Can anybody explain what the difference is here with the BA Grouse Mountain bag? I've read both of their specs in multiple places, but can't seem to tell which one is better for which uses. Ideas?
Also, I feel kind of locked into a getting a BA bag since I like pad-replaces-back-loft concept so well. Is this correct?
So far, I love this bag. For awhile, I was searching for something simple to hold my rope, harness, shoes, chalk bag, and water for my commutes to and from the gym. I ride my bike there and bag, so some kind of a duffel wasn't an option. I wound up with this bag and have been really pleased so far. I takes all the above stuff, plus plenty of smaller items, like a wallet, clif bar, and water bottle. It fits quite comfortably, and I'm totally happy wearing on my bike ride to the gym.
Some of the cool things about it, off the top of my head:
- Great fabric -- it's the strong stuff that they use in my Timbuk2 messenger bag.
- Cool design -- it's very thoughtful how the zippers and everything are put together... clever.
Only downside i can think of is the price -- it ain't cheap. That said, I bought another smaller, cheaper Black Diamond bag before this one, and had to return it as it wasn't large enough.