Here is my owner review of the Macpac Ravine backpack. If
this review is acceptable, I'll gladly insert an html file of the
along with a picture of the pack into a folder if one could created
for this item.
MacPac Ravine Backpack owner review.
Name - Vernon Deal
Age - 39
Gender - Male
Email - vdeal@...
Locations tested - Daniel Boone NF, Kentucky, Otter Creek
Wilderness, WV, Laurel Fork Wilderness, WV.
Terrain description - varied but mainly typical Appalachian
Mountains. The Kentucky area had numerous stone arches.
Elevations ranged from under 1000' to around 4000'.
Weather conditions - three different times of the year. Fall trip
with mostly nice weather and some intermittent showers, late
summer trip with pleasant warm weather and early spring trip
with sun, all day rains and snow.
Pack weight - 3 lbs. 8.3 oz. (weighed on an Ohaus Triple Beam
Comfort level - very comfortable. I have the medium size pack
which fits my 6'1" height (19.5" torso) fine.
Performance - performed flawlessly. Met or exceeded my
This was the first backpack I bought when I decided to
switch to lightweight backpacking. It weighs 3 lbs. 8 oz. so it's not
ultralight but with 4000+ c.i. of capacity and a tough exterior it is
great starter pack for those switching from heavyweight packing.
I first used this pack on a 4-day trip to the Red River Gorge and
Clifty Wilderness in the Daniel Boone National Forest in
Kentucky in Oct/Nov 1998. Despite being dragged against
downed logs and beaten on stone arches the pack was
practically unscathed. It is basically what Colin Fletcher called a
great bloody packsack in that it doesn't have internal dividers and
has no external pockets except for a pocket in the lid, which I
used for maps, a Platypus water bladder and raingear.
My Ravine is made of Cordura Plus and has attachment
points on the front and a nice padded harness. The pack has
load lifter straps and hip snuggers also. The material is not
waterproof but will hold off a light drizzle. I typically have used
pack for loads from 30 to 35 pounds. While it isn't my pack of
choice anymore I still keep it. In fact it is the largest pack I now
use and I have it for winter trips where more capacity is needed.
It will easily hold my Western Mountaineering -25°F sleeping bag
and a Sierra Designs Nightwatch tent along with all the other
Anyone making the transition to lightweight backpacking
would do well to consider the Ravine as a nice intermediate
step. Another nice thing is that it's not too expensive. I picked
mine up for around $135 from Backcountry Equipment (http://
ravine.html). You can also buy directly from Macpac via their
website (www.macpac.co.nz). Note that the pack now shown is
slightly different (you know how manufacturers just love to
update things) but still basically the same as mine.