The Rohn 15 backpack from Sierra Designs looks sharp and has some innovative features built into it. At only 1 lb. 15 oz. for the M/L size and 1 lb. 13 oz. for the S/M size, it’s light enough to be used as an everyday pack.
On first use, I filled the pack with everything I needed and had room to spare. It has 950 cubic inches of space and it comes hydration-ready. I found my 2 liter water bladder easily fits inside and even with a hydration pack full of water, there’s still plenty of space left over. Inside there’s enough room to fit all the gear needed for a full day hike in the two large zippered pockets.
The Rohn 15 also has a laced bungee on the front side to keep even more items secure. With all that space, what if your water bladder gets low and sloshes? Sierra Designs considered that too. The pack has a feature which allows the bladder to be pulled together to prevent unwelcome and off-balancing sloshing while you are enjoying your activities.
The Rohn 15 backpack has many of the features of larger, more expensive packs built into it. It has a lightweight molded plastic frame that is strong and somewhat flexible. Attached to the frame are individual pads that are organized to maximize ventilation between your back and the pack. The frame and bottom pads are designed for accentuated lumbar support while the pads line up with the muscles along the spine. This intuitive design ensures the lumbar support does a good job of keeping weight off the shoulders and on the hips where it’s less noticeable.
On the trail
I’ve been using this pack hiking and biking because it’s comfortable. Sometimes I don’t even notice it’s on–it fits that well. After loading the Rohn 15 to capacity, I found the fabric and zippers were strong enough to take punishment without a problem. Each side features a stretch fabric pocket that a water bottle or other items will easily fit into. It has adjustable waist and chest straps that clip together and help redistribute weight. The hip belt has left and right side zippered pockets that are convenient and sized well for storing a small camera or other pocket-sized things one might need quick access to.
Clearly, this pack was designed for comfort and it’s a small pack that holds a lot. My Rohn taken a lot of punishment on the trail and I haven’t had a single problem with it. The Rohn 15 retails for $99.95 at major sporting goods retailers.
Thanks to the folks at Sierra Designs for providing the Rohn for review.