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by seagalliafromlight sport pack, maybei was really hoping this could be a good cragging pack. the idea is good, but there is not enough space. you cannot get a rope, shoes, a medium sized rack, 10 draws, & helmet in there. let alone any jacket, food, water, ten essentials. the zippers are lightweight and use the smaller teeth so they bind easily. the material is pretty lightweight (read wear and tear easily). the external straps are so thin I wouldn't trust anything important on them. when i ordered it i got a call from rei saying 'your carry on bag is here.' what did fit? a 60m 9.5, 10 draws, a few cams, set of nuts & hexes, 1 pair of shoes, harness and then squeeze in the helmet.
if that's all you carry, fine or this could be a gym bag for indoors, i guess.
i like mammut's ropes and some other items, this isn't up to par.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated 3out of5
by Phil_BfromNice climbing bagGreat day pack for the crag. It's large enough to hold gear for a day. The loops and size are adequate. I pack 15 draws, a 60m pants and a light jacket. The external rope lash and rope tarp are handy (thus the climbing pack category, huh?) The material seems rugged enough.
The shoulder straps are a little lacking in the padding dept and zippers could be beefier. Wish the zippers went a little further, so the pack would rest open easier.
Good pack for the $$
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 3out of5
by Joker 53150fromOverall, a Decent PackThis pack is marketed towards climbers, but it's not much better for it than my regular backpacks. I like how the pack offers top-loading as well as the zip-down back, which makes loading it easy. However, I find it fills up incredibly quickly. By the time I have my pro (1/ea C3 and C4's up to #3, 2 sets of nuts, one set of hexes), webbing, harness, helmet, water, shoes, chalk, etc inside it there is no room for the rope. I'm a pretty careful gear packer and there is just no way I can get everything I need to carry inside the bag. The bag does, however, make it easy to strap a rope across the top of the pack. Not ideal, but it works. Also, considering the pack is marketed to climbers you'd think there would be a LOT of gear loops. But you'd be wrong. One measly loop inside plus a handful outside is it. There is enough room for me to hang my draws and a couple extra biners, but everything else has to be packed inside.
The biggest issue I have is the chest-strap. It is adjustable slightly by sliding it up and down, but even adjusted as low as it will go it's too high and rides close to my throat. Not the most comfortable way to hike... I'm 6' 3", but I think this wouldn't be a problem for shorter people.
Even with it's faults, I still like the pack. My favorite feature is easily the zip-down back which gives me fast/easy access to just about everything inside the pack. I like it, but I don't think I'd buy a replacement if this one were stolen from me. So I can't really recommend it to a friend unless they are shorter and don't need to carry much gear.
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 4out of5
by Chris in AZfromLike this pack a lotThis is a good pack. However wish the internal rack was bigger, it holds my quick draws, but my pro rack itself I just stuff in the pack. Also wish that this had a couple of side pockets on the outside to hold water bottles, in case you don't want to use a hydration bladder stuffed inside, sticking out the zipper, which I don't think this was really designed to be used like that, and I can't because of how much is in the pack itself.
Additionally one note is to remember for the top flap, to keep the zippers off to one side, and not centered in the middle, if you are carrying a rope, as the rope will have a tendancy to pull the flap back, and unzip it.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4out of5
by RFoyfromGood PackNeeds more loops outside. Not so great for long distance hikes.
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 4out of5
by Mercurial12fromWhistle While You ClimbLove this pack! All of my basic climbing gear fit (helmet, harness, draws, rope, guide books, food) but it's a tight fit. I have to hook my shoes to the outside. If you are bringing more gear or extra clothing, consider strapping the rope to the outside of the bag. The included rope bag has made packing and transporting the rope much easier. Not the largest of rope mats but it does the job.
The fit is extremely comfortable. I am a tiny chick and I can handle this bag on steep approaches. Plenty of adjustment spots and the back support is uber comfortable.
Some pros: My absolute favorite discovery was the whistle on the upper strap. My dog is going deaf and this whistle actually came in handy when she wandered off. It's a small feature, but between that and the included rope bag, I wouldn't consider another pack. Also, this pack is sturdy and stays upright even when I remove my gear (unlike other packs that tend to crumple and are a pain to load).
Some cons: Would like one more outer zipper pocket, possibly on the hip belt. Not sure exactly how this pack is hydration compatible but I've managed to fit my camelbak bladder in along with my gear. I'm just not finding a hole for the straw.
I tried on about 20 packs and for the price, convenience, and comfort, I am perfectly happy with this pack! I've banged it around every weekend for the past month and it still looks brand new.
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4out of5
by DoomyfromAwesome packThis pack is great! I bought it specifically for a 10 day overseas trip. It was a tight fit, but I managed to fit running shoes, a few changes of clothes, a puffy jacket, and a million cheesy souvenirs.
The pack is very comfortable when fully loaded, although not as easy to carry as a more traditional pack. I love that the minimalistic design and especially that there are very few zippers on the face of the bag, but great accessibility from the back.
I did notice quite a bit of tension on the seams when the bag was fully loaded, but nothing gave way. I can't wait to try this for its intended purpose.
Date published: 2011-11-04
Rated 4out of5
by SegofromMust have for rock climbing!This backpack is a dream for all Rock Climbers, it fits my 60m Rope, 3 harnesses, 18 quickdraws, 3 pair of climbing shoes, and the basic belaying and safety equipment. And it is very comfortable due to the metal casing.
Date published: 2011-12-14
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