Matador Beast 28L Backpack

Matador Beast 28L Backpack is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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Product Description Item No.   10367579

FEATURES of the Matador Beast 28L Backpack

  • Lid Pocket For additional storage
  • Compression Straps, 2 per side to secure load
  • Dual Side Pocket, easy access storage
  • Gear Tethers
  • Symmterical Routing for hydration hose
  • Sternum Strap
  • Lumber Padding ultra light, added breathability
  • Hip Belt
  • Gear Loops
  • External Stash
  • Daisy Chain
  • Packs up into included compression bag

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Features: Carry-On Size, Water-resistant, Sternum Strap, Hydration Compatible, Hip Belt, Compression Straps
Weight: 20 oz
Fabric Details: PU Coated Ripstop Nylon
Pack Fabric: Nylon
Pack Pockets (+ main compartment): 4
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Hiking
Pack Capacity: 28 Liters / 1708 Cubic inches
Trip Length: Day
Frame Type: Frameless
Pack Access: Top
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dyrt Ranger Review: Matador Beast28 As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. On this trip, I tested the Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack. Matador has put some nice features on the backpack but has left a few things to be improved on. I am going to start with some of the pros: • Lightweight – This backpack weighs 1.14lbs which is very light! The material is very thin but seems to be resistant to wear and tear. They have also cut the weight and bulk by making the straps out of a lightweight breathable mesh. • Pockets – The backpack has a lid pocket and a bottom pocket can hold some of your favorite small items to keep them from getting lost in main area. The bottom pocket claims to be a storage space for the compression sack but I have been using it for a beanie or other small items. There is a front stash pocket with expandable compression straps and two smaller side pockets. • Daisy Chains – When space is at a premium, it is nice to be able to clip some extra gear on the outside of the pack. I have been using a carabineer to hang the compression sack from the daisy chains giving me a little extra storage space. There are two gear loops towards the top of the backpack that work perfect for hanging a solar panel when you are out. This is where the expandable compression straps come in handy. They hold some of the weight of the gear you loop on the daisy chains and keep the extra pressure off the zipper. • Main Compartment Access – The main storage area on the backpack has a clamshell design so it opens down both sides and the top giving you easy access to the entire compartment. • Hydration Compatible – I am a big fan of being able to carry a hydration bladder instead of just water bottles that tend to sweat all over everything. The backpack has easy to use generic clips that should allow you to use any brand bladder without issues. • Compression Sack – So many times, you buy something with a compression bag and you cannot ever get it back in. This backpack actually rolls down really well and can be put back in the back for easy travel or storage. The sack also double as extra storage space when hung from the daisy chains on the front. With all that being said here are some areas I think Matador could have improved the Beast28: • Pockets – The side pockets on the backpack are great for smaller items like a map or a cell phone but are very small and won’t hold a water bottle any larger than a disposable plastic bottle (even then it was a tight fit). They have a bit of stretch to them but not a lot. The other pocket that I felt could be improved is the external stash on the front. The pocket is not stretchy at all and that seems to limit it to a small book, map, or GPS. • Compression Straps – The compression straps go more to the side than to the top so it’s a little awkward to try to roll up a jacket or blanket to put in that area. I have done it but it would have made more sense to put them closer to the top. Especially since they are already kind of the way when you want to try to access the main storage area. In addition, if you choose not to utilize that area or the daisy chains then they do not serve much functional purpose but cannot be left undone otherwise you have extra material loose and swinging around. • Capacity Rating – I am not sure if this backpack is too small or my other backpack is too big but my other pack is rated at 18 liters and hold easily 1.3 times what the Beast28 (with a 28 liter capacity) holds. Overall, I am happy with the Beast28. It is working well as a more capable day pack than what I have been using and allows me to carry a full hydration bladder, lunch, snacks, and a few layers of clothing for the varying weather conditions. It is super light and compresses down so it’s easy to throw in my bag for longer trips but still capable of being used for more technical outings. I have highlighted a few things that I think Matador could improve on but none of them are notable enough to keep me away from using this as my primary day pack moving forward.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Backpack. Ever. I bought this backpack for a Disney trip (not your typical backpacking trip eh?). I needed/wanted something light weight that packed well. Totally hit the mark! Light weight. Packed into the stuff sack easily. Multiple easy access pockets. Waterproof (while on Disney rides nothing got wet). Very comfortable, and you can put a ton of items into this pack. Additional features will make it my favorite for any upcoming hikes too--headphone keeper, water pack insert area, etc. I am very pleased with this pack and highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-07
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How water resistant is this backpack? Will all of my stuff get soaked if it rains on a hike?

Asked by: Matt
Hey there Matt! I would say this pack is pretty standard as far as water resistance goes. I would definitely suggest using dry sacks or a rain cover if you are caught in a deluge and don't want all your stuff soaked. Matador actually makes a dry sack, check it out here: Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2018-06-29

Does this pack have pockets for water bottles?

Asked by: Paula
Hey Paula! The Matador Beast has 2 side pockets (elastic mesh) so you can fit standard sized bottles (or those ultra tall Smart Water bottles), but if you try to get one of those 64 ounce nalgene or fat Gatorade, you might start running into some snugness issues.
Answered by: Scrubba Dub
Date published: 2018-04-20
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