The Cabela’s Women’s Endicott 45-Liter Backpack is what I would classify as a mid-range backpack. At a price point of about $120, it is a great pack for day hikes. At an empty weight of 4 lbs. 11 oz. it is rather heavy compared to other packs this size (1+ more pounds heavier) but this also comes with the lower price point as well.
It fits a torso length of 15″-17″
Endicott 45-Liter Backpack Features
Some of the features include:
- V-channel moisture-management foam cushioning
- Hydration compatible with hydration hose exit port
- Padded shoulder straps and hip belt
- Waterproof 420-denier polyester construction
- Laptop/tablet compatible sleeve
- Eyewear pocket
- Adjustable torso
- Hiking pole attachment loops
- Zippered side access
- Mesh interior pocket and ID pocket
- 2 Side pockets
- 2 Water bottle pockets
- Camp roll straps on the bottom of the pack
- Lifetime Guarantee
I was originally day hiking with a High Sierra Marlin 18L Hydration Pack holding a 2L Camelbak bladder. To top it off it was usually loaded down with food and emergency supplies as my day hikes can range anywhere from 5-15 miles (I typically wing it and never really know how far I will go until I get out there).
We were at Cabela’s around Valentines Day and my husband suggested getting me an actual pack to day hike with. They didn’t have much of an option so I chose this pack. Tried it on and it fit pretty well.
Field Testing the Endicott 45-Liter Backpack
The first time I used this was on a 5 mile hike at Colorado Bend State Park. I hiked down to the falls and back up. I had it loaded down with my 2L Camelbak bladder, food, and heavy camera gear. I estimate that I was carrying about 20 pounds, not including the pack weight.
This obviously felt a lot better than the hydration pack I normally carried (as that would start killing my shoulders after 2-3 miles) with about 10 pounds.
Things I didn’t like
After a while, you start feeling the weight in your shoulders no matter what adjustments you make, although not as noticeable as my previous hydration pack, it definitely would make for an uncomfortable hike where you are hiking more than a day (or even 10 miles).
The mesh pocket on the hip belt I found rather useless and would much rather of had another zippered pouch. The mesh pocket is small and really doesn’t do a good job of holding anything as most of the stuff I put in there would fall out.
Things I liked
I love the top pocket on the pack. It is a great place to hold your ID (even has an ID holder) as well as cash and other small items you don’t want to dig for in the main compartment. I typically also put my keys in here.
How to Buy
You can buy online through Cabela’s. Since mine was bought in early 2017, I am not sure if they still carry them in the actual stores, but if you have one near you then you might want to check the store out as well.