Published on November 30th, 2013 | by Greg0
Boreas Muir Woods 30: An Ideal California Daypack
Planning a hiking trip in the near future? Want to be able to carry more just a few items with you, and do so comfortably? It seems like it should be a simple request, but it’s actually fairly complicated- there are a ton of factors, such as your height and hip size, not to mention just how much you actually intend to bring. Some people want to bring a single change of clothing and a water bottle while others insist on hauling solar panels, a satellite phone, and the manuals for it all. Still, an average person bringing a reasonable amount- that’s about 30 liters.
The Muir Woods 30 from Boreas is part of their adventure travel line, a fairly light two pound-three ounce bag with an internal suspension that trades a bit of extra weight for a lot of extra comfort and a solid design. It’s not the best for airplanes- it doesn’t condense under your seat, and it isn’t the best for laptop users or photographers. Nope, this is an outdoor-friendly daypack through and through, with hip pockets for trail mix or maps and a sleeve for hydration (sold separately), along with expanding side pockets for your water bottles or other necessities.
The pride of the piece- our favorite part- is what they call a zig-zag EVA foam backpanel. You can see it in the pictures, and we really liked how the looks were mirrored in the incredibly comfortable shoulder straps as well. The mesh lining might seem like just an aesthetic detail, but it’s more- it helps with breathability. We always end up with a sweaty back mere minutes after lifting the pack and starting a walk, but this one kept air flowing around. The bends and folds were a bit odd at first, and unless the bag is fairly well-adjusted, movements tend to be irritating. But once settled and tightened, the ridges made life quite a bit more cozy. We also loved the zippers on the Muir Woods, large and easy to pull. The bag itself opens completely, to allow easy packing, but the trade-off is a bit less organization inside (pockets and such take up space and break it up as well).
Quality felt durable, if a little light on padding around the bottom (420D nylon ensures it will hold against wet puddles though). Light rains slid right off. The bag did was a bit unbalanced on the ground though, the curved bottom tilting the contents and requiring some adjustment or leaning against something else to keep the Muir Woods steady when we were stopped. Compression straps and a sternum one are pretty traditional features, daisy chains that tuck away are rarer, and appreciated. Available now, choose from four different colors- blue, black, or red- and expect to spend around $140 online and in stores.