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McKinley 75L Rucksack

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The Black Wolf McKinley 75L 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.

  • Built-in Raincover
  • Bungee System
  • External Headphone Port
  • Front and top access
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Music Pouch
  • Night Reflective Daisyloop
  • Padded Waist Strap
  • Side Stash Pocket
  • Top Hood Pocket with water resistant zip
  • Twin Compartment
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In Use Dimensions:
37W x 78H x 27D cm
Packed Dimensions:
37L x 78W x 14H cm
75 L
100D ULTRA Ripstop PU | 420D Mini Ripstop PU
MicroGilde Gel
Hydration Compatibility:
Sternum Strap:
Adjustable | Whistle
Rain Cover:
2.2 Kg
Limited Lifetime
Staff tip:If you're planning on using a Black Wolf bladder with this pack, make sure it's a 2L size for a good fit.

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Apr 27 2017

Good but.....

Agreed with John, the chest straps are poorly designed and come off regularly. I don't know why they are designed to come off but they do. Watch out when you stop for a break. I found though if you put them on upside down they work better. Other than that a great pack, did the green gully with it, nice and light and lots of storage.

- Port Macquarie, NSW
Response from Snowys Apr 28 2017

Thanks for that Greg, very helpful! Laine :)

Feb 21 2017

Good backpack - not perfect though

Good backpack and great volume. The upper and lower sections are great. The top additional section is great for snacks.
The two x side expanding sections are also good, although can't really fit a 3L Blackwolf water bladder. Would suggest a 2L max if putting in a side pocket.
The hip straps are good.
The accessory straps at the bottom (eg for sleeping mat) are very good and handy.
BIG PROBLEM - the chest strap clips. They SUCK. They are terrible. The clips that connect the chest strap to the arm straps are very poorly designed and came off numerous times on both my backpack and my wife's. Completely different chest sizes and it still happened.
One would think that this would not be an issue for a good backpack as this.

That's the only real problem. Everything was great.
Used it for a 5 day hike (Overland Track in Tassie) and it performed well.

The Raincover is good. The high contrast orange is brilliant as we were visible in strong fog and rain at a decent distance to other walkers.
The Raincover is not fully weatherproof - get yourself some waterproof dry sacks for your belongings such as the Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Super-Lightweight Dry Sack to protect your belongings.
We trekked in heavy rain and whatever was NOT in a dry sack got wet despite use of the Raincover. The rain was heavy (20mm of rain that day).

- Sydney
Feb 11 2017

good bit of kit

Great rucksack with a lot of adjustment, plenty of room inside and comfortable to wear, I've used mine quite a few times on mult iday hikes and haven't had any failures with it

- Australind
Dec 20 2016

Well made and plenty of room.

I did a lot of shopping around for this bag and once again Snowys was the best price. Solid construction with easy height adjustments, this is my camping/bushcraft bag when I don’t need a more modular system.

- Kiama

Hydration Pack1 answer

Where does the Hydration pack sit inside the backpack?

- Doolandella(9 months ago)

G'day Chris,

In the main section of the Black Wolf McKinley, there's a pouch along the back of the bag that you slide your hydration bladder into. Keep in mind that if you're using a Black Wolf bladder that the 2L will fit but the 3L won't.

- Snowys(9 months ago)

Hydration Compatibility1 answer

Is there a certain size or brand of hydration pack that will fit this pack, or will any fit?

- Carrum Downs(1 year ago)

G'day Josh, 

We know for sure that you can use the Black Wolf McKinley Rucksack with a 3L Black Wolf Bladder or 3L Camelbak Bladder as those are the ones we've tried for ourselves in store. It's likely other brands will fit as well, but those are the ones we know are going to be compatible. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

How does this fit?1 answer

Many backpacks come with different harness sizes and make a specific fit. How does this pack adjust for different sized people? I'm looking for a pack for a teenage girl who will be hiking four times in a year for a week at a time in varying environments including alpine. I want to know she'll be comfortable as well as sticking to a pretty tight budget! Cheers, Tahti

- COBURG NORTH, VIC(3 years ago)
The McKinley pack has a unique sliding harness that is really easy to adjust to different back lengths. There are 3 McKinley sizes: 55, 65 & 75 Litres. It is important to choose a size of pack that is relative to the size of the person wearing it. A 75L pack that is full of gear may be too large for a person with a small frame. I think the McKinley is a great choice for your requirements Tahti, but I recommend you give us a call to discuss fitment and size choice. We will need information such as the height and weight of the person who will be wearing the pack and we can also run through the basic steps of adjusting your pack to fit correctly.
- Snowys(3 years ago)
Heads up! Our store in Brendale (QLD) doesn’t have footwear available for fittings. If you order online, your footwear will be sent from SA... quick-smart!
Heads up! Our store in Brendale (QLD) doesn’t have footwear available for fittings. If you order online, your footwear will be sent from SA... quick-smart!
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