Sturdy and Minimal Pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought and tested the size L, and although I returned it because I needed a larger volume, I really liked the pack. It has minimal but stellar features such as the wrap –around compression system with straps that store in the front pocket. The material is burly and will take a beating. I measured the parts separately: Al stay (90g), Frame Sheet (105g), Alpine Hip Belt (205g), Lid (135g), the second webbing belt (60g), and the stripped down bag itself (1165g). It was stuffed, with little or no room for food for a minimalist weekend trek. The color scheme is bold and manly too! I tried the South Col 70 as well, but it did not have the same thick fabric on the sides and it did not fit nearly as solidly on my back as the Direttissima. The comfort is what you might expect for a climbing bag–sufficient and comfortable when loaded properly, but not spectacular. My vote is that it is a 5 Star pack. Thank you.