Apr 4, 2012 at 6:52 am #1288285
It's kind of a perennial favorite and had a new model come out last year with significant changes. No review? Why oh why BPL?
I'm trying to figure out why it seems like it's as durable and quality as various other bags and is by far the cheapest.Apr 4, 2012 at 9:21 am #1863500
I have both a Starlite and an original (2010) Swift. I can't comment on the changes made in 2011 (which all seem positive) but I can tell you that both packs are easy to carry, spacious, well-built, and rugged.
If you're considering one I'd encourage you to buy it. SMD will take it back if you don't like it and they have pretty good resale value on Gear Swap if you use it for a couple of trips and then change your mind.
Perhaps you can be the one to write the review…Apr 4, 2012 at 9:31 am #1863503
@troutLocale: Long Beach
There are and there aren't. Many people review and comment on items, not many people do a full on formal review. Google search without quotes "site:backpackinglight.com smd swift"
That'll pop up people who have had questions, and people who have given opinions.
Also, since it's what got me to purchase mine, and also given my hetero man-crush for Stick (the well informed prolific reviewer who buys everything I want, have wanted, and want-to-buy-but-didn't-know-about), http://sticksblog.com/gear/my-current-gear/backpack/six-moon-designs-swift/ is a good review, though I don't think it's necessarily the latest iteration of the pack.Apr 4, 2012 at 9:52 am #1863511
Thanks for the heads up. I'll check out the review.
I am in the market for my first UL Pack. I have used a Deuter 3600 for about 5 years. It's a bomb proof bag, but it also weighs 3 1/2+ pounds.
I am torn between the SMD Swift and the MLD Exodus. Because I have never used a frameless bag, I can't get over the fact that the MLD line has no stays or anything (except the new inflatable thing) – yet everyone loves the line and seems to say they are incredibly comfortable. There is just something about it. I think it reminds me of a high school backpack or something. I think that is where my attraction to the Swift comes in, with its removable stays. It's closer to my "comfort zone".
And like I said in the OP, my attraction to the swift begs the question, how in the world is it so cheap compared to the Exodus, and why?Apr 4, 2012 at 10:22 am #1863523
Maybe SMD will not give a Swift to review? I have no idea if that's the case, just throwing that out there.
RyanApr 4, 2012 at 11:04 am #1863561
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
The SMD Swift was included in the 2011 State of the Market Report on lightweight frameless packs:
The pack that was completely left out of the recent State of the Market Reports on packs (frameless and internal frames) was the popular ULA Ohm.
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