Cheap Gear Review: Venture Pal Packable Backpack

Sometimes you see a Lightning Deal on Amazon and wonder….is it too good to be true? But you can’t resist checking it out. This was the case when I saw theĀ Venture Pal Packable Backpack on sale a few weeks back.

I haven’t had a lightweight packable “summit pack” in many years, and for less than $21, I decided to take a gamble. It comes in 9 colors, but you know me….I love baby blue.

Once it came, I was actually pleasantly surprised. It has a host of features I wasn’t expecting it to have. Sternum whistle, compression straps, organization inside, and yes, it packs right up. It also has two mesh pockets on the side. While I got it as a pack to toss into the truck as a backpack up, it might even serve as a lightweight daypack, for when I don’t have a lot of gear to carry. But for the price, this was a piece of “cheap gear” I can actually say was nicer than I expected.

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