As one would anticipate, one of many options of a packable bag is that it packs down. This is among the extra noticeable adjustments from the sooner model of the Azimuth. Whereas the previous was in a position to pack into its personal pocket, that’s not the case with its predecessor. For the reason that new Azimuth is constituted of barely heavier supplies, it’s designed to easily pack flat, or simply roll as much as the scale of a water bottle. In apply, this adjustments little. It was considerably tedious to get the older variant into its pocket, so I hardly ever bothered. Rolling it up works simply as properly for me, and it’s often how I packed it anyway.
The pockets are all nonetheless in place. The highest pocket which additionally acted as a stuff-sack remains to be located on the high of the pack. It’s probably the one place on the Azimuth to stuff smaller objects, so it might replenish quite rapidly. The 2 front-facing zippers, adorned with YKK Aquaguard zipper chain, present each aspect entry and a vertical storage space, respectively. The aspect pocket is slim, however has a great little bit of its personal quantity for stashing objects like gloves or a hat, which you may want fast entry to with out opening the whole contents of the pack. The opposite zipper offers a straightforward strategy to get on the backside of your pack with out digging from the highest down. It’s good to have the ability to sling the bag over both shoulder to entry the vertical pocket and even the principle compartment.
The twin water bottle pockets are beneficiant, however don’t have a lot of their very own quantity. So maintain that in thoughts if you’re packing for the day – any sufficiently massive water bottle, or tripod, will eat into the principle compartment. This isn’t often an issue, simply one thing to pay attention to. In apply, it helps the objects within the pockets keep a bit safer, since they’re snuggled in.
Not like most packs with vertical compression, there’s no rolltop right here. It’s merely a top-loading zipper, which works particularly properly because of the design of the compression. What you do get is a wider opening, as the highest flares out a bit. This helps with packing and entry, fairly considerably. The vertical compression retains the broader mouth tame, and nonetheless does its job by permitting a number of inches of growth in both course – about an additional liter or two. It would take some getting used to at first, particularly with less-than-full luggage, however there’s a cause this function remained unchanged.
If all of that isn’t sufficient for you, the Azimuth helps TAD’s Helix attachment system, permitting you to hold any of their Management Panels or varied pouches from the highest rear of the inside of the bag. Personally, I like having the Management Panel right here because it acts as a pseudo body sheet.