SOURCE Product Reviews (Page 8)
Been up to the Swedish mountains for a four day tour, the pack weight was approx. 60 pounds (27kg) starting out.
No problem what so ever handling the weight, easy access to the things in the pack.
I've used a lot of backpacks both civilian and issued ones, this is by far one of the best so far.
Easy access to the compartments, strong and sturdy zippers, and a good over all feel to it.
The only thing I would have wanted was that the reservoir would have been a low profile instead of the standard one.
For my use and in my opinion the best backpack you can buy, especially considering the price.
I used it in Spain and Italy on long walks under the mediterranean sun and I can say that the back breath incredibly well. It's well constructed and very rugged; with the belt you can stabilize the weight on your hips (when the pack is not heavy, you can just detach it), the padded shoulders straps can withstand long walks easily with medium/ heavy loads : it's very comfortable even with heavy loads. You can adjust them easily to every morphology. The front pockets are well made and placed ingeniously ! In the lower you can place a softshell or a light/medium fleece and in the higher one, you can store little objects you need hand reachable (keys, ID cards, pens...). This pack sold with an insulated hydration compartment & WLPS hydration system is a very clever formula. It keeps water in a constant temperature (in hot days the compartment is large enough to accept an ice pack). With 35L capacity it's a versatile "workhorse" : you can do everything !
The negative points are :
-no renforcement on the lower part of the rucksack. So be careful cause it can wear out with abrasion in the future.
-the nylon used is not completely waterproof and living in a wet region of France....I know it. But all in all, with a cover ouside and waterproof bags inside you don't have nothing to fear concerning raining. This bag can face to a little rain but don't expect to have your content dry with a heavier raining. Use a cover and/ or nylon waterproofing.
-No quick detach system to the suspenders.
In conclusion, Source has done a really good rucksack ! Keep going !
Quality materials and construction, fast international shipping, great comfort and compartments, and no suprises. I also really appreciate the waist belt being removable, when I am cycling, having the waist belt on other packs has been uncomfortable.
If they offered in a bright color I would buy another one and have one dedicated to hiking/cycling and one for hunting.