I would have been all over this, until I looked at the Amazon reviews for other Olympia USA products. Basically everything they make (if reviewed at all) is around 3 stars. Too bad, since a solid backpack with a padded waist strap, at a Meh discount, would be much appreciated.
@Odysseus1001 I was thinking the same thing, but the few reviews are for luggage products, which… eh… maybe not the same designer and/or factory. Personally, I’m still on the fence to take the gamble for $30. I think I’ll sleep on it and see if anyone chimes in with info
@Yoda_Daenerys I’m one of the dumbasses who pays for VMP, and I use it at least once a month for wine, so I’m calling it free shipping and no fancy GIFs will change my mind. Maybe I should drink less wine, though…
Camping brings to mind the experience of sleeping on the dirt in the worlds smallest bed. No Internet. A little extra time in the morning since there is not a sink or shower. Did I mention no Internet? After beef jerky and a radish for breakfast, it’s time for a hike. One’s favorite activity on a few hours sleep, unwashed, a little hungry, and maybe a need to use the bathroom. Oh, that’s right: No bathroom. Once it’s dark one really becomes a bit misty-eyed about electricity (and the Internet). Makes one want to plan that hiking trip next month (only because you truly hate your friends and family).
@ManBehindPlan I have an awesome Kelty pack with the Woot! logo embroidered on it. I use it regularly and really like it. I do wish they had offered a larger one as that one isn’t quite large enough to be a work bag for me.
@dam091 Without knowing anything else about your needs,wants, and expectations–the 5.11 RUSH 72. 5.11 makes pretty good products, it’s a healthy sized bag, has PALS, and Otherwise you really need to narrow down what you want.
I received this bag today. One of my purchasing decisions was Meh’s reported weight of 1 lb. this is quite wrong, the bag is 2lb, 12 oz or 2.75 lbs. I looked for other references on the web before purchasing and could find no one else with a weight listed. So, I’m sad this is nearly 3 times the supposed weight as I bought it for a child’s daypack.
Regarding the bag, it does seem well-made. There is a hydration system opening sewn into the back and a clip to hold the hose on the right chest strap. There is a mesh bridge to hold the pack away from your back so your back doesn’t get (as) sweaty.
There is one large interior pocket and a mesh/elastic pouch in that to hold the hydration bladder against the wall closest to your back.
There is a small/thin pocket on the flap/other wall furthest from your back with sewn in pockets for small items.
There is an external ‘pouch’ unzippered pocket external to that, and then the smaller pocket with that funky middle of the pack zipper you see in the photos.
Plenty of room for change of clothes/snacks, etc in the bag interior even after bladder is installed.
Hydration system compatible, but not included.
Hope this helps anyone else make a purchasing decision should Meh resell it.