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On the fence
Happy to report that the shoulder straps are indeed thicker than skimmer/Skarab and the duffle kit. I gave it a quick test run of 25 minutes at 28lbs of water + pack. No good. The next day a tried again with water + pack at 21 lbs for 60 minutes it was tolerable. But keep in mind this bag is not for me it’s for a petite 2nd and a stocky 3rd grader. It appears to fit them well enough. They should have no problem growing into also. The 2nd grader packed it full at 12lbs and walked about 2 miles in the neighborhood. She said “it was heavy but doable.” I’m still on the fence with this pack. I’ve waited so long for it’s arrival and now that it’s in my hands I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong it’s very aesthetically pleasing. I appreciate the layout of all the pockets, something that was lacking on the Deuter Trail Pro 30 sl. A separate hydration compartment is always practical in my book.
Although the straps are thicker than the skimmer/skarab series in my opinion they could have been more. The most important feature to me is indeed so.