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Rated 3 out of
The pack is well suited for chasing feather and fur while carrying a full day needs.This is an initial review of a pack well designed and though out for light daily field use. What it is not, is an over built pack for long term real world or extended bush crafting sojourns. The high quality materials in this pack are deliberately kept strong but lean heavily towards light weight and this is where this pack shines. The pack holds enough basic gear for full days hunt where long treks are required. It's very light, adjustable and very comfortable. It is excellent for chasing upland game like chukar up and down mountains or walking endless corn miles seeking pheasant. The pack will also make an excellent fly fishing exploration pack within its size limits, the side pockets rock and fit every one of my rod tubes. Again the quality and construction is above average, but don't expect this to compete with similar sized long term packs like Mystery Ranch's 3 day Assault or Emberlystock's great X-2; I have both, but neither are as light and svelte as this Forest pack.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 4 out of
Old but still hiking from
Comfort and suspensionI received this pack a little while ago and I have not been able to take it out into the wilds as yet but I do get some strange looks from neighbors on my test walks to see how it carries loaded.
I am unable to test the actual volume by industry standards as I do not have the materials required for this measurement, but I can say that it took all of my gear that fits my other packs that are rated in the 24.5 liter, (Kifaru), 35 liter, Karrimor SF, and others and handles everything that was in those packs with about the same or more remaining room so I would say that the already stated 35 liter volume rating should be about right and may even be a little conservative. Summing it all up I would describe it as a nice size pack with adequate volume to handle most overnight + trips depending on the weather and gear needed.
The empty weight of this pack as measured with my digital scale is 3 pounds, 10 ounces. So far I have loaded it out to about 25 pounds +- and it has done well and is very comfortable. Using this same gear I would expect the full trail weight with 3L of water to run about 30 pounds or 35 pounds tops. I do not think it will have any problems at this weight. The frame is very effective at making this pack comfortable at the higher weight levels. The form is not what you might expect compared to most packs. The sheet is stressed in a bow shape that curves INTO the pack and away from your back. While you can say that this reduces the internal volume of the pack it is designed to form an airspace between the back and the pack to reduce sweating. I have not hiked far enough in all kinds of weather yet to test the effectiveness of this design but what little I have been able to do indicates that it really works with very little if any penalty in weight.
After loading the main pack I also used the external stretchy pockets and inserted a USGI style canteen on one side and a Vargo BOT on the other. As the Vargo is such a fat design compared to other bottles of similar volume it is a bit of a tight fit but after getting it seated it is very secure. A Kleen Kanteen or Nalgene should pose no problems at all. I of course have no idea how the stretchy material will hold up with time. The military style canteen was an easier fit but is still well held by the pouch material.
The waist belt is designed very well and the adjustment is capable of being cinched down very well to hold the weight of the pack on the hips rather than having to carry it on the shoulders.
The shoulder straps are also well designed and comfortable. My only wish would be that there were some attachment points that would allow a couple of small items to be attached to the padded area of the straps.
Over all I am very happy with the fit, function and quality of this pack and feel it will do very well in the niche I bought it for and I plan to use it extensively but probably not exclusively over the years. I hope it lives up to first impressions and holds up over time.
I hope this was useful for others who are looking at this pack but are finding very little about it online.