The Black Wolf McKinley 65L rucksack is like a teenager’s first car, an economical bushwalking pack decked out with all the bells and whistles.
The adjustable Micro Glide Gel harness is as comfortable on a weekend hike as it is on extended trekking expeditions. Top and front openings make for easy access to your gear while front and side pockets provide storage for quick access items.
Equipped with a tone of extras including rain cover, hydration compatibility, dual compartments and even a music pouch and headphone port for music on the trail.
I have had this pack for several weeks now, so far only had the chance to try it on brief walks, but I have deliberately loaded it up to see how it (and I) went and it seems pretty good. The adjustable harness is a good feature as you don't need to know which size to order as on some other packs, and I found it relatively straight forward to set up for my back. The overall build quality seems to be quite good for the price, most obvious difference to me was the plastic buckles are a bit smaller than some (much) more expensive packs.
Delivery from Snowys was prompt, yes I would buy from them again.
This pack is perfect! Great quality, easy to set up and overall I’m really happy with it! This was the best price I found anywhere online (by far), website was easy and straight forward to use, and the pack arrived within the week!
I recently purchased a new Blackwolf 65ltire pack from
Snowys. Great value, service and exceptional delivery of the pack. Highly recommend the pack and Snowys to anyone.
This is my first hiking backpack/rucksack. This year I intend to do some overnight treks hence my reason for purchase. I was on a pretty tight budget & as I live an hour and half from any decent shops I can purchase from, I wasn’t able to try anything on & wanted to purchase online to save myself driving into town and dealing with traffic. I decided on a Blackwolf as I’ve had other Blackwolf gear and loved it, and the Mckinley was in my price range. Snowys was the cheapest price by $50 (another well known camping store also had them on special but more expensive than Snowys). Having previously purchased from Snowys I know I was going to get great service and fast postage. I had a bit of trouble trying to follow the Blackwolf instructions for fitment, having never owned a pack like this, all the straps and adjusting were a bit overwhelming. However I found a video Snowys has on YouTube about adjusting your pack & in no time I had the pack adjusted once I understood what all the adjusting straps were for and where my pack should be sitting. It is extremely comfortable, I filled it up with stuff so it was heavy and wore it around the house all afternoon & night and had no rubbing or anywhere the pack might make me hurt on a trail and it didn’t make my back sore. I love the thick padded, split style of the waist strap. I’m a size 10, 175cm tall and my hip bones stick out a bit since having kids so I was worried the waist strap would annoy me, however the split in the strap sits above & below my hip bone once adjusted and wasn’t annoying at all. The pack has sufficient amount of storage and pockets to fit everything I will need to take. I did buy a sleeping bag that isn’t a specific hiking one (it’s a bit bulkier & weighs in a 2kg) as I don’t like the hiking ones tapered at my feet as I feel restricted. It took up quite a bit of room in my pack while it was in its own bag but after watching some more YouTube videos on how others pack their bag, I took the sleeping bag out of its own bag and squished it into the bottom of the pack and used the drawstring separator in the bag so the sleeping bag will be seperate to everything else on top and there is a heap more room available now. Overall this is a great first rucksack and I’m extremely happy with the choice and the figment of the rucksack. It is very well made for a cheaper pack and I would definitely recommend to others!
Fantastic review Heather! Thank you for sharing - we appreciate your feedback, especially about our video on 'How to fit a backpack'. Keep us posted on your year of trekking and let us know if you need anything else. Cheers, Laine
Just walked the Overland Track, 90kms, and this pack was my best friend, room for all my food, tent, sleeping bag and mat, stove and gas cylinders, for 7 nights. Top pockets, outer and inner, are excellent size for easy to access essentials. Comfortable fit on the hips using the adjuster straps. The built in rain cover was brilliant. I broke the sternum strap on a steep rugged downhill section. Otherwise excellent value, sturdy pack.
Ergonomic setup, heaps of pockets to keep gear compartmentalised, and solid build
Would the Black Wolf Tank Hydration Bladder 3L fit? Thanks
I've just double checked one of the Black Wolf McKinley 65L Rucksacks on the shop floor and the label on it suggested that the Black Wolf 3L Bladder would be the best fit.
Is the pack waterproof or just rainproof. Is it tough enough for an 800km walk?
I've just had a look at one of our Black Wolf McKinley 65L Rucksacks from the shop floor. The zip on the bag is waterproof, it comes with a rain cover that can be folded away. I would suggest that the bag itself has some very mild waterproofing characteristics but I certainly wouldn't be submerging it at all. As for whether or not it'll be tough enough for an 800km walk. I would suggest that it definitely would be, providing you take good care of it. Just be careful not to dump it down at the end of a long day's hike or drag it along the ground etc.
Do this have a chest strap? Thanks
Yes, the McKinley does have a chest strap.
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