Macpac Cascade AzTec® 65L Hiking Backpack


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Macpac Cascade AzTec® 65L Hiking Backpack

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With a comfortable load carrying harness, the Cascade 65L AzTec® Hiking Pack has been a favourite of New Zealand trampers for decades.
Macpac Cascade AzTec® 65L Hiking Backpack
A$549.99 Sale A$329.99
  • Product Description
    The Cascade is an iconic Macpac hiking back that’s faithfully served generations of explorers around the world. A tough workhorse that’s engineered for both comfort and durability, this 65 litre hiking pack is an ideal choice for multi-day adventures. The Cascade has a clean and functional design that incorporates our Liberator™ harness system — this harness provides support and stability as well as effective weight transfer through to your hips and legs for easier, moderate load bearing. Made with robust and weather-resistant Eco AzTec® 8 oz. canvas fabric with a 500D Cordura® nylon base, this pack is constructed to survive abrasive environments and unforgiving weather. It features a large main compartment with an internal base compartment divider, dual ice axe (or walking pole) attachments and it's hydration compatible.
  • Design features
    Classic single compartment hiking pack — internal base compartment divider is optional
    Liberator™ harness for comfortable load bearing
    Dual ice axe (or walking pole) attachments
    Zipped front pocket and under lid pocket
    Optional bungee overload system — webbing loops on front panel for attachment
    Webbing side compression straps
    Hydration compatible
    Stretch mesh side pockets — perfect for drink bottles
    Grab handle at top of harness panel
    Two height options for the top stabiliser straps
  • Product Specifications
    Main FabricEco Aztec® Canvas — 8 oz
    Secondary Fabric100% Cordura Nylon (500D)
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)78 x 33 x 27 (at capacity)
    Weight (g)2550
  • Care
    You are best to clean your pack with a natural, non-detergent soap and a soft-bristled brush
    Suitable soap types are: pure soap, vegetable soap and Nikwax® Tech Wash®
    Rinse the pack well and dry it in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight
    Do not put your pack in the washing machine as this will void your warranty
    Always try to keep the zip teeth clean — wash with fresh, clean water and lubricate with a silicon lubricant suitable for use on fabrics
    Do not tumble dry, iron or dryclean

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My last Macpac was a Cascade. Anyone care to weigh in on the pros and cons of Cascade vs. Torlesse? Both 65LT and I'd definitely be getting the Aztec version ... so what's the advantage of going Torlesse over the classic Cascade?
Mark H on Sep 13, 2020
Macpac Cascade AzTec® 65L Hiking Backpack
Macpac Cascade AzTec® 65L Hiking Backpack
Macpac Torlesse AzTec® Front Zip 65L Hiking Backpack
Macpac Torlesse AzTec® Front Zip 65L Hiking Backpack

Depends on your preference.

Biggest differences are the front opening (like a travel type pack) on the Torlesse that will give you greater ease of access at camp. Whereas the Cascade is a traditional top loading style (can be easier to cram stuff in).

The Cascade is designed to handle heavier loads than the Torlesse..

Cascade has more Canvas over the pack shell than Torlesse so tends to be more hardwearing over time.The Torlesse is more of a hybrid using 630D cordura on the sides etc.

The Macpac Team
Hi, I notice that the Cascade 75L pack has a Liberator Freeload harness and the 65L pack has a Liberator harness (no Freeload). What is the difference?
Dennis Y on Jun 24, 2021

The Freeload harness is the next step up from the normal Liberator and it has a full length aluminum alloy perimeter frame. This is designed to transfer the load more directly to the hip belt. This is used on our larger capacity packs.

The Macpac Team
Does the cascade have an opening for a water pack tube to come through?

Also the Aztec says it's waterproof, is it advisable to still put a rain cover or should the pack handle any weather?
Fadii on Feb 2, 2021

There isnt a gap in the back of the pack for the tube, but you there is one from the main compartment, through the top divider and can then put the tube through the side, between the lib and main compartment.

The Aztec material is only water resistant, so a rain cover is recommended if using in the rain.

The Macpac Team