Oct 12, 2019 at 5:06 am #3613695Andrew MarshallModerator
@andrewsmarshallLocale: Eastern Sierras by way of the Southern AppalachiansOct 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm #3613744
Andrew, have you tried carrying a bear can inside of the pack? Can you share any experiences of how it carried specific bear can models inside rather than on top of the pack?Oct 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm #3614005Andrew MarshallModerator
@andrewsmarshallLocale: Eastern Sierras by way of the Southern Appalachians
Hey Matthew! I don’t own a bear canister – my primary hiking areas only require an UrSack or food hanging. I can tell you that the pack seems designed to carry a bear canister on top rather than inside. I think you could probably squeeze a small one in, but I’m fairly confident it wouldn’t be a comfortable experience. I think you’d probably feel it through the foam back panel.Oct 15, 2019 at 12:11 am #3614080
That’s a bummer. Thanks for responding.Nov 13, 2019 at 2:27 am #3618423
I’ve only worn it for ten minutes in the house but I’m quite impressed. The foam back panel is rather stiff, compared to what GG or ULA puts in their packs or improvised Ridgerest/ZLite, CCF, Evazote or relfectix options I’ve tried in the past.
I’m cautiously optimistic that the stiffness of the back in combination with larger shoulder straps might be a solution that works for me when my total pack weight creeps up to around 22 pounds. Normally I’m comfortable to around 18ish pounds in a frameless pack and I’ve been looking for a solution for slightly heavier trips without going to a full framed pack with a big hipbelt. This might be what I’ve been looking for.
Fingers crossed!Nov 13, 2019 at 3:34 am #3618427JohnBPL Member
@johnnyh88Locale: The SouthWest
Now that you have the pack, how does a bear can fit?Nov 13, 2019 at 11:42 am #3618461
The overall volume seems comparable to a MLD Prophet. I slipped my WI Scout into it and it fits quite easily. I don’t think I’ll have any problem carrying it with a mid, a couple items of extra clothing, quilt, etc for a 3 season trip.Nov 13, 2019 at 11:57 am #3618464
I gave the pack another detailed look last night and saw something that I really don’t like. It’s not a dealbreaker for me if the pack works but I’m guessing this will be a failure point and it’s an area I’ll be careful with and check frequently:
This is the junction between the side pocket and the front of the pack. The purple line marks a panel consisting solely of stretch mesh connecting the Spectra side pocket to the Spectra of the main body. I suspect the bottom of the stretch mesh on the side pocket will be the first thing to rip and need repair. The area highlighted yellow is where I think it’s most prone to ripping. I rely heavily on side pockets and I’m not thrilled about the inclusion of stretch mesh as part of its construction.Nov 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm #3618478JohnBPL Member
@johnnyh88Locale: The SouthWest
Glad to hear a bear can will fit inside. Strapping it on top looks like it would be unstable.Nov 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm #3681960Paul KilroyBPL Member
Any longer term reviews of this?
Very curious about others thoughts on max comfortable load.Nov 22, 2020 at 7:36 am #3685166Kent WBPL Member
I am considering getting a Zerk. Any additional feedback now that some folks have been wearing them for a while now?
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