High Sierra 59102-00 Classic Series Cirque 30 Internal Frame Pack 21.5x12.75x9-Inches 1830 Cubic-Inches 30 Liters (Black)
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- 30-Liter panel load main compartment
- Internal hydration reservoir sleeve and dual exit ports for tube (reservoir not included)
- Padded backpack straps with adjustable load-lifters and VAPEL, mesh airflow
- Adjustable waist belt, with VAPEL mesh airflow padding, wicks moisture
- 21.5 x 12.75 x 9-Inch, 1830-Cubic Inch
Serious features in a seriously lightweight package. Tipping the scales at a mere two pounds, the Cirque 30 delivers a generous 30 liters of main-compartment capacity, along with a host of extras like a hydration-ready design with an internal reservoir sleeve, soft-lashing hardware for ice axes and hiking poles, a strap-mounted media pocket. A large zippered front pocket with inner mesh divider to keep contents separate. Protective storm flaps cover zippers and padded backpack straps with adjustable load-lifters and VAPEL mesh AIRFLOW. Molded foam back panel with AIRFLOW channels to keep your back cool and dry. Adjustable waist belt, with VAPEL mesh AIRFLOW padding, wicks moisture. Durable fabric includes 1680D ballistic nylon. Also includes webbing daisy chain to attach extra gear and side compression straps help secure gear.
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My only complaint is that the zippers are a bit tricky to use. The zippers seem pretty durable, but it can be a pain in the butt if you have to unzip and zip the pack frequently. I think other reviewers pointed this out too. It isn't a deal-breaker, it's just kind of annoying. There is a fabric strip that covers the zippers (like most backpacks have), and if you pull it away from the zipper before you try to unzip the pack, it is much easier.
As far as capacity is concerned, I am able to fit all my backpacking gear (sleeping back, tent, food, fishing gear, etc), my full-size camera tripod that collapses to 15", and two 1-quart bottles in the mesh side pockets.
My backpack is still good as new after 3 years, and I even use it as a carry on bag at the airport frequently, however the carrying handle on top tore off about a year ago. It didn't cause any damage to any seams or anything, so I just cut off the remaining material for the handle and continue using the backpack without it. I do miss it sometimes though, it was a great place to grab hold of the bag to toss it into my car trunk. If the rest of the bag ever bites the dust, I will definitely consider buying this exact same backpack to replace it.
My second reason for taking away the second star is this backpack indicates it's an internal frame backpack. The back mesh is just stiff, as there is no frame in that part of the bag. I'm not very experienced in camping/hiking backpacks so it could be I just don't know what i'm talking about. However there's definitely no internal frame structure within this backpack.
Otherwise this backpack was designed very well. I use it as an emergency bug out bag for the vehicle. I took all of my equipment out of an older backpack and put into this one. I couldn't believe how much lighter everything felt because of how well this backpack hugs close to the body. This might be why they didn't put in the 3rd organizational compartment, to keep the low profile slim design. For this backpack 30 liters really isn't all that much, so if you are looking for a lot of space this bag isn't for you. Zippers look of great quality, as well as the whole backpack, but time will be the true test.
I just took it on its first hike out in Shenandoah, a 16.8-miler. The pack easily held all of the stuff I wanted to bring and had room for more. The material seems really tough, so I'm sure it'll last a long time. I love the loops on the back, to which I attached my climbing shoes and chalk bag- just in case I came across a suitable boulder.
I ran the last 3 miles of the hike, so I can testify to the padding. It was great and the pack didn't wear any skin raw, which is also partly due to the very convenient chest and hip straps. The straps on the side of the bag to tighten and secure the contents came in handy when I was doing the run part.
The only improvement to the pack, I think, would be the addition of internal pockets on the outer section. I also use this bag for school, so more pockets for sorting stuff would be nice.
Overall, the pack is freakin' gold! It's worth way more than what you pay, so you can't really go wrong with this one.