Review by: fitzontherocks, 2004-02-17
My Cirque replaced an ooooold North Face climbing pack and what a difference! The suspension is great on this pack. In fact, it's the first time (out of about a half-dozen packs) that I've been able to fully appreciate how a good suspension makes heavy loads easier to carry. Extremely adjustable for a custom fit. I can fit my trad rack, a 60 m rope, draws, slings, harness, shoes, rain suit and a few extras in the main compartment. if I'm backpacking and climbing, I just strap the rope under the lid and put camping gear inside the bag. The top is an expandable roll-type duffel affair with drawstring, so you can stuff even more into it and then cinch it down with the lid. Then there's the snow-shovel pocket on the front and the adjustable lid compartment, which has a zippered wallet sewn in for small items like keys, change, cell phone, etc. The padded waist belt has gear loops and adjusts to give a custom fit of the bag to your hips. I've used my Cirque hard for about 14 months and it still looks brand new. Tough fabric and excellent construction. Great pack at a great price.