Desolo Tallac 35 Ultralight Backpack Review - As The Crow Flies

Desolo Tallac 35 Ultralight Backpack - First Look with Neal Benson

“TheDesoloTallac 35 was equal to the task on the Standing Stone Trail's exposed bedrock and pressure-formed ridgeline. The fit of the pack allowed me to move fast and light as the trail gains and loses elevation while meandering through "Rocksylvania", where one misplaced step could mean hitting the SOS button. Camping near the top of Butler Knob required a 4 liter water carry for about the last 5 miles and 2,700 ft of elevation gain over rock and root covered terrain with an occasional scramble around a blowdown. The Tallac 35 stayed snug with my body and kept me balanced as I traversed the rocky ridges of the Allegheny Mountain range, and the built-in sit pad pocket was convenient for taking a break on top of the ancient boulders that overlook the Juniata River Valley. The Tallac 35 may have been born in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra's but it is just as suited for the Appalachians with its sturdy build and precipitation resistant materials. I've put 195 miles of backpacking on this bag since late October and it is no worse for wear.”

- Thomas G.

"There are too many well-designed features to list as Desolo has incorporated so many needs a backpack ought to include. I particularly appreciate the waist pouches that provide a convenient place to store consumables, repellent, sunscreen, phone and other items you want close at hand.

They are removable which is a convenience when - for example - you want to stow the bag in aircraft overhead storage.

The pack is lighter than I expected, and though the fabric is durable, they also offer a repair service if a tear occurs which is a huge benefit for a bag in this price range.

- Terrance C.

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