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Sierra Designs Revival 65 Backpack review
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Sierra Designs Revival 65Sierra Designs introduced the Traverse series of backpacks earlier in 2011. The category is new and six packs highlight the line. The Sierra Designs Revival 65 is one of the packs that may be a cornerstone for backcountry adventures that are longer than just a weekend outing.

The Revival 65 touts the typical features - trekking pole holders, two water bottle pocket, a sturdy waist belt with pockets, load compression straps, hydration bladder pocket and a handful of external pockets. It packs in 3,800 cubic inches of storage and the Revival 65’s body is designed with nylon and reinforced with Cordura. And crack open a trail beer with the built-in bottle opener on the shoulder harness.

The hilly trails of Boyce Mayview Park south of Pittsburgh were the testing ground for the Sierra Designs Revival 65 backpack.

Sierra Designs touts the Traverse lines’ backpanel for its support. An aluminum stay that mimics the shape of the spine is attached to a framesheet. The loaded Revival 65 balanced the weight effectively taking on the ascending and descending countryside of Boyce Mayview Park.

Thepack touches your back only at a few points – both shoulder blades and lumbar back. This did wonders for ventilation, and it allowed air to circulate and minimally inhibits wicking sweat off your back.

Sierra_Designs_logoimages/Sierra DesignsSierra Designs allows you to access your pack from the top loading pocket and through the rear panel. The rear panel access gives added convenience for grabbing gear in the mid to bottom of the pack. Packs that are just top loaders can be a pain if you need to get to something buried in the bottom of your pack. And the handy panel access came in handy when the first aid kit was unexpectedly needed.

To get the best fit, it takes some time to get the Sierra Designs Revival 65’s harness, waist belt and aluminum stay to work in unison. Once you get your proper fit cinched, the pack is a high performer and a choice for multiple day treks. (MSRP $239.95)

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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