Why It's Cool
Sometimes, even smaller packs need to carry heavy cargoice tools, camera gear, rock samples. The Needle weighs four pounds three ounces yet incorporates a full arsenal of support featuresdense thermomolded foam that cups and cushions hips and shoulders, and a real framesheet with aluminum stays to provide structure. I felt happily insulated from my load, even when I pushed it over 40 pounds. » The design is superclean, but check the detailing: garages to prevent seepage into the tops of watertight zippers, a full-length side zipper for access to the pack bag, and another for a practically invisible front pocket. » The laminated fabric isn't touted as waterproof (too many seams), but you'd have to stand under Niagara to soak your goods.Hmmm . . .
The price you pay for sleekness: no wand or water-bottle pockets, and only a clip to secure a hydration bladder.