This Hanchor Marble Backpack review highlights a pack from a new company in Taiwan: Hanchor. The company, founded in 2012, seems to consist of a group of climbers, all young. There appear to be as many female climbers as male climbers in the enterprise. Their mission is "to design innovative, simple, and high-quality bags to hold your stuff for all your adventures."
The Hanchor "MARBLE (backpack) is a 65 Liter (2198 fl oz.) ultralight hiking backpack using high-end material XPAC VX07. MARBLE is suitable for all kind of hiking trips with a roll top closure design and a two-track back frame system, providing comfortable carrying experience."
- Constructed mainly from XPAC VX07 fabrics, YKK waterproof zipper, roll top closure
- Bottom seam bound with thick webbing, helping the pack to stand and increasing the ability to resist abrasion
- Two-track back frame system, adequately ventilated
- Removable hip belt and Sternum Strap (with whistle device)
- Sides and top compression straps
- Daisy chains design at front for gear carrying
- Large front zipper pocket and two side pockets for quick access
- Two small zipper pockets on hip belt for small stuff
- Shipped with bungee cords which helps you attach gear
- Bag top circumference: 39 in. (99.1 cm)/Bottom circumference: 41 in (10.41 cm)/Height Fully Unrolled: 36.25 in. (92.1 cm)
- Torsos size- Regular (R): 17 ~ 19 in. (43.2 cm - 48.3 cm)/ Large (L): 19 ~ 21 in. (48. 3 cm - 53.3 cm)
- Removable Hip Belt Small (S): 26 ~ 32 in. (66.0 cm - 81.3 cm)/ Medium (M): 32 ~ 38 in. (81.3 cm - 96.5 cm)/ Large (L): 38 ~ 44 in. (96.5 cm - 111.8 cm)
- Backpack (includes hip belt and sternum strap): 33 oz. (928 g)
- Removable 2 vertical aluminum stays: 4 oz. (114 g)/ lateral aluminum stay: 1 oz. (31 g)
- Suggested limit of comfortable carrying capacity: 44 lbs. (20 kg)
- Other accessories: Long bungee cord*1/ Short bungee cord*2/ String Loop*2
- Price: 8490 NT (Taiwan), ~US $260
Well, what hits you immediately right between the eyes is the snow white color (albeit with black trim). There's nothing wrong with white unless you are going through a lot of burnt forest, but it does stand out.
But there are many other things on which to comment. (Acknowledgment to Hanchor for the obviously commercial photos used here.)
I quite like X-Pac fabric: I use something similar (but mostly in red) for the packs I have made. The material is durable, dimensionally stable and waterproof. I tape the seams on my packs; Hanchor has bound them instead. The pack stays pretty shower-proof with the bound seams, but I would hesitate to swim it.
On the other hand, the several zips used on the pockets are all meant to be "water-proof" zips. They will at least reject fairly substantial showers.
Read on for the full review!
- Review Assessment of Pack and Specifications
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