Ridge Ruck 17
A versatile mountain daypack with premium fit and features.
This multi-use, mountain daypack – the RIDGE RUCK 17 – has a highly breathable, low-profile fixed yoke and an ergonomic waist belt with zippered pockets. Perforated foam shoulder straps enhance the packs cooling comfort on hot days. Built from 210 CORDURA® rip fabric, the pack is lightweight yet amply durable for years of adventures. External zippered pockets for small items and stretch-woven water bottle pockets allow for intuitive loading and organization.
- Highly breathable, low-profile fixed yoke contours to the body.
- Two external, zippered compartments
- Two, side stretch-woven water bottle pockets
- Side compression straps
- External tool carry loops (with secure straps)
- Ergonomic waist belt with zippered side pockets for quick access to small necessities
- 2 L (70 oz) hydration reservior pocket against frame with ports to drinking tube above shoulders
- 210 CORDURA® rip fabric
- YKK® zippers
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The results are in Based on 3 Reviews
Well made pack reminiscent of Dana Design quality
I really want to love this pack, as I have loved and still cherish my Dana Design Backpack from so many years ago. The reasons I am having trouble falling in love with this one:
(1) 1 Litre Nalgene bottles do not fit. I would not have purchased had I known this on the front end.
(2) Pack has more heft than it needs to for a small day pack -- it is heavier than similarly sized Osprey or Deuter packs.
(3) Limited adjustments for height. I am 5'7" and cannot get this pack to sit in the proper place.
Otherwise the pack is solid -- packs in more than you would expect.
Nice construction and design, but limited storage capabilities
This is a truly well-made pack. The 200D nylon fabric feels more sturdy and stiff than I anticipated, which is a positive for my purposes. The pack feels great on my body, as well.
I have some issues with this pack, however:
1) Water bottle holders cannot hold a Nalgene bottle. This is a huge let-down, and I would not have purchased this pack if I had known.
2) There is a lack of micro-storage options. Examples of this would be secondary pouches in pockets, pen holders, etc.
3) The hip belt straps and harness straps do not have tamers on them, meaning there will be a lot of strap-flapping as you move.
I am a bit bummed out by these aspects of the pack. I cannot return it for free, so I will need to hold on to it. Regardless, this is still an excellent, well-made bag. I recommend it to folks who don't use large Nalgene bottles.
Great Small Pack
Before purchasing this pack I was using an REI Flash 22. I loved the minimalist design of that pack and the small size it offered to carry the bare minimum of gear. I struggled to find a replacement for that pack but ended up at Schnees and was able to get hands on with the Ridge Ruck 17. Immediately I liked the simplicity of the design and the small size of the pack. Enough room for water, an extra layer and rain coat and whatever gear I may need for my outing, there's plenty of room for snacks, a box of shells, a turkey call etc. in this pack. It also works perfectly for a one or two day trip to a hotel or as a personal item on an airplane. If you need a no frills pack for single day outings or short trips this is the perfect pack. The external pockets are conveniently sized for personal items like wallets and phones and chargers. My only complaint is the side pockets are a little too tight making 1L water bottles somewhat difficult to access.