Retail price: $70
Specs per manufacturer: Tough 600D oxford and ripstop poly body panels combine with 1200D poly bottom and fully bound seams to ensure durability and long life. Fully padded backpanel and shoulder straps with spacer mesh provide comfortable cushioning and ventilation. Front pocket organizer keeps frequently-used items handy and includes two soft spacer mesh pockets ideal for delicate electronics. Roomy main compartment with burly #10 YKK zip and multifunction hydration/laptop sleeve. Elastic cord web on front panel is perfect for quickly stashing gear. Side compression straps provide load control. Side mesh pockets with reflective tabs keep water bottles handy. Sternum strap and removable webbing waistbelt add stability when needed.
1 lb 12 oz, 25 ltr.
Findings: I love this little day pack. It is perfect for an afternoon hike or bringing my gear when I bike to work. The stretch cord on the front of the pack is perfect for strapping on my kid’s coats as they lose layers on the trail. The side water bottle pockets are deep enough for a tall Kleen Kanteen bottle and roomy enough for a fat old school Nalgene. When I’m flying, I use the laptop compartment to keep my mac safe. I don’t use hydration systems, so I can’t speak to that aspect. My only complaint is that the front pocket does not stick out. In other words, whatever you put in it, pushes into the main compartment. This limits how much you can carry and puts pressure on your contents. Not a super big deal, but mildly annoying all the same. The Iguana pack is the same design in that respect. The shoulder straps are not designed for short women, so I always use the sternum strap to keep the straps where they belong. Occasionally, I use the waist belt as well. I don’t mind that the waist belt is just a strip of webbing. There is enough structure in the pack and it is small enough, that a beefier belt would be over kill.