Tuesday, February 7, 2023

One of These Packs is a MISTAKE To Buy - Decathlon Forclaz MT900 Symbian...

Is it better than the incredible Trek 100 70L?

The MT900 70L + 10 is a feature rich backpack from Decathlon and in this episode I’ll be sharing my list of pros and cons after testing this pack out for over a year now.  

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Decathlon Forclaz MT900 Symbian 70L + 10 Backpack

Main fabric - 600D Polyester cationic
Lining - 100% Polyester cationic
Yoke - 100% Polyamide
Webbing - 100% Polypropylene
bag cover - 100% Polyester cationic
Coating - 100% Polyurethane
Foam - 100% Ethylene vinyl acetate
YKK zippers

Height: 30.3", Width: 18.9", Depth: 15"

Weight : 6lbs : 

Colors : Gray and black

Price : $209

10 pockets 
Adjustable torso
Rain cover
Hydration compartment 
Free floating lid - can be detached if you wish to drop some weight. 
Top and side loading

Review Pros :
- Very good quality and construction
- 10 pockets - lots of organization options.
- Plenty of rigging options - the pack is covered in loops and straps so you can attach to the outside of the bag in many ways. 
- Comfortable enough for a multi-day trip - how comfortable depends on what you are carrying in it.  For loadouts around 35lbs, it excels but does begin to fall behind in terms of comfort when you go beyond that and that is due to the padding on the shoulders.  It is rather thin and soft and doesn’t offer a great deal of support for heavier loadouts. 
- Tons of space
- Easy to load and unload. 
- Ventilation is adequate 
- Slanted water bottle pocket – easy to access and easy to put your water bottle back into.
- Adjustable harness system

Review Cons :
- The price on this pack is a bit high considering the materials used in the construction and the overall design and feature set.  For virtually the same price you can go out and purchase an Osprey Atmos AG 65 on sale and that is a substantially more comfortable pack than this.  

- Outdated design : while this pack has some great features the overall design is a bit outdated.  For an example, the adjustable torso system is slow and cumbersome and there are much better systems out there.

- This pack offers 80L of capacity and for that amount of space, this pack is very heavy!  Most packs in this size range run 4 - 5lbs.  This is 6lbs and the weight is noticeable.

- No dedicated sleeping bag compartment 

- Hip belt pockets are small.

- I spoke of this a bit already but the padding for this pack could be better.  It’s too soft and not not thick enough for heavy loadouts.  For such a large pack, it could be better.

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