It is tough for me not to be effusive to the point of utterly lacking objectivity about this pack, which Superior Wilderness Designs sent me (for free) to evaluate. Design and construction are polished, clean and professional without being showy, and represent the absolute best of the burgeoning made in the US cottage backpack industry. And if that weren’t enough to stir my heart, this particular model is largish, burly, simple, and versatile. It is where I’ve wanted ultralight packs to go for over a decade, and seeing what is likely the first fully realized incarnation of that, at least that I’ve seen in person, is exciting. So I’ll be holding off on substantive impressions for a while. What follows are the facts for this prototype.
50.8 oz fully equipped; main fabric is X50
3.1 oz of straps
5.1 oz belt
43.75 inch top circ (11 inch back, 12.75 inch front, 10 inch sides)
40 inch unrolled height
36 inch bottom circ (11 inch back, 9 inch front, 8 inch sides)
The numbers don’t tell the full story, as the shaping of the main bag is sophisticated and involved. It is also worth highlighting how many, fully modular straps are contained in that 3 ounces. An adaptable compression system that is durable, quick to use, and strippable without leaving a rats nest has long been an ideal. Time will (shortly) tell how many of those boxes the Big Wild checks.
In summary. I haven’t been this excited about a backpack in a long time.