Retail price: $95
Specs per manufacturer: Highly technical CoolWave suspension maintains excellent fit and ventilation regardless of load ensuring outstanding comfort in all conditions. Tough 210D HexRip nylon body panels combine with 840D high-tenacity nylon bottom and fully bound seams to ensure durability and long life. Front mesh pocket with reflective accents secures helmet, shoes, jacket, etc. 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. Internal zip pocket with key clip secures important items. Internal soft fleece pocket for sunglasses. Daisy chain with padded grab handle and ice axe loop offers convenient lash/clip points. 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.
Findings: We needed a big beefy day pack for hikes. My oldest kid is an awesome little sherpa and as her younger siblings get bigger and consequently their gear gets bigger, she ends up hauling a fair amount of their stuff. We also wanted to have a pack that worked well traveling on planes. So after perusing the web for awhile, we decided to take the Agama for a ride. It has the features outlined above in specs and they all work great. Particular favorite features of my kid include side compression, daisy chain on the front and large drink holders on the side. The downside? There are two. The shoulder straps don’t fit small figures well. The straps constantly slide off unless you use the sternum strap every time. I have the same problem with my Canmore pack. Our other issue–and I know some people like this feature–is that the front pocket fills into the main compartment limiting the amount of gear you can put in either section. But really, if those are our only complaints, the pack is great!