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Gear Revisited: Hill People Gear Connor

The Hill People Gear Connor has been my day hiking pack since I reviewed it late last year. Reference my first impressions post for features and more pictures.  Yes, I know I didn’t post a follow-up review on it.  The initial post was more detailed than a typical “first look” would be and my view of the pack really hasn’t changed since I wrote that article.  

The HPG yoke harness, regardless of what pack it’s used on, is still one of the best on the market today.

 

Hill People Gear Connor

Hill People Gear Connor

 

Everyone, and I mean everyone, who has tried this pack wants one; mostly due to the “wow factor” of the harness.  It’s extremely comfortable under load.  Especially paired with a bag the size of the Connor.

I still love the look.  The Hypalon wings make it stand out in a crowd.  

 

Hill People Gear Connor's Hypalon Compression Wings

Hill People Gear Connor’s Hypalon Compression Wings

 

More importantly, they are also very functional.  The two-channel PALS grid can be used to attach pouches, as I’ve done here.  I’ve also secured trekking poles by strapping them down under the wings with the ends in each wand pocket.

I tend to prefer panel loaders (even for day hiking).  The lack of a hydration tube port hasn’t really been an issue.  An internal hanging loop for a water bladder would be a nice addition in the next version.  But, overall, I wouldn’t change much about this pack.  It’s that good.

 

Yes, that's a bug on the pack. They were brutal that day.

Yes, that’s a bug on the pack. They were brutal that day.

 

I think the Connor could be setup for EDC also although I’d say it’s appearance doesn’t scream urban pack to me.  Right now, I use other packs (Vertx Gamut, Camelbak Dispatch, TAD Litespeed) in that role.

CONCLUSION

If you’re running another pack in this size range (approximately 1,400 cubic inches/22 Liters) for outdoor pursuits then you’re missing out big time by not at least giving the Connor a try.  You’d be hard pressed to find another bag packed with as many features (load lifters, external compression, external PALS, internal PALS/Hook and Loop, etc, etc.) for the price.  It’s a terrific pack and one I anticipate keeping for a very long time.  

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