2011 Drop Descent Pack Review
Drop Descent Pack review by evo - I planned to use this pack instead of my CamelPak when on vacation at Breckenridge this winter. The pack seems to have a fairly decent amount of internal storage space for all those extras you'd like to have on the mountain for the day. Strap positioning seems comfortable and won't be an issue wearing it while snowboarding. The materials seem sturdy and what you would expect at this price point and intended use. Very thick and comfortable gel padding on the back of the pack will keep those hard items inside from poking you.
The only reason I did not give it a higher rating nor a "Yes, I would recommend this to a friend" is the product description on Evo states it is hydration capable. I cannot find a compartment or access point that would hold a hydration bladder like a CamelPak. This is VERY disappointing as I wanted the hydration capability of my CamelPak with larger storage. I have located two slots that appear to accomodate a hydration hose (top of pack and lower side of pack)exiting the pack but no hook/strap for supporting the bladder nor a separate compartment inside for the bladder to keep other gear dry if the bladder gathers condensation.
Another disappointment, the product description states it has multiple headphones slits. The only slits I've located are the above mentioned ones and neither slit accesses a separate media pocket for MP3 player. They open to the large interior of the pack. One of the side pockets is lined but again no access points for earbuds from the pocket other than through the pocket's zipper. The location of the side pocket at the bottom of the pack is also not condusive to a media pocket and it is too small to be a google pocket.
Finally, one item shown in the photos but not listed in the product description is a horizontal board carrier built into the back of the pack. It is an interesting feature but should be identified in the product description. I thought when looking the pictures that this was where the hydration conmpatible compartment was located.
If anyone can point out where I am missing how to set-up a hydration bladder (i.e. CamelPak or similar) with this pack then I would happily revise my review.
I think I will keep this pack for day-trips where I need comfortable storage but begin searching for a new pack that is really hydration capable and provides the larger storage I need.
Review by evo
Categories: Gear Lifestyle Tags: backpack, drop, descent pack, pack,
Added: 4/22/2011 Reviewed By: evo