- Product Review (submitted on July 5, 2019):
I've had my venture pack for about a week now and overall I'm pretty happy with it. I originally chose this one over others it because of s balance between price and features. 'It's fairly rugged , comfortable and has lots of storage. The compartments and pockets were thought out pretty well IMO, but I'm still a little iffy on the expandable stash pocket . On one hand, it's handy if you want to just dump something quickly into your pack that you're carrying, like a windbreaker or a bottle of water. On the other hand, you really have to cinch down the top compression straps to keep it closed when the pack's main compartment isn't full; otherwise, it has a tendency to flap open while you're moving around with it on your back. The straps and waist belt are well padded and have mesh on them for breath ability. I also like the fact that the waist belt has MOLLE webbing on it so that you can attach small pouches or gear to it. The pack by itself is a little heavy, but it's a fair tradeoff given the pack's rugged construction. I've also used it to transport my laptop - here was plenty of room in the main compartment for the laptop and my gear, though the opening directly above the laptop pocket was a bit of a tight squeeze for my laptop. Again, I'm pretty pleased with the backpack overall - the only things I would change would be to put some sort of fastener at the top of the stash pocket like a strap and side release buckle so that it would stay closed without cinching down the compression straps, and I would make the zipper opening to access the laptop sleeve just a tad bit wider. Otherwise it's a great pack so far.