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All hail the lady shred.
With a shorter back system and carefully designed hip and shoulder straps, the Ortovox Ascent 28 S Avabag was created for ripping chicks who get after it in the backcountry. The 28-liter carrying capacity is the perfect size for a day mission in the backcountry, with enough space to hold food, extra layers, and crampons, but not so roomy you'll tote along those luxury items that end up weighing you down.
The main front-accessed pocket holds most of your belongings, with a separate compartment for your safety gear and a small front pocket for goggles or a cell phone. Ice axe, ski, and snowboard loops make it quick and easy to throw your gear on your back, and the included Avabag system is removable in case you want to use it as a summer bag as well.
- A women's specific airbag pack for days in the backcountry
- 28-liter capacity holds daily essentials
- Large main compartment for storing food, water, and extra layers
- Separate safety compartment
- Ice axe and ski and snowboard carry loops
- Removable helmet net
- Avabag system is included
- Item #ORT008L
- Q & A
Lightweight and pretty!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I deliberated over this purchase for a long time. It’s hard to spend this much money on anything! Here is why I decided on this pack specifically: lightweight, women’s specific shot torso cut, compartments and loops for stuff (and a decent volume), and the sale price. I really wanted a jet force pack, but those are super heavy and super expensive.
I have used it a bunch (never deployed the airbag), and here are my impressions so far:
What I like about it:
-Very pretty color!
-Fits well (not weirdly resting in the middle of my butt like some other packs I tried on). If you are super tiny it might not work but it’s great for me.
-I can fit everything I need for a long day, and if I’m doing a shorter day there are straps on the side to cinch it down. If I have a ton of layers I have to clip my shell to the outside. It’s easy to do.
-Helmet pouch thing looks flimsy but works surprisingly well
-Pull tab has a lower position and I feel like I can reach it easily
-Same weight as my old (airbag-less) ski pack!
-You can practice pulling the tab without wasting a cartridge fill
What I’m less crazy about:
-The cartridge isn’t included (this is pretty standard but still)
-The plastic loops all over it strike me and kind of cheap and not super durable (I guess it’s a weight saving thing?).
-Along those lines, the zippers and pulls don’t seem like they are going to last forever
-The Camelbak strap is really hard to put in behind the avabag unit. I literally leave the hose in at all times and remove the bladder to wash/fill it.
-Waist clip is hard to do with mittens on (probably a good thing but it can be annoying when it’s super cold)
-Shoulder straps aren’t the most comfortable and sometimes get twisted up putting the pack on. It’s not a big deal.
-My normal shop did not want to fill the cartridge for me because they usually just do BCA (but a scuba shop did it for cheaper instead)
Overall, I’m super happy with it! I would recommend it if you are looking for something on the lighter side that still has enough room to be functional.
So is the cartridge included? The last reviewer says it isnt, but the product description says it is...