I have a confession. I like backpacks.
In 2012 I was looking for a new pack and discovered a the AS-2 pack from OutThereUSA!
I contacted Mike Kloser and I was super impressed with his resume and his customer service. To say he is an athlete is almost an insult. This guy is an elite athlete with multiple wins in races such as a 4 time Adventure Racing World Champion, World Mountain Bike Champion, World Long Distance Orienteering Champion, 3 time Eco Challenge Champion and 5 time Primal Quest Champion.
He designed his packs for outdoor pursuits such as adventure racing, climbing, trekking and mountain biking. Mike packs more adventure in before breakfast than most of us do in a single day.
One of the things that drew me to Mike’s pack was the numerous pockets to help keep things organized.
Additionally, the waist belt has built-in water bottle holders as well as a waterproof pocket on the right and a mesh pocket for miscellaneous items and such on the left. Each shoulder strap has 2 more pockets for smaller items such as gels and they are big enough for a GPS as well. The pack also has two water reservoir sleeves. It is well designed and durable.
Other features I like are the beavertail as well as a stow-away mesh helmet carrier.
A handy map pocket holds maps and other stuff out of the way but is super easy to access without having to open the whole pack.
Perhaps my favorite are the two pockets on the top lid (the lower one opens from the side so stuff doesn’t fall out and the upper one has a mesh top so you can actually see what are looking for).
There are multiple attachment points for skis, snowboards, snowshoes, ice axes, tents, … you name it you can carry it. The side access zipper makes getting raingear out of the pack a breeze.
- Pack Weight- 42oz., 1.2kg. (Blue), 44.5oz, 1.25kg. (Green)
- Volume- 1,830 to 2,440 cu. In.
- Internal Pack Storage- 30 liters storage in main pack compartment
- External Mesh/Nylon Storage- 10 liters storage on outside of pack
- Pack dimensions- 20″H x 12″W x 6″D / 50.8cm x 30.5cm x 15.2cm
$179.00 plus shipping and handling
This pack is probably a bit more than many people would want to spend on a day pack for climbing. I purchased the pack primarily for overnight jaunts but quickly found that I liked it a lot for day trips as well. Its the pockets.
OutThereUSA! has other packs to consider as well.
The MS-1 retails for $144.00 plus shipping and handling.
The original AS-1 retails for $169.00 plus shipping and handling.
The AS-2 from OutThereUSA! is a bomber pack for someone who likes to be organized. It is also a great pack for those of use who enjoy multiple kinds of outdoor activities. This pack can be used all year so a one pack system can replace multiple packs thus saving money, space, and hassles of switching packs.
Give Mike a shout and see if he can help you find the OutThereUSA! pack that best fits your need. Here is the link to his store. OutThereUSA!
See you on the routes,
© Montana Outdoor Guidebooks, 2014
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I did purchase this pack from OutThereUSA! at a discounted price for use in my book project. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”