Macpac’s Torlesse 65 benefits from a simple robustness; it’s replete with the basic features you’d expect in a tramping pack, with little in the way of extras and represents the Macpac values of old, but with lighter fabrics and some fresh thinking.
It’s the heaviest pack in this review at 2410g, but it’s also made from the burliest fabric; a 640 denier Cordura with a lighter secondary Cordura used in places. This combination should ensure longevity.
Designed as a classic tramping pack, it has a separate sleeping bag compartment, a large external pocket perfect for a wet jacket, and a lid pocket. Compression straps and deep (open) side pockets are ideal for carrying tent poles, tripod or snow anchors, and above-the-bushline use is practical with dual tool attachments. There’s no specific crampon attachment, but there is a double daisy chain that could have shock cord added for this purpose. Or simply stow them under lower compression straps.
I found the harness plush and comfortable; with a soft foam overlaying closed cell foam, it’s a deluxe combination. This harness breathes the least well of all the packs reviewed, but it does have a ventilated cavity over the spinal area. The back-length is quick and easy to adjust and seemed to stay put.
A waterproof pack cover is stowed in a separate lid pocket, but I’d prefer to see weight saved by ditching this as pack liners are more reliable.
This is a workhorse pack that’s well made and likely to be a long-lasting companion for your adventures above and below the bushline.