Ok the Granite Gear pack did not work out for me. It’s a really nice and light pack. However, the Escape 40 had some issues for me that I hadn’t noticed until I used it last Saturday during Map and Compass training.
First off, the cinching straps are too small (they are really cords, not straps) and short to use for securing gear to the outside of the pack. The top pocket is too small. And for some reason the hip belt bruised the hell out of me. So I’m afraid the pack goes back. Next up is the Osprey Kestrel.
This pack is classic Osprey (my favorite brand)
Photo courtesy Osprey
The Kestrel uses the classic Osprey compression system. Great materials. And it is set up better for the way that I load and carry gear. More on this pack after I put it to use within the next few weeks.