Rated 5 out of 5 by Megan Great pack, durable so far, very comfortable, easy to adjust.
I ordered this pack after seeing a girl on the AT (SOBO) a few months ago. She had this pack on, and had replaced the hipbelt with a larger one. As a wide hipped woman, I was super excited! She said it was much more comfortable, and that the hip swivel was great. I trusted her judgement and jumped on it. I've done some short hikes (to get used to it) and a 22 mile overnight and am really very pleased. It was super comfortable. My pack was much more comfortable for me than my SO's Osprey pack, and while he had some discomfort after the longer hike in the hip area, I did not. The ONLY con was that after about 17 miles we had to readjust the hip belt, which WAS difficult. The pros far outweigh the cons, though.
* Swap-out hip belt for lusher ladies
* Swivel hipbelt!
* Hipbelt came off after 17 miles.
* Hipbelt isn't too easy to get back on, though not impossible. Took about 10 minutes with two of us working it.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Meghan Don't ever stop making this pack
I bought this pack in 2010, and after four field seasons, it is just about ready to kick the bucket. I would like to commend Black Diamond on the construction of the finest, most durable, most impressive backpack I have had the privilege of wearing. I'm a geologist, and I'm really rough on my field gear at work. This pack has seen four seasons (and over 1500 km) of rocks, talus, thick bush, mountains, rivers, rain, snow, hail, and searing sun in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, Canada. The Innova 60 is lightweight, fits perfectly on my body, and the versatility and mobility of the swivel hip belt is genius! Even when it's carrying 50 lbs of gear and samples (rocks and soil), I still feel comfortable wearing the pack.
However, nothing about this pack had yet impressed me so much as what it went through (and survived) in August 2012. I was traversing a rather sketchy mountain ridge with cliffs on either side of the ridge. I had to take my pack off and put it on the ground to get myself off a ledge (a rookie mistake, and a stupid one, I admit). The pack rolled over, off the ledge, and tumbled 600 vertical feet down the cliff, occasionally colliding with ledges and boulders which launched it further down the cliff and eventually down a talus slope composed of razor sharp shale. I was expecting to see the contents of the pack (if any of it survived) strewn across the talus slope, having been ejected from the tattered remains of what used to be my beloved backpack. However, my pack and its contents (minus one water bottle) were located in one piece in the middle of the talus slope. My lunch in the top pouch was totally liquefied, but the rest of the contents (rain wear, camera, saw, first aid kit, etc.) were still inside and undamaged. The pack itself suffered minor injuries, including a massive tear in the top pouch, several smaller tears on the bottom, a broken hip belt clip, and the frame was slightly bent. But the pack is still wearable, and after a few patches I continue to use it. Never have I been more impressed by the durability of a single piece of field gear.
I plan to replace my current Innova with a new one before the start of the 2014 field season. I love this pack! Thank you for producing such an excellent pack, and please keep up the great design and craftsmanship of your backpacks!
December 27, 2013