The Full Review
The volume of the Terraframe 3-Zip 50 is 3050 cu-ins, which isn’t the largest pack but still gives you enough space to pack the essentials. If you are still wanting more space, this pack has a solution for you.
The Overload feature allows you to extend the pack out, giving you extra storage space between the frame and pack. This extra space gives you about an additional 30 cu-ins. The space can be used to store bulkier items or even an extra duffle bag full of more gear.
Similarly, there are straps that allow you to secure more gear to the top and bottom. This might not be the largest pack, but you will find that this pack still holds more gear than you’d expect.
At only 5 lbs, this is a very lightweight pack that does a great job at not adding extra weight that is unnecessary. Don’t let the pack weight fool you, though this is still a very strong pack that is capable of handling loads of up to 150 lbs.
When it comes to durability and quality of construction, the Terraframe 3-Zip 50 is on par with the best packs available. The material used are all high quality and intended to last even with heavy usage.
For me, one of the most important aspects of construction is the zippers. This is nothing more frustrating than when a zipper breaks or malfunctions. The zippers on this pack are very high quality, and I can’t imagine you’d have any issues with them even with lots of regular use.
Versatility is an area that this pack excels. The pack is small enough to be used as a day pack but has the ability to expand and accommodate enough gear for a multi-day backpacking trip.
With the ability to expand storage, the pack does become a little more complicated to use. You have to make sure that you have all the right straps and parts of the pack fastened correctly, which can be a little confusing at first.
The pack has a few very notable features that we have already mentioned. The 3 zipper design makes accessing your gear super easy and convenient. The Overload feature allows you to carry more gear than you’d expect in a 50 cu-in pack.
The pack also has a pocket on the inside that can be used for a water bladder, as well as a few zippered pockets on the top of the pack.
The one area we feel that could be improved is the organization inside the pack. Outside of the pocket for the water bladder, there are no other pockets or sections inside the pack. A few small storage pockets or the ability to create sections would be a great feature/improvement.