Alps Mountaineering Cascade Backpack 4200
The Cascade is a popular internal choice in the ALPS Mountaineering line. Differing from the other internals offered, the Cascade has a large zippered pockets on each side of the pack, making it convenient to get to certain items quickly, while you're out on the trail. In addition to the large outside pockets, the Cascade has lower side bottle pockets and #10 zippers on the lower door offering easy access to your sleeping bag or other gear below the internal horizontal divider. Don't worry about buying a fanny pack for those quick hikes away from camp either because the top pocket converts to a fanny pack. When you're ready for your trip and your pack is full, but you still have a few things to take, don't worry! The top of the Cascade extends with a spindrift collar, so you can "over pack." The top pocket adjusts up and down to keep it in the correct position and we've included an "Over the Top" compression strap to stabilize your extra gear. There's also an included rain cover, stored in the bottom of the pack, so you're pack is ready for all kinds of weather. Once you try the Cascade, you won't settle for anything less.
- Tubular Lightweight Frame
- Top Pocket Converts to a Fanny Pack
- Rain Cover Included
- Improved Adjustable Suspension
- Top Loading - Extendable Top Lid
- Spindrift Collar with Draw Cord
- "Over the Top" Compression Strap
- Rescue Whistle Buckle on Sternum Strap
- Hydration Pocket & Port
- Zippered Side Pockets
- Lower Side Bottle Pockets
- Front Access to Main Pocket
- Lash Points on Front of Pack
- Lower Door - #10 Zipper
- Internal Horizontal Divider
- Standard Harness Included (Torso Range: 16.5"-21")
- Standard Waistbelt Included (Range: 26"-40")
Fabric: Polyester Ripstop
Capacity: 4200 cu. in. / 69 L
Weight: 5 lb. 2 oz.
I've had this bag for 2 months and have gone on several multiple day backpacking trips. It shows no signs of wear and has been extremely comfortable. I bought a Playtypus 3 L bladder and it fits nicely in the pocket inside. If you're looking for a nice starter pack this is the way to go. There are more expensive ones out there but unless you're an ulta-light backpacker or are a seriously avid backpaker this bag will work for you.
This pack is a good entry level pack. The water bottle pockets are not deep enough for standard camelback or nalgene bottles. The hydration pouch will not hold more than two liters. The should straps could have a little longer padding. The good, rain cover works well. The side pockets hold a jet boil and food. The top pouch works well. The sleeping bag fits a 20 degree bag and compression sack.
Hip pad is not comfortable. My hips were bruised carrying it for 8 miles with a weight of about 45 lbs.Spend a little more and get something nicer.