The Eddie Bauer Bacon Backpack
Bacon, Bacon, Bacon. That’s the phrase that will ring through your ears as you think about your next backpack. Designed specifically for the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Team. The 28-liter Bacon packs a punch while weighing in at a pound and a half. Stripped down to the necessities for backcountry exploration. This pack can be used as a day pack, ultra-light multi day pack, or the summit push pack of your alpine dreams when you need to leave the heavier items at basecamp for efficiency on a technical approach. This pack can easily be stored in a larger multi day pack with its packable construction.
The Bacon features a tough but lightweight Sil-coated fabric with rip stop technology so it can hold up to the elements and user abuse. The bacon comes equipped with retractable tool loops for an ice axe that will appease the mountaineering crowd. The tool loops can also be hidden for the average user. There are two storage compartments on the lid or brain of the backpack that are great for storing snacks and other miscellaneous items that you might want quick access to. The pockets are large enough for a day or two resupply. An internal pocket for a hydration bladder separates the main compartment of the pack. If you prefer to use a bottle over a hydration pack, it can store a medical kit perfectly and you will always know where it is for quick access.
The Bacon also features two mesh pockets on either side, although too small to properly carry the common Nalgene, it is the perfect size to hold a smaller digital camera, gloves, and a warm hat. When squeezing through tight places or through thick brush, size can be a huge issue. To avoid getting caught on branches and rocks the Bacon pack solves this with fasteners on the side of the pack that can be tightened to condense your load acting like a stuff sack. I personally use the straps to carry my trekking poles when the terrain turns to technical 3-4 point climbing and I need the use of my hands.
The Eddie Bauer Bacon also comes with a removeable hip belt. This feature allows you to wear a harness comfortably with the pack having removed the belt. While using, the belt will help distribute a heavier load. There are four other gear loops on the pack that are handy for attaching items like a helmet. I would recommend this product to anyone in the market for a new smaller multi-use pack. Guide tested and hiker trash approved, the Eddie Bauer Bacon pack lives up to its namesake.