– South Elgin IL
Likes: Without a doubt the most comfortable heavy load backpack ever! Try one on and you,re sold.
Dislikes: Total empty pack weight on the scales is more than most but with the suspension system and comfort you will never know it.
– Grand Rapids MI
Likes: I looked at a lot of backpacks before getting the Baltoro. This pack is incredibly well built with pockets in all the right places. The layout and access makes it easy to get at what you need when you need it. The harness and hip belt are by far the most comfortable I have used and take some of the pain out of carrying a load on a longer trip. Great pack!
Dislikes: The comfort and usability offset the weight penalty. This is still a relatively light pack.
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Likes: Great level of comfort at heavy loads.
– Bothell WA
Likes: It fits my back so well compared to other backpacks the second I put it on I was sold. So far I only used it on a short 3 mile hike in the drizzle, loaded with about 40lbs of gear, and once I properly adjusted it I forgot is was on my back. Quality and design of the backpack are great. Definitely worth the price.
– Battle Ground WA
Likes: This pack is super comfortable. I tried on several different brands at local stores but none even came close. This is my first backpacking pack but I am very happy with it so far.
– Hudsonville MI
Likes: This bag has nearly verything I have been looking for--front opening, storage pocket, and a separate sleeping bag compartment. Gregory packs fit extremely well.
Dislikes: A touch heavy. But it carries well.
– Jackson MS
Likes: Fast shipping, great price! Have had the chance to bring the pack out on few one and two nighters, and it's been stellar so far. Lots of storage options, plenty large enough for weeklong+ trips, but compressible enough to be practical for a weekend car camping too. Hipbelt is VERY comfortable (with a couple of quick access pockets built onto it - bonus!), and the small size fits my 5'10", 140lbs. frame well. Color in real life is accurate to picture on site. All in all, very pleased with the pack. Will definitely be buying more gear from Backcountry Edge too.
Dislikes: Probably just due to newness of product, but pack does squeak a little (very little) when walking. Will see if this persists or tones down after more use.
– BALTIMORE MD
Likes: Took this out for a fall trip near Mount Rogers. It was incredibly well balanced, easy to adjust since it was my first time using this pack, and easy to keep organized. I had used a Gregory Shasta for the past 15 years, and this was eye opening as to how comfortable a pack could be. It was a short trip, but the pack could have easily carried more if needed.
Dislikes: The access to the sleeping bag compartment is pretty small. I probably could have used a smaller compression bag and made it easier on myself, but it was hard to get through the opening. It fit just fine once in, but it was tough. Not a real negative, pretty nitpicky, but it was something I noticed
– Orange CA
Likes: Fits great; very comfortable
Dislikes: It does squeak when backpacking. I assume it is the harness moving; hopefully will go away with more miles on it
– Mt. Pleasant SC
Likes: Sturdy construction. Very comfortable for my back. Everyone is different so you have to try a few. I tried similar sized Osprey and Lowe packs. Previously owned Kelty. By far this pack fits best due to the auto cant system. Had to order medium frame with large hip belt and shoulder harness. Outstanding service from Taylor assisting me with fit. For reference I am 5'11" 200lbs and size 45/46 in a coat. The ability to custom fit makes a huge difference to me. Outside pockets are a good size. Hipbelt pockets a plus. Load lifters seemed firm at 45lbs but I only tested for short time at that weight. Still, everything seemed very solid.
Dislikes: I made peace with the weight. Yes the sturdiness comes at a price of 2.5 lbs more than I really wanted. However, I am happy to carry 40lbs comfortably rather than 37lbs uncomfortably. I'm not a weight weenie so this compromise is fine with me and I bet with most backpackers once they try this pack. The surprise con is that the back panel is hot. It does not ventilate well which may be a bigger problem down the road.
– Toledo OH
Likes: The Baltoro 65 has multiple storing options with different compartments and access points so gear can be easily accessed while on the trail. While it is a little on the heavy side it makes up for the weight by the flexibility and comfort that the system employs.
Dislikes: Multiple buckles can be confusing when in low light or trying to move quicly.