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2011

Overland Equipment Acadia Pack review
Written by Elizabeth O. Hurst   
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Overland Equipment AcadiaThe Overland Equipment Acadia pack is a useful accessory that simplifies life’s day-to-day adventures. Acadia’s style and functionality make it well suited for every sort of daily activity from local hikes and library study sessions to airline travel and urban excursions.

Acadia maintains a minimalistic look even with a well-supported laptop case, generously padded back panel and shoulder straps. The back panel helps the backpack maintain its shape without being too rigid. When the primary compartment has a normal load of books, lunch and a digital camera, the dimensions and cushion support feel just right.

Add to this loot a laptop and a couple sweatshirts, and the back panel starts feeling a bit bulky. If you want Acadia to accommodate more than needed for a day-long adventure, you will be hard pressed to fit a 15-inch laptop in its sleeve.

The Acadia is meant for huffing around gear that reasonably meets every day needs, not your entire life. And short excursion should not be over burdened with stuff.

The placement and size of Acadia’s five minor compartments make it easy for even the most disorganized adventurers to get their gear in order. Those overwhelmed by some packs’ excessive compartments will be enticed by Acadia’s simple pockets that accommodate all that a day trip requires.

The backpack has intuitive storage pockets on its shell, in the primary compartment or in the front zipper pouch. The best is the outer, fleece-lined “stash” pocket near the top of the pack that allows immediate access to sunglasses and cell phones without too much interruption. All three fleece-lined pockets instill confidence that any delicate item will be protected throughout the day.

The second favorite compartment is the low-profile side water bottle holder made of two pieces of nylon fabric connected with elastic. It is a good size for liter water bottles of a variety of shapes and heights, and doesn’t obstruct when it’s not being used. All pockets have sensible zipper, elastic or fabric closes.

Overland Equipment Logoimages/Overland EquipmentThe colors and design of Overland Equipment Acadia pack makes it easy for a co-ed crowd to share the duty of carrying the daypack. The “black/dusty blue” and “wheat/coffee bean” colors are conservative and unisex. A surprising combination at first, the turquoise-esque “peacock” coloring on the shell and pastel green “sprout” lining of the Acadia adds spunk to the pack. No matter which color Acadia you choose, it will make a clear statement that you’re a savvy and seasoned day adventurer. (MSRP $100)


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Elizabeth O. Hurst

Elizabeth O. HurstElizabeth O. Hurst regularly risks her ballet and ballroom dancing ankles to ski, camp, backpack, hike, sail, surf and bike.

Her family in San Jose, California and Julian Alps heritage made it easy for her to fall in love with the Stanislaus Mountains ski slopes, the San Francisco Bay from a 42-foot Catalina and the Redwoods covering Big Sur.

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