GreatJorge wrote:Awesome looking backpack that gets good reviews but considering there is a bare hard frame against your spine there are safety issues with this pack in case you fall wearing it.
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I guess I'm chock full of good news tonight.
Can this pack be used outdoors for backpacking? Yes, it can. But it is better as a travel pack. It's kind of like having a small suitcase on your back - the front panel opens just like rolling luggage, give you access to all your stuff at once. Backpacking packs don't do that. It's almost perfectly sized to be a carry-on; at least you can get away with this pack just about every time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this pack for travel, but for backpacking in the outdoors I'd suggest something made specifically for that rather than this competent hybrid.
In regards to the amazon review: the metal stay ("frame member" is strange language) can be bent into whatever position you want. If it's uncomfortable then simply bend it to the shape you like. Or remove it. As for falling with this metal stay - seriously, all packs that can handle weight have metal stays or frames. They aren't padded and they could just as easily poke through the fabric during a fall as this Redwing pack. I've been involved in the outdoor world for more than 20 years and I've NEVER heard of this happening. Maybe in an avalanche or rock climbing accident, but those are not what this pack is made for.
The water bottle pockets: yes, the reviewer is right, it would be tough to use the mesh pockets for water bottles if you have the upper pockets filled. But since this pack is hydration compatible (meaning you can use a water reservoir - like a camelbak) then having water bottle pockets isn't essential. Plus, if the pack is actually used for travel instead of backpacking, then having a water bottle in the pocket isn't vital - just stick it inside the pack.
Please don't be put off by this pack because of this one reviewer. Their opinion counts, of course, but it doesn't give an accurate picture of what this pack is designed to do, and how well it does it.