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When you break out from base camp for a day of exploring and scouting your summit route, the Mountain Hardwear Cima Alta Backpack helps carry the essentials and allows you to move gingerly through the alpine. This 25-liter alpine climbing companion weighs less than a pound, is able to fold into its own security pocket, and holds ample supplies for a day of glaciated trekking.

  • The removable, padded back panel and mesh shoulder straps cushion the load as you explore
  • The Cima Alta folds inside its fixed top lid pocket for easy storage after you remove the framesheet and back panel Removable, low-profile web waist belt provides additional load stability
  • Front flap pocket features compression straps to stabilize the load in the main compartment and is great for stuffing extra layers
  • Top security pocket holds your wallet or passport out of the reach of thieves
  • A single ice axe loop safely secures your axe in case you need it during your route scouting
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Awesome Pack!

    I use this pack for EVERYTHING! Whether I'm out on a day hike, traveling in the city, or using it every day for college, I love this pack! It's pretty comfortable, and can carry a lot of stuff! It's really cool that you can pack it down into itself, which is great, because I can use this as a summit pack, because it's compact enough to fit in one of my other packs.

    For this price, it delivers

      First off, I think it's most appropriate to view this product with the appropriate lens: that is, a lightweight ascent/daypack. At 14oz, it has little competition it can't match up with. In that respect this product delivers. Initially I was concerned about comfort, but with light loads it's been quite comfortable. I like the outside flap pocket, I frequently store stuff like a camera or cliff bar in it- and so far nothing has fallen out. The plastic hook does it's job holding my platypus bladder in place, and it stores plenty of stuff. The material it's made of is tough and attractive. The hose-routing flap allows left or right deployment while keeping debris out of your pack. The ice axe attachment mechanism is robust and well thought out. The small waist strap is removeable. The ability for the pack to roll up into nothing (with foam removed) is also a wecome feature in a secondary pack. This pack also does a good but not great job of adjusting to reduced capacity loads.

      Now the negatives: The upper pocket seems mostly worthless, I think stuffing it full would make your pack fit poorly, although it is semi-hidden and has a handy key-hook which I always use. The side water bottle pockets are just a hair too short for full 20 oz gatorade bottles. The pack when overstuffed or overtightened tends to form a "sausage" shape. It can lead to your back sweating a little more. For me, a little more than a lot isn't noticeable.

      Bottom line: If you want a very lightweight simple daypack, this is a great one to consider. Some issues aside, it will be adequate for most. I'd recommend this for someone who primarily uses a bladder, and tends to pack minimally (not overstuff). So far I've used this on 4 hiking trips and have been satisfied with the performance and very pleased with the weight reduction.

      Great, but no ventiation

        I got this backpack as a day pack for my backpacking gear and also use it daily to carry my stuff around town. The quality is great and the price is low. It's super light and packs into its security pocket for stowing. However, there's pretty much no ventilation for your back. I don't sweat that much and my t-shirt will get pretty damp if its even moderately warm. But that's not too big a deal in my opinion.

        Very Happy With This Pack

          This is a very nice day/summit pack.

          The material seems way more rigid then I was expecting for a pack this size that can be packed into itself. The shoulder straps are comfortable and the waist strap seems fine and don't ride way up on your stomach like some packs. The specs I've seen say that this pack is Not hydration compatible but there IS a hook on the inside and a port for a hose, however, there is not a pouch for a bladder.
          It is fairly easy to stuff this pack into itself. Just take out the foam pad (turn the pack inside out to do this) and stuff away into the "security" pocket. It does break down to a nice size. The foam pad isn't much so you could easily fold or roll it up to stash while hiking to base camp.
          The main compartment is large and can hold a (lot) of gear, and compression straps are just about perfect on this pack which is good because the stuff pocket on the outside to which they are attached isn't so perfect. I was hoping for some sort of stretchy material that would optimize stuffing but that is not the case with this pack. Not useless but could have been better. My last gripe is that the mesh pockets could be a little bigger but that seems to be the case on a lot of daypacks i've looked at.

          All together when I first ordered this pack I wasn't 100% sure about it. Now that I do have it I am totally happy with this pack. You should buy one if you are thinking about it!

          Does anyone have any info about the pocket...

          Does anyone have any info about the pocket on top? Approximately, how big is it?

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          Has anybody used this product for bike...

          Has anybody used this product for bike commuting? I don't have a laptop - just clothes, lunch, occasionally shoes and a U-lock. I'm interested in experience with pack's fit, any tendency to bounce or dig into bag, and water resistance. Thanks!