The Evolution frame and suspension system features a patent pending articulating adjustable height frame that provides a comfortable carry from minimal loads to extremely heavy (120 lbs plus). The 4800 Packbag is constructed of waterproof XPAC fabric (vx21 or vx33). Since the pack material is waterproof, the use of a pack cover is not needed in rain. This configuration is incredibly lightweight for it's combination of capability, capacity and durability. Frame height can be changes between 24 and 28 inches.
This includes the Frame, Harness, Hipbelt with PALs, Talon Compression system, Load Sling and a 4800 Cubic Inch Roll Top Packbag in your choice of colors. Total capacity with Base Talon is 5800 Cubic Inches (95 liters).
Weight 3 lbs 8 ounce - 3 lbs 12 ounces.
Total internal capacity 5800 Cubic Inches (95 liters)
Add a side zip for $25.00 custom charge to allow convenient access to pack bag.
Add PALS webbing on the hipbelt for $25.00 custom charge
Base Talon 1000 CI zippered pocket that functions as a compression panel
Hipbelt sizing guide:
Choose your waist size based on estimated size when wearing clothing when you expect to be at the heaviest loads. For instance, you may be a 32" inch waist, but you nomally carry heavy loads late in the season when wearing a jacket or two to keep warm. Use this expectation for sizing your belt.
Posted by Rosman, NZ Hunter on 27th Nov 2013
I've overhauled a lot of my gear this year to shed the volume and weight. One big difference was in the weight of my pack. I've previously owned 3 packs - a daypack, 45L overnight pack and 75L multi-day pack. Now, the Paradox 4800+Base Talon fits all 3 categories, and it weighs the same as a daypack!
Lots of compartments can be nice, but ultimately they just add weight and bulk to a pack. I've found the Base Talon can fit all the field gear (knife,torches,food,phone,locator beacon,etc.). Meanwhile, the 4800 pack bag has massive capacity for your camp gear and any kill, but can cinch right down to almost nothing when empty. The side pockets are big enough to fit a 1L nalgene or 10x42 binos. If you need more capacity, there's room to be found between the frame and the pack.
Removing the frame extensions gives it such a low profile, a separate day pack is redundant. If you muck around with the Base Talon and wrap it over the waist belt, you've got a bumbag for bush stalking.
The X-Pac material used is proving to be great so far - I left the pack outside of my tent overnight and the rain didn't get through (in fact, we used the pack to shield the windward side of the fly which was blowing rain through). Blood drained into the bottom of the pack as well on my first kill, I simply emptied it and rinsed it out with water before packing up to my next hunting zone. No staining which is impressive.
The waist belt is very comfortable. I've got a small size (32" waist), and it works great. The heaviest load I've had would be around 65-70lb and the belt did not slip. You do need to cinch the pack to the frame properly though as it can slip below the frame (maybe I'm too accustomed to internal frame packs). I really need to get 110lb and hike out a couple of hours to see just how good it really is - I've done that with my old Badlands 4500 and got some decent hip bruising.
I ordered PALS stitching on the belt as well, but found it wasn't the right spacing to accommodate mil-spec pouches. To be honest, most things I want to attach to the belt (like a camera case, or GPS pouch) have regular belt loops anyway so I would be more interested in having a setup to suit that.
I question the belts durability as it is made of lighter weight nylon, so cinching it to what you would find comfortable can mean that it gets pulled around the stitching. That and the pack slipping down the frame at times means 4 stars instead of 5.
So after a few successful hunts I feel very happy considering the coin I've put down on it. Once I get that massive animal, I'll put in another review.