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The High Peak Trango 65 retains typical large pack features despite the low weight. A beefy suspension system keeps the pack comfortable on your back. The primary compartment can be divided into upper and lower sections to ease organization. The non-removable top lid also features a bottom and top pocket for easy gear storage.
As with everything light weight, there are some tradeoffs. High Peak stripped all but two outside pockets from the pack. There aren't pockets on the hip belt either. Even the ice axe loops are on a diet, as there's only one included on the pack.
How does the Trango 65 perform in the wilderness? The Trango 65 works well. Some nice features are missing, but the required ones are there and work well. The suspension system is a bit on the basic side, but it's comfortable and helps transfer weight to your body effectively. While the lack of external pockets makes for a slightly messier pack, the upper and lower separation keeps the mess to a minimum. Side pockets are easily accessible and allow for water bottle or trekking pole retrieval without having to take off the bag.
The fabric High Peak chose is slightly on the heavy side. Although this adds weight to the pack, it's well worth it. Scrapes against rocks and trees leave little or no trace on the bag, and it looks like the Trango will stand years of abuse.
The High Peak Trango 65 works well, but it's not perfect. The plastic used on the buckles does feel a bit on the lower quality side, and the hydration bladder sleeve could use some work. These are minor problems in a well made pack.
Daily Hiker is a web magazine dedicated to helping hikers, backpackers, mountaineers, and anyone else interested in the outdoors. Branden McIntyre serves as the Editor/Photographer. Based in Seattle, you can find McIntyre on one of the many Seattle area trails during the weekends.
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