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Tough, lightweight, and stable.

Unless you're often heading out for extended, multi-day trips, the Sierra Designs Ministry 40 Backpack falls into the perfect capacity middle-ground to make it useful for almost all of your excursions into the backcountry. At 40 liters, the Ministry can easily handle an overnighter but won't weigh down your 2 hour woods exploration at only 4 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • Multiple compression straps allow the pack to adapt to load size
  • Gear loops for external gear carry
  • Separate crampon pocket keeps sharp, snow-covered crampons away from the rest of your gear
  • Ski loops for winter backcountry travel
  • Ventilation conduit promotes airflow between the pack and your back
  • Thermo-molded S-curve shoulder straps and waistbelt for custom fit
  • Hipbelt stabilizers keep your load from shifting suddenly and throwing your balance

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What size would you recommend for a teenager,...

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What size would you recommend for a teenager, 5' 11", 140lbs, waist = 28-30" ?

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You really want to size a pack based on torso length. Height can give us a general idea but too much of his height could be in his legs and we might end up suggesting him too large of a pack. If you can get his torso measurement from the c7 vertebra (the big bump where the neck and shoulders meet) to the top of the hips then we would have a better means to judge his size.

If he is 16-18.5 inches go with the S/M and if the is 18-20.5 go with the M/L. If your son is still growing and is in that half inch middle ground then size up to the M/L.

5 5

Well-Designed, Burly Pack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First off, while not the lightest alpine-style pack out there, this thing is made of some super tough materials. I like the philosophy Sierra Designs used in creating this pack - it's old-school toughness (nice, tough, cordura-like fabric, tubular webbing on haul points) mixed with forward-thinking features. I really like the ice tool attachment system, very secure, and the crampon pocket is tougher than heck. My one complaint is that the "brain" is maybe a bit over-designed - there is a fleece goggle pocket that folds out (which I love, by the way) AND another zippered pocket on the inside of a overly (for the pack size) large "brain". I'm not much a "brain" user anyway, so I strip it and save some weight. The cinch collar material at the opening of the pack is super tough and plentiful, so it works well for this. All in all, everything you could possibly want in a cragging/alpine pack is here, plus this thing will last a long time, from what I can tell. Highly recommended.

Also, for what it's worth, the "rock" color - which looked black to me on my computer screen online, but is actually a medium-dark gray - looks great!

4 5

Great for my needs

I just used it for my trip to Chirripo, Costa Rica. It rained a lot, I'll say great for my needs!

Ministry 40 video from Sierra Designs

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Sierra Designs YouTube video on this model.