/ Rucksacks - Main compartment zips??
Don't they add weight, complexity and cost while decreasing weather resistances and durability?? Itís also interesting (well sort of) that more than a few top end manufacturers have designed them in to their packs at one time or another. I also accept that there are more than a few who havenít! Try as hard as I might I fail to see the point of them.
Why don't you just get one without a zip. It's a no brainer. Because surely a zip isn't really worth moaning about.
So you can get something out of the bottom of your pack without feeling around blindly, without taking gloves off, without taking stuff out etc?
I use it all the time when I need to check if I packed an item and don't want to have to get it out again.
These zips are a solution in search of a problem.
I have one in my ski touring sack and never use it and it seems fragile. Normally I would not buy a sack with a main compartment zip but the rest of the design is so good I just had to make an exception ( Haglofs Rand 48, before they changed the design and spoilt it, but confusingly kept the same name!)
Deuter guide 35+, wasn't sure about the zip, but I find I use it all the time.
I think the zips work very well on smaller packs, such as my ancient Lowe Pax 15 and BD BBEE, but for anything decent, I'm with you on preferring the drawstring and lid design.
No point having side access when everything is inside a dry bag - unless you're using multiple dry bags.
Multiple dry bags are the way forward.
In my younger backpacking days with the old Karrimor Jaguar sac, I thought it was great being able to get my sleeping bag out without having to unpack a weeks worth of grubby undies. Never been that bothered in a climbing context though.
> Multiple dry bags are the way forward.
Actually, waterproof rucksacs are the way forward, but this seems unusually challenging for the manufacturers. If they can make a waterproof hardshell, why not a rucksac?
I would definitely buy one but my old Mammmut pack refuses to die. I have Ortlieb pannier bags from the first series they ever made, and they are still in daily use after 25 years or so. Totally indestructible,
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