PMags Reviews

Paul Magnanti, or Paul Mags for short, is as Boulder, CO based backpacker and has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail (the “Triple Crown” of long-distance trails), as well as Vermont’s Long Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail, and the Colorado Trail.

His most recent jaunt was a 600-mile+ walk through Utah on an undefined route with no name or snazzy initials, but was a lot of fun.

What kind of bags do you review?

I review backpacks that are lightweight, functional, and minimalist. I have reviewed about a dozen packs, but only after a season of use at minimum.

I will, on occasion, give initial impressions. Most packs are purchased with my own funds, but some were also given to me. I stay updated about new bags with perusal of backpacking forums and sites.

How do you review the bags?

Weight, craftmanship, and simplicity are my main criteria. I always field test as I do not personally feel a review is credible without many days and miles of personal use.

What are your favorite bags?

  • Daypack: Type II Utility pack by Gossamer Gear
  • Three season solo and day ski pack: ULA CDT
  • Heavier gear, winter pack, and guiding pack: ULA Catalyst

How do people use your reviews?

I am noted for my pragmatic take on gear and the real world use i put it through. My reviews are honest and trustworthy.

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We share 7 reviews from PMags

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60L by Paul Mags, posted 4 October 2016 (Source)
ULA CDT by Paul Mags, posted 20 September 2016 (Source)
Gossamer Gear Rukus by Paul Mags, posted 7 April 2016 (Source)
Lowepro Runner 450 by Paul Mags, posted 11 March 2015 (Source)
Six Moon Designs Fusion by Paul Mags, posted 3 September 2014 (Source)
ULA Catalyst by Paul Mags, posted 11 July 2013 (Source)
Patagonia Lightweight 22L by Paul Mags, posted 8 July 2012 (Source)

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Last updated on August 16, 2018