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Rated5out of5byGeo326fromYou get what you pay for!Best use is for day trip climbing. Awesome design for carrying rope without a rope bag (fastens rope to top of bag under the top-flap. This is one of the most comfortable packs and waistbands I've hiked. I really like the zipper that allows access to main compartment. Rescue whistle for emergencies and perfectly designed H2O pouch for a bladder is a plus.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated5out of5byFéarfromThat's just my bag babyI purchased this bag a year ago and it has held tough through every mixed situation the Chugach mountains could throw at it. Back in February I was caught in a sudden wind storm that threw 100+ mph winds at me, the bag can even be considered aerodynamic after that trip. Even when i overload it, I stay comfortable. Love the exterior gear options, ski straps, axe loops, cramps pouch, rope strap, and even the gear loops on the belt. I have used every intended aspect of this bag. Even my ice tools strap easily and securely to the axe loops. Buy Mammut now and you wont have to later.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated5out of5bydscottfromBomber!I use this pack as my mid-size 1-2 day pack. I do a lot of bushwhacking and scrambling with it. It is a VERY durable, well made pack. I took it through 2 miles of bushwhack class IV-V (second growth monoculture spruce, 1-3 ft. spacing on a very steep slope) and it came out the other side with only a few minor cosmetic scrapes, which is a lot less than my arms and face came out with. I would be comfortable taking this pack in absolutely any condition: sport climbing, longer multipitch climbing, scrambling, and bushwhacking. I don't usually use it skiing, as it's a bit large for what I normally do (randonee day trips), and I like to go light when skiing in general. This pack is not light, it is bomb-proof.
It is very easy to load, with slight reinforcement around the lower drawstring on the main compartment, which I like. The side zip is burly and makes it easy to access water. The crampon pocket is nicely sized, but I wish the top pocket didn't cover it up when it was closed. The axe attachments work great for ice axes or a rock hammer, but aren't too great for poles, unfortunately. I like the removable hip belt.
In general the suspension/carrying comfort level is on par with what I'd expect from a gregory, which is saying a lot. I can move my arms and head freely while wearing the pack, provided I pack it correctly.
Overall, very strong and efficient pack. Really doesn't have any gimmicks that just get torn up over time. I expect to be able to easily sew/patch it when it does break down, which I don't expect to happen any time soon.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated5out of5byrob314fromGreat pack for ice climbingThis is a great pack as long as you dont overload it. It is not meant to carry more than 25lbs or if you do it may not be comfortable. I have used it on a couple of ice climbing trips and it is perfect for extra clothes food ropes axes it even has its own crampon pouch made of thicker material so they wont puncture through. The padding and support are not there for big loads but, I love it!
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated5out of5byJardfromGreat packLove this bag... my first trip out was a 3 day backcountry Canyoneering adventure in Death Valley.
I tried to fit all my stuff in a BD Epic 45 Pack. It was not big enough. It may have worked if the top load compartment was adjustable, but it is sewn on one side and not expandable. It just flips open if the pack is over stuffed and pushes on the back of your head. This Mammut pack has adjustable straps on all 4 corners of the top compartment that allow it to expand up and swallow a lot more gear.
We had to carry 9 liters of water each, with food and winter cold gear, light tent, ropes, canyon gear, etc. At the start, my pack weighed in at 62lbs! This is WAY over the recommended use. But, it all fit and after our 8mile trans alluvial fan hike, I was able to strip all the weight and use it as my day pack from base camp for the remainder of the trip. It compressed well and was never in my way. It did not interfere with my harness or helmet.
I love that it expands past the 45L... the +7 is more like a +15. The front and top pockets hold a lot of stuff. There are plenty of options to strap gear to the outside as well.
We ended up doing 5 canyons in 3 days and the pack held up great. I have since that time done a few more days in DV and a weekend climbing trip... No noticeable wear or tear and all the zippers, seams and haul loop survived the initial overloading. If you do not know, DV Canyoneering and DV rock is about as sharp and abrasive as it gets. This pack held up to that test as is now my go to pack for extended weekend climbing tips as well.
All in all a great pack.
(and FWIW... fits me great and I am 5'10" and 160lbs, my spine (hip to neck) measurement is about 18.5")
Date published: 2013-02-27
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