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Not all backpacks are created equal. Pingora is a cut above the rest and if you don’t know about them, you should. These are day packs done right and you need to take a look!

Just the Facts:

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This versatile mid-size pack is comfortable in any environment with enough room for any adventure.

The largest pack in the Pure Hike series is loaded with functional features, with comfortable carry, lightweight materials, with plenty of room for extra gear and layers for fast packing or extra long days. With 25 liters of storage, this pack is great for full days out in the wilderness or as your carry on for a long day of travel. The running pack- style harness is comfortable while giving the pack the ability to stay close to your body and move with you.

Thoughtfully designed pockets and placement on the Remote Z 25 gives organization to your gear. The large front mesh pocket allows for easy access and storage, while the bungee offers additional storage options while also acting as a compression system. Your phone, snacks and keys are always within reach, whether it be on the zippered pocket on the shoulder harness or the zippered pocket on the waist belt. Loaded with features, this pack is ready to go on your next adventure with you.

Tech Specs

Size:  27.2 cm (about 11 in) x 50 cm (about 19.7 in) X 16 cm (about 6.3 in)
Weight:  680 grams (about 24 oz)
Volume:  20 liters (about 1526 cu. in.)
Material:  420D Nylon 66 ripstop (body) 420D High-density Nylon (floor) 320g powernet (side and front pockets)

Features

  • Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)
  • Large zipper opening
  • Shoulder harness pocket with expandable mesh
  • Secure top zippered pocket
  • Front zipper pocket
  • Expandable front mesh pocket
  • Mesh side pockets (fits water bottles up to 1 liter)
  • Exterior bungee system for compress and storage
  • Breathable mesh back panel
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Waist belt with zippered pockets
  • Trekking pole or ice tool external attachment system

My Story:

I love to hike, and I get out as often as I can. I will hit a quick after work trip or massive multi day mile crushers. I just want to get out and seethe world. To do this you need a good backpack, or several of them. So, when I was introduced to Pingora I was very intrigued at the idea of testing out some of their packs.

After meeting with the crew during summer OR we were sent off with two different styles to test. They were meant to meet the day hiking needs but a 25L pack could get you through a weekend if you pack properly. So, the Remote Z 25 was instantly a pack I set my sights on.

The features of this pack are relatively standard with a bit of a twist. For all you kids, the cell phone pocket is a neat feature that keeps your phone, which is also Lilley your camera, in a safe convenient place right on your shoulder strap. This was a cool feature that I wanted to highlight.

Other notable specs are the chest and waist straps, zippered hip pockets, hydration compatibility, trekking pole attachment system, several mesh pockets, and bungee system. Basically, you can strap, store, or hang stuff off just about everywhere on this pack.

My first use of this pack was in the backcountry of Idaho. We packed in a ton of gear for our main camp, and I stuffed the Remote Z 25 into my big pack for use as a day pack once we got to our main. We were on a scouting mission to find a good water source for when we returned in October to elk hunt. I needed to be light while exploring camp and the 24 oz. Remote Z was just the ticket!

After walking around Idaho for several days we found what we were looking for and made our way back home. Soon after we left for our family trip to the Oregon Coast, and I thought having some day packs would be a good idea. Well, the Remote Z found another use as a great shower caddy as we had to hike to the showers at our campsite. My wife took it over and I was left with a pink shower tote LOL.

After returning home again I was able to get out on some day hikes just trying to keep my legs ready for elk season. The Remote Z was my faithful companion on these hikes and by the time elk season came around I had well over 100 miles of walking done with the Remote Z 25. I find it to be incredibly comfortable and functional with the right number of features that are actually useful and none of the unnecessary extra flash that some other packs have. This is truly a great simplistic pack that I feel you will love!         

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What can be done better?

One one trip I pulled the chest strap a little to tight and it popped out the clip out of its track. This was a real pain to get back on. Other than that I really love this pack, and I’m not sure it would make any real changes to it. It functions as it is intended and for me it fits wonderfully. It is lightweight and full of space. I really love this pack.

Pingora Remote Z 25 125.95
  • Functionality
    (5)
  • Value
    (4.5)
  • Ergonomics
    (5)
  • Durability
    (3.5)
4.5

Summary

Not all backpacks are created equal. Pingora is a cut above the rest and if you don’t know about them, you should. These are day packs done right and you need to take a look!

Pros

Lightweight 

lots of storage.

Features that are actually useful.

Cons

Chest strap failure

 

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