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Gear Review: Marmot Sphinx 15 Pack

 

 

Product Tested:
Marmot Sphinx 15 Backpack

Best Uses for the product:
Day hikes
Climbing
Mountain biking

What you used the product for:
Day hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Favorite aspect of the product:
Most bags that are 15L tend to have only a top main zipper. The Marmot Sphinx 15 has a large D-shaped zipper to access the main compartment. This is great for quickly locating food or layers. At its fullest I had a 2L hydration bladder, softshell jacket, insulated vest, gloves, baseball hat, and food stuff sack. Having such a large opening made packing the bag effortless. If you don’t have a full bag there are compression straps on the sides to cinch the bag down for less movement especially when climbing. There is also a smaller accessory pocket on the front at the top which was perfect for carrying my phone and wallet.

Had the conditions been more dicey I easily could have attached some Yaktrax or Micro Spikes to the gear loops on the front and also brought along my ice axe. Instead I took advantage of these loops to put my camera case on the bag. The Sphinx comes with a removable hip belt and sternum strap to secure the bag to you. Another feature I especially enjoy is the compression molded back panel. It felt great and my back didn’t get super hot on the uphills when the blood was really pumping. The Marmot Sphinx is a great bag that can carry a lot more than it looks.

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