Love this pack!!
I love this pack. I was hesitant on buying it since I have not heard much about Boreas as a whole. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like this pack. It is adequately sized and I can fit quite a bit of camping gear in it while maintaining the relatively sleek outline of the pack. I specifically like that there aren't a lot of zipper pockets for small nicknacks since I always seem to loose or forget where Ive put stuff. I Also like that it has a removable top cover which is great to keep a medical pack or small useful things one may use frequently. I may just take it off and bring it in the tent and just cover the rest of the pack with the waterproof cover (included) and hang it on a tree. I also love the fact that there are a dozen hidden daisy chains in two rows on the front of the back. Its great how they can easily tuck away. Also whenIm traveling depending on the time of year I can fit about 3-5 days worth of clothes into the pack including toiletry supplies when I travel via plane and it works as a great carry-on. Fully packed with tent, sleeping bag two stuff sacks with clothes and sup pies for 2-3 days it is kind of tight. However, it does all fit and works well. It is well supported on my back and I don't feel like my CG has changed too much which is a great plus if you're also carrying a canoe over your head on uneven surfaces. I would definitely recommend this pack! Looking forward to seeing what else Boreas has to offer! Plus it doesn't hurt that this pack is also an award winner. One last note, I like that when I use it I don't look like a crazy backpacker that has just spent 3 years in the bush eating squirrels. A little bit more civilized.
Great new Pack, if used right
I love this pack! Boreas is pretty new to the market and this pack has a really nice design. The pack has one main compartment which narrows towards the bottom. The front and sides of the pack are a stretchy material as well to help pull everything towards your back. This pack has some nice features along with the materials, its got a nice stretch pocket up front, 2 big hip pockets and 2 huge water bottle pockets on the side with top and side access for the bottles. One reviewer below did not like that, but I was able to lock in my nalgene through the side holes which was easier to grab on the trail. The head crab has 3 zippered pockets as well, one with a key loop. I liked how minimal the pack was, the hidden gear loops and also comes with a rain cover. Now I just took this to the Grand Canyon for 6 days and fit all my gear and food just fine. I had my sleeping pad attached to the back of the pack and it does have a hydration bladder holder. My pack started at 50lbs which was a bit much for it. I would say stick to around 30-40lbs for the best comfort level because the padding on the hips and shoulders is very minimal.
Greatovernighter or weekender
I own a lot of packs--Mystery Ranch, Gregory, Osprey, Kelty, Northface, blah, blah, blah. I use them all depending on the situations. I'm equally fond of Gregory (more straps you can shake a stick at) and Mystery Ranch (Let's see if a person can fit in there) to my Gossamer Gear ULP. The Boreas is a clean, well thought out design and exactly as advertised. Not a true ULP, but close.
Pros: A very clean design, effective pockets, very good belt pockets! raincover.
Cons: The straps are a little too thin for my taste. They do the job, but this isn't a indestructible Mystery Ranch pack (above bomb proof). The 'air foam' didn't really work for me, but then I find none of the pack manufactures claims do. The zippers are also a bit light.
All in all a great pack for a weekender, overnight, maybe longer if you pack light. For me it seemed to become unstable at around 30 lbs. The compression straps work great.
More colors would be cool.
Really Great Pack
I took it on its first journey for 3 days on a section of the AT in Massachusetts. There was some light snow and rain falling, the coated material repelled the moisture well as a new pack, no need for the provided rain cover. Space in the pack is not a big issue if you are packing light. I would not recommend the pack to someone doing low mileage hikes and bringing lots of gear, get something more bombproof. I didn't mind the top loading only on the pack, it is what it is. I wouldn't mind bigger loops at the base of the pack than are provided though. Compression straps work very well to keep weight close to the pack. Found the support system to be very comfortable with the HDPE and foam sheet. Would certainly say best used for fast and light movers. Very happy with the pack.
The Boreas Lost Coast 60 worked great on this weekend's climbing trip. 7 miles of steep ascents, narrow ridges, merciless descents and hours of bushwacking. The pack felt solid and sturdy through all of and not to mention comfortable as well. Lots of storage for big stuff in the main compartment and all the small stuff is easily organized in the brain's many zippered pouches. The stretchy outside pockets work good and I never felt like anything was going to slip out of them. Love that the axe loop and daisy chain tuck away when not needed. Awesome, pack that has all the features you need and none you don't.
It's not 2012 Editor's Choice for nothin
After going through 5 different packs over the past year to meet my goal for reducing pack weight and still maintaining load carrying comfort, Boreas finally came up with the perfect pack. The design and craftsmanship of this pack is excellent and it carries lightweight and moderate loads very well. There is plenty of room to carry gear for a week and it compresses down enough for weekend trips. If you're in the market for a new pack, then don't hesitate to put this one at the top of your list!
Great Simplistic Backpack
I have used this bag for some gear hauling for multipitch climbing and also as a travelling backpack. It is just perfect! You can fit so much stuff in the main compartment and it is so easy to load. It just seemed like the bag was neverending. It has what it needs and nothing more. I can't wait to take it on a multiday hike.
simple lightweight backpack
the straps are very optimized... so it did not perform as well for me into the ~35lb+ range; however it was still more than adequate for a 6-mile hike; Under ~35lbs it was very comfortable (for me).
Used it on the Olympic Peninsula Ozette Triangle (lots of rain) without issue.
It is pretty much as Boreas advertised it (simple lightweight backpack).