Rated 5 out of
Andrew Ingals from
Best Crag Pack - EVER!The North Face Cragaconda has to be one of, if not THE best cragging pack I have found. How could it not be? When The North Face blended their high quality base camp technology with bio-engineered Anaconda, there's no mistaking their designers intent to construct the greatest personal-stuff-hauling system on the market. Being a bit of a gear junkie, I searched high and low for a pack that did it all or came as close to hitting all my marks as possible. This one does it with gusto! I compared it to Patagonia's Crag Daddy (way too soft), Arc'Teryx's Miura 45 (way to classy (not to mention expensive), Mammut's Neon 45 (way too Swiss) and a whole slew of other packs I felt could fit the bill. Given my need only for a pack to help me shlep (way too much) gear to and from the various crags of Southern California, I did not want a highly technical alpine-style pack that would suggest I was a badass mountaineer (I just can't pull that off - yet). Of all the packs I tried out, the Cragaconda was the only one that successfully swallowed all my gear (and then some), carried exceptionally comfortably, and is constructed so well that I see it lasting well into the zombie apocalypse. The designers clearly put a lot of thought into each and every feature within its body. If this pack had a power animal, it would definitely be an Anaconda. Its seemingly diminutive appearance belies just how many items can be stuffed down its gullet. Its wonderfully articulated, breathable straps and removable, padded hip belt constrict expertly around my modest frame and displace my overzealous loads with such efficiency so as to make me [almost] forget I am carrying too many things to the crag at all! My only complaint is that there is neither a hydration bladder sleeve nor expandable, mesh side panels for water bottles. Nonetheless, you can still cram life's necessities into the pack's confines and carry them comfortably if so inclined. The included rope tarp also serves as an emergency blanket, advertisement to how cool I try to look at the crag, as well as a rain cover for the pack itself. What's more, the top pocket is roomy enough to hold all the odds and ends you carry everyday as well as a decent sized DSLR camera. What remains beyond my grasp is why there aren't any stores supplying this pack for all to see. Buy this pack and - NEVER STOP EXPLORING!