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A pack ready for a long day in the mountains.
Whether you're heading out in search of hard-to-find mid-mountain crags, pristine fields of snow, or your favorite ice formation, carry your gear in the Gregory Alpinisto 35 Backpack. Designed to carry a day's worth of technical gear, it can also be stripped down for fast-and-light pushes.
- Fusion Flex suspension features a die-cut HDPE framesheet with an aluminum stay to offer support and load transfer; cross-stay ensures the pack will not barrel under heavy loads
- Thermoformed back panel fits snugly against your back and sheds snow
- Anti-slip lumbar pad transfers the load to your hips
- Shoulder straps feature tapered dual-density padding for comfort and are cut for maximum freedom of movement
- High dual-density waist-belt integrates with a climbing harness
- Main pack body closes with a single anodized hook for simplicity and durability; main body also accessible by side zipper
- Carries 15-35 pounds
- Removable waist belt padding, foam bivy pad, and framesheet let you shave nearly a pound for lightweight pushes
- High-visibility alpine gold color makes you easy to pick out on a mountain face; bright interior color helps you locate your gear easily
- Hydration hose port features locking zipper to keep it from slipping (reservoir sold separately)
- Removable top pocket features a cutout so your helmet doesn't bang against the pack
- Stowable crampon pocket includes a TPU panel to protect the pack and its contents
- Dual ski slots hold your planks while the dual ice axe attachment system is compatible with all modern tool head designs
- Sled pull attachment points on waistband, rope strap, haul loops, and gear loops and an ice clipper slot on waistband give you the means to haul all your gear
- Bivy pad included; can be removed
- Comes in four sizes from 31L to 37L
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Unpacked at lunch
Down the ridge
Descending off Little Dog Mtn on the southern edge of Glacier National Park.
Great bag if you pack light
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Purchased this bag last spring and I've been abusing it since. Climbing, skiing, overnights, winter camping, dragging over rocks, hauling excessive loads, as a commuter bag, everything.
Design wise, it's got everything a skier and mountaineer could ask for: tool and ski attachments are secure, simple, and quick. The crampon pocket also fits a folded pair of skins or a Nalgene; this kind of armored stash pocket should be standard on any day bag. Top loading is easy, and the side zip makes day access perfect (unless your skis are on the bag).
Durability has been fine. The side zipper seams are beginning to blow out, but that's from overloading the bag. Bottom has a tear or two, but again, I think that's normal wear and tear. The fabric has some kind of coating--the DWR has long since given up. Better than straight nylon for wet days.
The summit pack convertibility seems a bit gimmicky in the 35, perhaps more realistic in the 50, but in both cases the bag doesn't carry well enough fully loaded to be the approach/hauling pack. Skis, crampons, ice tools, rope, and protection plus clothes and water easily exceeds the capacity. I'd rather see dedicated functionality that carries loads better, especially wider shoulder straps. Strangely, the info I looked at shows that the 50L version doesn't have any greater weight capacity than the 35L.
A detachable/floating lid would help for carrying bulky but light items for the minimalist alpinist. Because it's attached in the back, anything bulky protrudes out and pulls away from the center of gravity, leading to more strain. The main strap flaps when not tucked in and cinched down.
Ideally, this pack is best for someone who does lots of technical work but goes very minimalist on weight. For that, it'd be perfect. If you're hiking in with a full day's worth of ski gear, look for something more supportive.
Would this work as a small backpack for a...
Would this work as a small backpack for a summit trip? Can the back be taken out so that the pack can be rolled up and stored in your larger backpack? If not, do you have any suggestions for other summit backpacks?
I am specifically looking for a backpack for the summit day on Elbrus. It is a two week trip - so I also need to bring my large backpack.
I would not recommend this for a 'summit pack'. I would suggest something along the lines of http://www.backcountry.com/arcteryx-cierzo-25-backpack-1647cu-in. I believe this would better fit your needs. It's light, minimal, and highly compressible.
Alpinisto for the Alpinist
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35 liters isn't much, but it's the perfect amount to go light on a single day peak ascent or for ice climbing. I can fit a 70m rope, extra layers, crampons, snacks, water and ice screws. If you have more you could strap the rope on top and use the inside for more gear. The crampon pocket is really awesome. The ice axe attachment points are pretty good, though I had one disengage from the ice axe at one point. Ice axe stayed put, but could be a problem. Super comfy and the removable bivy pad is really cool.
Used this pack maybe half dozen times on little day hikes and took it up mount hood once pack was great for the climb crampon holders were phenomenal at first I was worried about them falling out yet even with glasading down they didnt budge ice axe loops worked great. Most the time when climbing on the outside always moving around with out any good way to attach it but this pack did a excellent of securing items to it The down side with it is the chest strap, it is only attached with friction with a metal clip to the shourlder strap so at 3 am went to buckle my pack and bam it was gone had just fallen of(later found it at my house). Will use some athletic tape to keep it in place from now on but design is crap at best. Over all great pack, I would suggest it to a buddy but be very carful with the chest strap