In all of the above cases, I suggest a traditional rucksack style pack, with proper back support, weight distribution and multifunctional storage options. Now, if you’re simply going on a weekend trip to some big city, pack small, pack light, and save yourself the pain. Because the journey is what matters.
The Mercury 65 is a diverse pack, with a range of pockets and multifunctional storage options, with its large front zippered panel, giving the user access to the full insides of the pack, with several pockets, straps and dividers to help with your organization. There are loops for hanging gear, such as trekking poles for the terrain hiker or a tripod for the photographers, and so on, and since there are so many useable straps, loops, compression areas, and pockets, the Mercury 65 makes it easier to carry everything you need, and keep it organized, and dry. The entire pack is built very well, and is loaded with shoulder straps, back support, hip straps with pockets, and a large expandable area that works as a neck brace of sorts when filled. I found the fit to be very pleasing, with optimum back support (considering how bad my back has become over the years), the storage is adequate for small-to-medium trips (for longer trips like my nine month stint, I would suggest choosing a larger size than 65-liters), the hardware is strong and the range of functions meet and exceed majority of my trips, so it’s a high quality pack that can handle a variety of needs.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen