I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents on the Maxpedition Roll Polly day pack (extreme?).My friend in Bangkok gave me this pack for free because he had gotten several in Iraq on a tactical aquisition raid.
To be honest I only hiked about 20 miles with this pack but almost immediatly noticed that the shoulder straps are too narrow and too thin. I think if you have more than 10 pounds in this pack and had to carry it very far you would be hurting.
I did like the capacity of this bag and was amazed at the amount of gear i was able to put in it.
Here is a list of the gear i had in the bag when i used it on my scout:
army field jacket liner,
gloves with wool liners,
1 pair wool socks,
2 drive on rags,
1 short sleeve 5.11 tactical shirt,
25' of type 1 nylon,
50' of type 2 nylon,
wyley X sunglasses,
toilet paper roll,
various plastic bags,tooth brush,
2 bic lighters,
1 small monocular (Russian),
canteen cup with lid,
rolly polly dump pouch,
misc other items.
I also had a 20 oz (coke bottle) of water and a quart ziplock bag of trail mix when in the field.
To me that was pretty impressive for this small bag, you can see in the photos the amount of gear i had.
Anyhoo, all in all the pack is well made and I really dig the emergency whistle built into the sternum strap buckle - cool idea!, But IMHO not worth the $69.00 price tag.
I believe this is a good pack if used for its intended purpose as an emergency bag.
I have heard a lot about these bags and have seen several Dudes carrying these "Man Purses" when i was deployed down range. To me it is just another trendy item which will soon fade from memory.
This one will go in to my box of trade gear.
Ill stick with my northface back packs, more comfortable, functional and less expensive!