Drop 40L Backpack Designed by Dan Durston
Jul 11, 20191995 views

A Treat for Travelers

Disclaimer: I am not a thru-hiker nor am I an Ultralight-type camper, but...
I just got back from my trip to Iceland, and this backpack was an excellent choice.
Instead of my regular travel bag, a hefty compartmentalized Tortuga backpack, I chose to go for something more minimalistic and weight-friendly. I knew I was going to be moving around a lot so I wanted something a little less clunky. We had a spare prototype of the 40L Backpack in the office so I decided to take it along to try something different. This bag has a lot of space despite how compact it appeared to me at first. I was able to squeeze in a week's worth of clothes including all my warm wear (thermals, sweaters, etc.), GoPro stuff, airplane things like a book and small pillow and still had room to spare (the side pockets especially). I regret not taking a photo of all of the things I brought strewn on the ground to illustrate this, but nonetheless, I was impressed. I decided to fold and buckle the waist bands behind my back (is that weird?) and found it to be comfortable and better suited for my needs. The chest pocket also fit my phone perfectly so I could grab it for quick snaps. You basically need your phone/camera in a gunslinging holster position while in Iceland, the whole country is a postcard. As I disclaimed, I'm not a thru-hiker, I wasn't packing for a multi-day camp, I packed for a excursion-based vacation. And even if you're not doing adventurous activities and changing locations like I was on this trip, I'd recommend it all the same. Obviously, I'm a bit biased, but I genuinely did catch myself feeling how good a choice this was for my travels, airports, trails, tours and all. I'm going to continue testing it out and perhaps actually go on a hike or two with it and will keep you all posted as per when I do. Take care,  Duncan Community & Content Manager
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Looks interesting. I'd want a mesh front not that pocket thing. Frameless or framed? What's the target weight ? Many light framed packs are around 2#.
The pack is framed and a bit under 2 lbs (30-31oz). The front pocket arrangement is designed to be better than a mesh pocket, which are typically the first part of a pack to be damaged. Like a mesh pocket, you can stuff large items behind the front pocket (e.g. jackets, tents) and then you can stuff small items inside the pocket where they are more secure. So it works similarly well for large items, better (more secure) for small items, plus it's more durable whereas mesh pockets are commonly the first part of a pack to be damaged. With this you can remove the front pocket to go lighter or for use as alpine style pack, and you can replace the shockcord if it's ever damaged. Also, this pack has a large zipper pocket on the left side that is a bit hard to explain but it easily holds small-medium items like hats, maps, books, large cameras etc, so you can have this stuff within reach without taking off the pack, rather than stored further away in a mesh pocket. So my view is that this works just as well for large items and better for medium and small items compared with a mesh pocket, while being more durable and more versatile.
My family did Iceland back in March over spring break. I, too, took a pack — my Kelty Flyway, a 43L spin-off of the Redwing which Kelty sadly discontinued. I LOVE that pack, especially the bottom compartment which I can choose to use, OR NOT since the internal divider lays flush on the bottom if I top load everything. I also love the side pockets of the Flyway/Redwings — can put snacks in one, and electronics in the other, or many options. How does the 40L Drop compare to the Flyway? Does it have a bottom compartment? Handy for shoes, or hostel bedding, or rain jacket, or...
No bottom compartment. I did bring a second pair of shoes, and kept them right at the bottom and packed every thing else on top. Worked well for me.
Knowing that the bag is multi-purpose is actually a very significant plus. If your goal is frugality, having one bag to hike and travel saves gear, effort and eventually the environment.
Huh????? Don't get it. The pack was designed for a specific type of backpacker somewhere between an ultralighter and light weight backpacker. You're experience is as a traveler. Sorry and I don't want to sound rude , but your comment has no value for the packs targeted user. I.e. hi I'm a vegan, but let me tell you how good this burger is. SMH.
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While we love and value the experience and knowledge of our enthusiasts our goal is to also introduce people who don't consider themselves "through hikers" to the advantages of using better and lighter gear. I believe community members who just got started or aspire to hike a the PCT or a similar trail one day will find this kind of information helpful for making decisions on their gear. I think we can all agree that anyone can benefit from hauling around less weight and have a better experience by doing so no matter what it is that we are doing and that there is really no downside to it. That's the point we wanted to make. Or in your words, the Vegan went to the Burger Joint with his friends, just had a beer but still had a great time and told us about it. keep it positive!
Hey MTTurtle. I respectfully disagree with you brother. Any feedback on the use of this pack is useful information to help us piece together a picture of how versatile this pack might be. It's not helpful and does not reflect well on you to squash someone down who is putting themselves out there with their report using this pack for others benefit - to take or leave the information. No matter how they use it - as UL hiking pack or travel pack. I have purchased and owned dozen of packs: UL hiking, travel, day and I want to know how versatile every pack is. I would love to have UL hiking pack that is useful as a travel pack. Also, as someone who does publish content I know it takes a significant amount of courage to publish anything. When you publish a report, article, video, blog you put yourself out there for at times unwarranted needless criticism, which does hurt. I believe anyone who wishes to cut into someone should first publish their own content and let them experience the harshness of others. Then they will have a better perspective for comments they henceforth choose to make on those willing to put themselves out in public with a perspective and an experience to share. Be kind & gracious, it's a better way to live and treat others. Blue Boy YouTube hiking gear channel http://www.youtube.com/c/BlueBoyHiking