 12 mile hike into camp, pack was loaded to about 80% capacity, with an initial weight of 53 lbs. Had no problems at all with the performance of the pack. The shoulder straps and hip belt were so much more comfortable than my old pack! Hope to be able to use it many times over the coming years.
December 14, 2011