FR-High Peak Trango 65-Don Taylor Repost
- I have been in an allergy induced haze the past few days and I posted my FR as an LTR. Sorry for the confusion.-Don
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
This spring has been a total rain-out here in Ohio and Western
Pennsylvania so I have not had the chance to hike as often as I would
normally would. I was only able to get out for two long weekend trips
with the pack. The first trip was to Zaleski State Forest in Southern
Ohio. The trail conditions were terrible as it rained nearly the entire
time we were in the woods. The second trip was taken to an equally
muddy area along the Tracy Ridge trail in the Allegheny National Forest.
Between the two trips I was able to hike about 40 long, muddy and wet
miles (64 km). In both cases my pre-rain soaked pack weight was around
30 lbs (14 kg).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
The biggest tests the pack was put through during my two recent trips
were staying secure on my back as I was slipping and sliding down the
trail and keeping the contents somewhat dry during the endless rain. In
both cases the pack did better than I expected. The adjustments on the
pack allowed me to fit it very securely and comfortably on my back. In
addition, even though I had forgotten a rain cover for the pack on one
of the trips, the pack did a fairly good job of keeping the contents
Once the pack was fully loaded and on my back, it was a quick process to
get it secured in place. The adjustments were easy to operate and the
pack was very comfortable to hike with. As for durability, the pack was
put through some muddy and rough conditions such as a few scrapes and
falls and it has held up great so far. I have not noticed any rips and
all of the seams still seem secure. The pack was easily cleaned with a
little soap and a wet rag when I got home from the trips.
All of the zippers and drawstrings worked great. The zippers are large
enough to grab easily with cold, wet hands and the drawstring on the
bottom of the main compartment proved to be very handy for accessing
items that I would have otherwise had to dig down from the top to
retrieve. I have had packs in the past where the zippers always seemed
to get hung up in the zipper flap material however I did not have that
problem with this pack so far.
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Straps">>The side pockets where I normally store my water bottles could
have been a little more secure. A few times when I set the pack down or
stumbled on the trail one of the bottles would fall out.
The interior pocket that holds my 3 L (101 oz) hydration bladder worked
out very well. The bladder stayed in place and the slot for the bite
tube to pass through did not cause any issues.
Both the shoulder straps and waist belt proved to be comfortable. I
initially had concerns that the narrowness of the waist belt straps
would cause some irritation however that was not the case. One issue
that I will fix after the completion of the test is the length of the
waist belt straps. I have a 35 inch (89 cm) waist and when I cinch the
waist belt down, the straps hang down below my knees. One addition I
would really appreciate is a small pocket on the waist belt of the pack.
I have had them in the past and I really noticed not having one. The
shoulder straps stayed in position and other than the normal shoulder
soreness that I feel in the mornings, the straps felt good.
My biggest complaint to this point is about the chest strap. It is fine
while I am wearing it however the male end of the clip fell off a few
times when the pack was off. It is easy enough to put back on but it
could get lost in the woods very easily.
Overall I am very happy with the pack so far. It is very sturdy for how
light it is and I don't feel like any comfort was sacrificed with the
lower weight. It held my 30 lbs (14 kg) of gear very well and the
compression straps worked great to keep the contents from bouncing
around. The chest strap clip falling off may prove to be a problem if
it comes off in the wrong spot and is lost. All in all I am looking
forward to wearing this pack for my upcoming summer trips.
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