Jason Klass from Gear Talk reviews the new Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus Backpack

While I’ve been a big fan of the Golite Jam for years, I’ve always felt it was a little lacking in the “feature” area. It lacks hipbelt pockets, a functional mesh back pocket, and lash points. To my delight, the Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus pack fits me every bit as well as my Jam but is a much better design with a lot of features that I’ve always wished my Jam had. Say hello to my new Jam replacement!

A professional level backback for serious outdoor trekkers. We put a lot of extra labor and include multiple cutting edge details and hardware ( see the many detail pictures!) to make this pack the ONE that can do almost anything a Light Weight Backpacker needs year round. Seams are double stitched, felled and use many bartacks- more than 2X the seam stitching vs other budget packs . The mesh outside pockets are placed above the bottom of the pack to prevent wear when the pack is on the ground or when the user wears the pack while sitting – a design that requires far more time to build. Over six specific pack accessories are available for this pack to make it the perfect pack for all you Light adventures. We did not design this pack for a price point and proudly proclaim that over it’s service life this pack will cost you on average six pennies more per user night in the woods!

• Weight: 14.25oz (med- base weight)

17.50 oz would include two large Optional hipbelt pockets (.95ea) , included Sternum Strap(.5) , bungee lacing (.45) and Optional Internal Stow Pouch (.4)

We have seen some customers remove a few of many unique hardware features not found on many other packs (extra strap length, some of the many bungee lacing points, bottom compression clips, special trek pole/axe clips, etc.) and get the base weight under 12oz all while retaining the plush shoulder and waist straps and super tough all Dyneema X body!

• Three Standard Torso Sizes + XL Custom Option

• Total Maximum Volume: 3200ci main pack / 3600ci with filled extension collar

• Minimum Volume: 1800ci with compression and bottom volume reduction system engaged.

• Main Pack: 2400ci

• Main Outside Pocket: 400ci

• Side Pockets: 150ci + 150ci

• Extension Collar: 500ci

• Pack Fabric: Dyneema X (TM) Carbon Gray Color

• SuperWick Mesh lined waist belt – +4″ tall with 1″ end webbing and buckle. Free option for the larger Ark +5″ tall hipbelt wings with 1.5″ end webbing and buckle for Med and Lg torsos with users waists over 34″. + .75oz.

• Extension Collar: 70D Silicone Coated Ripstop Nylon

• Pocket Fabric: 4oz Tough Mesh with Dyneema X elastic top sleeves for long term Durability

• Shoulder Straps: 3.2″ wide, SuperWick Mesh lined with full length foam padding.

• Load Rating: Strong enough for 50+lbs. 20-30 lbs is the recommended average max for all day comfort in any frameless pack.

• Approx. External Dimensions 12” X 7” X 32”


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