is an internal frame
camping backpack, a versatile
mid-to-large selection which is rugged
enough for the experienced camper, while convenient-enough for your outdoors greenhorn
, at the same time. Originally rated a "best value
" in the July 1998 Outside Magazine
annual gear guide, it has continually been produced and improved through 2002
The Palisade features an aircraft grade aluminum
frame and a three compartment
design, with the main cargo area subdivided, allowing for access from either end of the pack; Alternately, the bottom portion can be used for sleeping bag
storage. The anterior
compartment is detachable
, and doubles as a daypack
that can be used while hiking
, or the like. The third compartment
on the back of the pack is sizable
, and is designed with nylon
straps that allow easy latching of your other outdoor peripherals
Like most modern packs, the Palisade has both a waist belt and harness
, as well as compression straps
which allow the wearer to reduce the bulk
of his pack's contents.
The storage capacity
of the Palisade varies by pack size (which correlate
s with the wearers' heights). The capacities are as follows1
- X-Small - 4000 cu. in.
- Small - 4550 cu. in.
- Medium - 4700 cu. in.
- Large - 5150 cu. in.
I have had my Palisade since 1998, making my decision shortly after reading the aforementioned review
. It's more stable and durable than most or all of the others reviewed, and costs sometimes a good $200
less than the other, better-known, similarly-equipped
packs, such as Arc'teryx
and North Face
. After purchasing and using it, I have not been disappointed, either; it is, by far
, the most comfortable pack I have worn.
If there is one disadvantage
, it would be that the back compartment
is not subdivided into two, smaller pocket
s, which might be a minor annoyance
to some users. It has been no issue for me, however -- perhaps I'm not as anal
about what gets packed where.
If you're in the market for a pack
, do your own research
, but certainly consider the Palisade in your hunt; be sure to get properly-fitted, as well, for whichever pack you choose.
More information on the Palisade can be found through Gregory's site: http://www.gregorypacks.com/