Mom and I were talking the other day, when she said that her and dad needed a small backpack to take on their rock hunting trips. The first pack to come to mind was a Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy.
During the spring and early summer time mom and dad will do some rock / arrow head hunting here in East Texas. They will load up the 4-wheeler, get some bottled water, snacks, rock hammer, field manual and head out.
The requirements for the backpack include:
Not too big
Something large enough to carry water, snacks and maybe a rain poncho
Large enough to hold a couple of rock hammers and a field guide manual
Easy to carry
Easy to use
A couple of things that stands out – the Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy has 2 built in pouches that will hold a 32 ounce water bottle in each pouch. Instead of having to pack several 12 or 16 ounce water bottles that are going to be thrown away, why not get a couple of reusable 32 ounce water bottles? 1 bottle for mom and 1 bottle for dad. Having the water bottles on the outside of pack saves room on the inside.
Durability – 1000 denier cordura construction with self repairing YKK zippers. What more could you want?
Some Specs from the Maxpedition website:
* Dimension: 18″(H) x 9.5″(W) x 5.5″(D) Main Compartment
* 12″(H) x 7.5″(W) x 2.75″(D) Front Pouch
* 12″(H) x 7.5″(W) Slip Pocket
* Capacity: 1400 cu. in. / 23 liters
* Hydration: Two side pouches for 1L Nalgene water bottles
* Support: 1in Adjustable Sternum Strap
* Optional Accessories: Grimloc Carabiner
* Empty Weight: 36.9 oz.
At first I thought about the Maxpedition Condor II, but it might a little big and the Condor II does not have external pouches for water bottles. Then there is the Vulture II, but it seems a little over sized for what mom and dad are doing.
I think the Maxpedition Falcon-II Pygmy will serve its purpose rather well.
It was in the summer of 2009 when I received my Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy. After using the Falcon II Pygmy on a couple of hiking trips, it quickly turned into one of my favorite daypacks. Hang on, let me take that back, its more like my favorite day pack.
One of the first times I used the Pygmy was on an 8 hike hiking trip with my nephew and my son. It was on a super hot August day, and I knew I was in trouble when I noticed the signs of heat exhaustion setting in. But we found our way to a creek with a nice sized swimming hole where we were able to take a swim and cool off.
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