REI Mercury - Backpacks: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
REI Mercury  -  Backpacks: Reveiws

   Photo: Clay Ellis

Why It's CoolMinimalism ain't for everyone—this pack will tote whatever load you can. Two stiff aluminum stays convey the 4,600-cubic-inch burden onto an exceptionally comfortable padded hipbelt. » That belt utilizes two parallel adjustment straps on each side so you can pamper your hips. Why don't all pack makers do this? » A full-length waterproof zipper down one side provides access without undoing the lid. » Lots o' pockets. A shovel pocket and front shock cord stow need-'em-now items like raingear. Ski slots house even the fattest planks. Mesh stashes hold water bottles; zip pockets are perfect for snacks. » A long, narrow load is a stable one, and this pack is designed that way: A compression-strap system holds things snug; a cranium cavity accommodates your noggin.

Hmmm . . .The huge lid cries out to convert to a lumbar pack, but it doesn't.

Filed To: Men's, Backpacks

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