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Is this pack a top loader?

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1. Posted by l1ncs (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Can anyone tell me whether this backpack is a toploader as it isnt clear from the picture or the description? It says its a roll-top but I dont really know what that means. Also doesn anyone have any experience of this pack? I am after a pack that isnt a toploader and this seems to fit the bill assuming it isnt a top loader.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 11:45 AM by l1ncs ]

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 10y

Err... what backpack?

3. Posted by l1ncs (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

OOps, sorry thought id added the link.

Its the North Face Skareb 40.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 1:11 PM by l1ncs ]

4. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

I believe the Skareb is a top loader. It might be difficult to tell from pics because it does not have a lid. It has a roll-top closure. These closures are fairly common on lightweight backpacks. Although I don't mind top-loading packs, roll-tops add some difficulty in accessing your gear. It basically makes a 40 litre pack as difficult to access as a 60 or 70L - you have to reach way downto get to the bottom. Other than taking a little more time (and maybe frustration for you) to get to items that have sunk to the bottom, it's like any other top-loader.

There are many backpack travelers who swear off of top-loaders. I actually prefer them. But I use stuff sacks to keep things organized so everything is still pretty easy to find.