The wife bought me an Osprey pack a while back. I have to stack the rope in the bottom so stuff doesn't fall out of the many holes in the paper thin bottom. Also, the thin plastic buckles are sewn in making it mandatory to cut the webbing to replace them. What numbskull came up with that idea? I switched to a Lowe Alpine pack from the mid 90's. What a bomber pack. The difference in weight between the two packs is negligible.
Does it seem like gear of today is made with breakdown and obolescence, in the mind and hopes of the manufacturers? I know, there are some good companies, but I swear that the bulk of the shit in REI is disposable and still expensive.
Anybody else feel this way?
My new 1968 tent. Bomber as hell