- 1000 denier nylon exterior
- Total Volume: 2,050 c.i.
- Weight: 8 lbs 8 oz
- Dimensions main bag: 21"h x 12"w x 7"d
On the premise of “don’t be an idiot and use un-tested gear”; that’s exactly what I did. And it was GREAT!!! Here’s all the things I did wrong:
1) never tested it before a 3 day trip;
2) didn’t size the harness well;
3) didn’t buy some accessories that would have been great until well after the fact.
And the results:
1) it’s such a great pack that I was still pretty happy with my trip. Hills, swamps, lots of rain, 61lb pack without water.
2) Although I eventually sized it right after the trip, I was pretty comfortable throughout. The pack’s ability to keep the center of gravity close to the user is almost unheard of in other brands that would rather just make the weight taller. Getting back to the proper sizing: I found the Eberlestock sizing video when I got home. Watch that, it’ll also help with a bit of familiarization with the gear.
3) The rain cover I wanted was sold out, but everything was in ziplock bags. My hydration bladder was slung on the side behind one of the main compartments. It worked but wasn’t pretty. The FannyTop is on the was.
I’m so glad this pack was made to be better than me as a user. Now that I’ve hopefully smartened up, I have a new 5 day trip on the horizon, some accessories coming, it’s sized properly, and I’ve even tested it more by throwing some weight in it and going up and down 75 flights of stairs in my building with no complaints (at least for the pack).
This pack makes you look forward to carrying heavy things.
The J51 with the G1 zipped in and the Spike Duffel strapped on worked out great for a weekend excursion to the mountains. Was able to pack everything we needed.
Compared to my old REI pack of Boy Scout years past, this thing feels like wearing pillows. Breathes well, sits well, and just does an overall good job. Do be advised that the hydration pockets are not elastic and only hold up to a 2L bladder. Don't be like me and buy a 3L bladder without reading the specs.
The one change I've made is replacing the waist strap buckle with a Cobra buckle, but that's just personal preference. I did have a thread come loose on the elastic sternum strap after about 15mi of use (loaded to about 50lbs), but haven't had any more problems since. Looking forward to adding the Little Brother to this setup in the near-ish future!
I need to pack out with several different units. Each has different gear requirements. To support this, I need a bag that could pack a lot while also being configurable for the mission at hand. I bought the Warhammer, the Little Big Top, and the large waterproof bag.
I am able to zip the waterproof bag into the main compartment, load that with items that shouldn't get wet, and then also zip the LBT on the secondary load points. The LBT fits with its own straps and waist belt attached...for more room you can also remove them. Using the straps that come with the Warhammer I am able to cinch everything down nice and tight. The pack is amazingly comfortable and easy to manage.
For other mission sets I need to zip in my fire duffel or my rescue duffle. The Warhammer is able to gobble up those bags too. The horizontal straps are able to reach around these gear bags and keep them in place. The duffel bags are sitting on the frame and therefore unable to slip down over time. The vertical straps for these duffels will need the available extension straps.
To carry less gear in this configuration I can also leave the drybag at home or leave the LBT at home. Both zip directly into the main compartment without any problem at all.
And for an even smaller load I can just zip the two side bags that come with the Warhammer together.
And when the Warhammer is too much or a framed pack in general is too much I now have a Little Big Top to carry a fair amount of gear.
I have been a 5.11 bag guy forever. I have done many events and missions with 5.11. But I finally hit my limit which needed me to upgrade to Eberlestock equipment. Now having trained with and touched Eberlestock gear...I can see swapping my entire family out to Eberlestock backpacks. Top-notch quality bags. I will be singing this company praise for some time to come.
CA Fish and Wildlife builds in the Mojave Preserve quickly showed me I needed a pack that was both modular and had the ability to help carry heavy loads. The J51 seemed like the winner, especially when I saw the pictures of it being used to carry a jerry can. I can now say that it has handled a fifty pound Honda generator and a long list of tools. The adjustability allows me to balance the load and maintain comfort. The only draw back to this pack is that it weights so much empty. But given some of the loads it has had to carry, I can forgive that. In fact, I bought a second pack for my son.