Customer reviews for Mountain Hardwear Paladin™ Backpack

Mountain Hardwear Paladin™ Backpack

Paladin™ Backpack
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Customer reviews for Paladin™ Backpack
Review 1 for Paladin™ Backpack
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Well designed, but the quality continues to slip

PostedMay 12, 2014
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DaveK
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
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True Fit
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2 / 5
2 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I had been looking forward to receiving this backpack as a replacement for my very excellent 2009 Mountain Hardwear Guardian backpack. The quality of that daypack, with sealed zippers and durable nylon tarp for the rest of the pack, surpassed anything I had ever seen thus far in a daypack. If it had an external laptop zipper, it probably would have been the perfect backpack.
Unfortunately, after years of use, the external zipper broke, and I needed a new bag. On the surface, the paladin is the perfect replacement, and it would be, if it wasn't so cheaply made. All of the materials are substantially inferior to those in the Guardian. The nylon feels cheap, and seems barely a step above the type of material you feel in a backpack you buy from a drug store. The straps are thin and lightly-padded. Where the Guardian had aluminum accents, this pack has plastic ones. Even the tarp is substantially thinner and lower quality.
My largest complaint about this backpack is the zippers. The zippers on a backpack are the piece of the pack that you interact with most frequently, and are thus the main way that I experience the quality of the pac. A pack with great zippers feels solid and reliable; a pack with lousy zippers feels cheap and causes me to question its durability holding valuables like my laptop. Gone are the sealed, thick, quality zippers from the guardian pack. In their place are very low tier, un-sealed, zippers that I would expect to find on a pack I buy for $20 in a drug store. I worry I'm going to break them every time I close the pack.
A minor complaint is that the top part of this bag tends to fold over itself when the pack is not stuffed (this is why the bag is so stuffed in all the promo shots), but frankly, that doesn't matter too much.
The design of the bag is phenomenal. I love the side-loading laptop compartment, the large main compartment, and the top organizer pocket. Even if I have complaints about the materials, at least they are light weight, and the pack empty is significantly lighter than the guardian. I put some straps through the external webbing so that I can carry over-sized items on my back. Design-wise, there is really no other backpack that I've seen that works for my work/play lifestyle balance quite like the Paladin. I have a large messenger bag from a popular company, and I would pick my mountain hardwear bag any day over the messenger bag. It is far more versatile and easy to use.
At a $130 price point, I would have been more than happy to pay an extra $20 to have everything top-notch on this pack. I really hope Mountain Hardwear steps up their quality in the next version of the pack, because they could really achieve perfection!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Paladin™ Backpack
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Nearly perfect!

PostedJanuary 20, 2014
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mactarkus88
Location: Niceville, FL
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
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True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I spent a few weeks conducting an exhaustive search for my perfect backpack. I was looking for something that combined the organization benefits of a laptop backpack with the features of a technical backpack. The Paladin came out among the top candidates. I love the look, the many interior pockets, the durability, the size, and the laptop sleeve accessibility. It would be perfect if it had a more substantial hip belt and longer water bottle pockets along the side.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Paladin™ Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Initial thoughts.... WOW!

PostedNovember 6, 2013
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Nyte
Location: Maryland
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is an initial review, I just got it, and am excited to get out using it! Construction is top notch, no loose stitches, untrimmed material. All the quality you should expect in a product is there. Also, attention to details, like the pull tabs at the zipper points of all the way open on the main pouch; makes it so much easier to shut the lid!
This thing is roomier that it advertises, and for a "daypack" you could easily use this with a lightweight set of gear for 2-3 days, at the least. It fits great, is easy to adjust, and holds weight quite well, though I haven't put 20-30 pounds in it... Yet!
Appearance is spiff, attractive and not a lot of extra hanging off. The side entry laptop pocket is HUGE! It runs the full top to bottom of the pack, as does the zipper for it, which also nestles into a cover when shut, so rain doesn't enter at the zip end (it is at the top end of the pack).
I am super impressed, and plan to give an update when I have had some time to really put this pack through it's paces!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Paladin™ Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect On the Mountain and Off

PostedOctober 16, 2013
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slorente
Location: Portland, OR
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
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True Fit
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This backpack is the truth! It is perfect for on and off the mountain with all the features you would expect from a quality piece. I love the side access compartment for a laptop. Important to note: it does fit a 17" MacBook Pro in the side compartment.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Paladin™ Backpack
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect pack

PostedAugust 15, 2013
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cmaloneus
Location: Portland, ME
Experience: Avid
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I picked this pack because it was the perfect size, had lot's of individual internal pockets and could fit in the overhead bin on an airplane.
The overall construction is the first thing you'll notice with this bag. It's rugged, technical and will last me years to come.
Perfect for biking or heading out on the trail. You won't be disappointed.
I would recommend this product.
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Does the white show Dirt ?
Posted January 29, 2014
I am very intereste by this pack. The Shark version looks cool, but I am wonderning if the white parts will shot a lot of dirt.
Can anyone give feedback ?
- Scott
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