Charles from Summit Hut recently gave the Kolob Pack a stellar review, noting:
While I understand why Tom removed so many bells and whistles from the “traditional modern backpack” in evolving his line of canyoneering-specific backpacks, it’s never been clear to me why he hasn’t marketed the Imlay packs to a larger non-canyoneering market. Maybe it’s a price point issue? I haven’t shopped around lately… is an ICG Kolob pack more expensive than a heavier, pocket-and-zipper-and-clip laden backpacking pack? ICG packs are certainly too heavy for the ultra-light crowd, but I think the general backpacking crowd appreciates a tough, bright, no-frills pack that carries well and lasts many, many miles.
If you are a canyoneer AND a backpacker (I know there are many of us out there), it’s worth considering consolidating your arsenal, over time, to one pack that can do it all. And though I’ve never used my Imlay packs for “backpacking” trips, per se, I’ve certainly used them for multi-day canyoneering trips (backpacking trips) with great satisfaction.
Anybody have an opinion on this? Would you take an Imlay pack on a multi-day backpacking trip? If not, what would you be missing from your other pack(s)?
Speaking of Tom Jones and his packs, Tom will be leading another 3-day Neon Canyon trip in Escalante National Monument this weekend, October 7 – 9. If you’re looking to squeeze in one more brilliant desert adventure before the cold sets in back home, this is a great opportunity to try out a Kolob Pack and spend three days with its maker, putting the pack to the test. Who knows, maybe you can be Tom’s next break-through model?