I think I mentioned somewhere on my About page that I would occassionally do a gear review. I've got lots of gear and have not done a single one. But my new Black Diamond Magnum Backpack just arrived today so now's a good opportunity - you know, while I'm still psych'd about getting it. Only problem: I have not yet worn the pack in the field, so this will be a preview vice a review. Still, I think it will be of some help as it's a new pack for 2011, there are no reviews of it on the net that I can find and Black Diamond has a grand total of about two images of it on their website. I bought it from the Backcountry.com site, but you can buy from Backcountry via Amazon. Buy it through Amazon, and I might get money!
Reason for Buying
LB, daughters, myself and my in-laws are taking a seven day cruise of the Mediterranean this summer on Carnival (it's ok, I have cool in-laws). Carnival? Well, we'll see, but I'm looking forward to it. Only one full day at sea, the rest will be in port and we'll be hoofing it all over Monaco and a few Italian ports. For said hoofing, I'll need a daypack to carry guidebook, camera, water, cigars, passport (in case we miss the ship), chow, water, extra ammo, grenades, etc.
The candidate pack must be small enough to fit inside my suitcase, but big enough to carry all I need for touring or evading Al Qaida (or maybe SMERSH, SPECTRE, or the Illuminati). I've looked at so called packable day packs made especialy for travel - stuff inside their own cute little pocket for packing - but they all seem a bit quirky in their own way, and honestly, a bit too efiminate for a manly guy like me. Why not just carry the pack on the plane over? Well, LB and I run a business, and business never sleeps, so I'll be taking my briefcase and computer with us, and no way am I checking my computer.
I have a perfectly good daypack that meets the afore mentioned requirements quite nicely. In fact, it's the older model of the very same pack I just bought. The old model Magnums are on sale all over the net for around $40. I highly recommend it; really a great little pack. Why did I fork over for a new one? Because I like gear.
I have a problem. Don't judge me.