And it was packed full. In addition to the regular gear, I threw a little extra weight (including the hefty, 549-page North American Wildlife guidebook) into the Teton Sport’s Summitt 2800 Ultralight.
The internal-frame pack has a lightweight feel even when nearly full, along with comfortable straps and a low strung design, that made me forgot I was even shouldering a pack. The Summit 2800’s padded back was a nice touch. But my favorite part feature was the pair of holders that snugly store water bottles. A compression strap keeps the bottle in place, but it’s still very easy to grab the bottle when you need to hydrate. The pair of bottle holders was a huge plus, since I’ve never had a pack that securely holds water bottles on the trail.
The top mesh compartment inside the pack held my truck keys, trail map and a pen (essential for a writer, of course).
The other slightly larger, top compartment for that necessary mosquito spray and sunblock comes in handy. As a reviewer I sought minor flaws — those things that would annoy or inconvenience out on the trail — but with it’s lightweight feel and the comfortable straps, and the thoughtful placement of the extra compartments, this pack was just about flawless thus far. Using carabiners, the front straps can also serve second duty, securing gear to the outside of the pack. I did this with my SPOT GPS. The bottom of the pack, unzips for easier access to anything stowed low inside the pack, and this makes a good place for a first aid kit. I found a solid deal for this pack on Amazon, nearly half off MSRP.
The pack seemed a little small at first, but I was surprised how nicely I was able to stowe more and more gear. And the pack doesn’t bulge. I’d say this pack is probably best for longer dayhikes and the overnight trek, but a larger pack would probably suit longer treks better. For me, this pack is a versatile, perfect all-around pack, and I’m looking forward to my next hike even more — with everything I need stowed in my new rucksack and just enough comfort.
Rach testing the Summit 2800 internal frame pack:
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