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Ortovox Peak 45L Backpack

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Peak 45L Backpack

Made for alpine tours and long days in the backcountry, the robust Ortovox Peak 45 Backpack is constructed with an extremely tear-and abrasion-resistant nylon 420D Manstar that proves its worth when put to the test. Broad, padded shoulder and hip straps distribute the weight of the load evenly between the shoulders and hips, keeping the ride extra stable over rocky terrain, while the diagonal ski fastener, snowboard and snowshoe attachment, ice axe and hiking pole fastening loops, and crampon fastening allow you to bring all of your gear for the mountain adventure with reliable security.

The hydration sleeve ensures you won't go thirsty, and a signal whistle combined with an illustration of alpine emergency signals under the lid help you out if you get caught in a tough situation. Plus, the Swisswool Full Contact back system offers unique moisture and microclimate management to make your back feel comfortable and dry when you're hauling a heavy load. The full contact back fits closely to your body and delivers optimum weight distribution, while its design consists of two aluminum struts that provide high stability and guarantee great comfort.

  • Backpack built for backcountry tours and alpinism
  • 45L capacity is the biggest Peak from Ortovox
  • Swisswool Full Contact back system is comfy and moisture wicking
  • Attachments for skis, snowboards, ice axes, helmets, and ropes
  • Internal compartments for hydration reservoirs and avalanche gear
  • Item #ORT003H

420D nylon manstar
45L (2746cu in)
Swisswool Full Contact
Shoulder Straps
load control
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
top load
1 hip, 1 lid, 1 back zip
Gear Loops
Helmet Carry
Ice Axe Carry
Claimed Weight
3lb 3.2oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring, alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Ski touring fine, not so much for climbs

I've put it through the wringer

I think this pack works fine for ski touring, but is not sufficiently robust for alpine climbing. Mine is two years old and has developed half a dozen holes. Perhaps a tougher material could be used in the most vulnerable areas of the pack.

>Rating: 5

The best pack ever. Period.

I've put it through the wringer

I have owned and used a lot of packs. This is by far the best multisport pack I have ever had. From backcountry skiing, to ice climbing, alpine climbing, ANYTHING! This Pack does it all. I have had this pack for 3 years and put over 500 days on it and its still killing it. I have hauled this pack up rock climbs, used is in the desert for 3 seasons, and hauled 70 pounds into the wind rivers for 5 days of climbing with it and its only got minor pin holes and sun fade. I love the pockets this thing has, its enough to keep your stuff organized but not so much that you forget which pocket your snacks are in! I like that it can carry two ice tools and crampons on the outside and having a pocket dedicated to rescue tools (shovel and probe). makes getting to these essentials fast and easy. I use the rescue tools pocket for holding guidebooks in the summer when I am rock climbing. The circumferential zipper allows you to open this thing up like a briefcase or just get to your warm jacket shoved at the bottom of the pack quickly. I use the crap out of the feature and have not had any problems with the zipper. Bottomw line, for skiing or ice climbing, or both, you cannot beat this pack. I am a full time, year-round mountain guide and a member of the Ortovox North American team I received this gear to test and use.

How do you attach your crampons? Does it come with a "bra" (like the old BD packs) or something similar?

>Rating: 4

Great spring/peak season ski pack

I've used it several times

I bought this pack for spring peak season, shedding unnecessary float pack weight. It's plenty light and is laid out well. My float pack has a separate rescue tools pocket as does this one, which I guess I have grown accustomed too and found welcome here. Like others have mentioned, you have to unclip the lid to get to that zipper pull, not ideal...but if you're doing it right you wouldn't be using your rescue tools. I'm pretty happy with the helmet carry, and how the netting stows is clever. My only complaint here is that if your ice axe blade/pick is at all sharp, the helmet rests against it and could get damaged over time. One outing quickly demonstrated this, as it started to abrade my helmet liner (you can see in the attached picture how the helmet presses against/obscures the pick). I had to buy a pick/adze cover as you can see to remedy this. No huge deal, but still an extra purchase. Overall though I'm happy about everything else. I love having side and top access. A-frame carry works great. There seems to be ample room in the lid pocket. If the main compartment is not very full and your lid pocket is, the entire lid can droop down, basically unsupported. Not a deal breaker, just an observation. I ran a BCA radio mic through the hydration pass-through with good results; I just need to find out a way to secure the radio unit itself inside the main compartment (maybe a custom mod I'll have to do). When skiing it rides just fine. Doesn't try to get "around" you like many packs do. After a quick handful of peaks I have to say I would likely recommend this, but just be aware of the quirks that are pointed out here and in previous reviews. That's about all holding this back from being full five stars.

>Rating: 4

Nice Pack, looks and feels sturdy

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

Good pack, has everything needed for ski mountaineering. Wish it had a proper crampon storage outside, but it has places to add a strap so that will do.

>Rating: 5

Great Pack!

I've used it several times

I have used this pack in the backcountry several times and love the capacity. It's he perfect size for a day+ tour and is reliable and rugged enough for the Utah Wasatch Range. Ortovox makes some of the best alpine gear in the industry. Highly recommend!

>Rating: 4

Seems Good, Sketchy Helmet Holder

I returned this product before using it

This seems like a really good backcountry ski backpack. Lots of room and features without being too heavy. However, the helmet net/holder is too small and hard to attach for my size Large Pret Cynic X helmet. I can get the net around the helmet, but its a struggle and would likely rip at some point. I am going to keep looking, but if you always wear your helmet or don't mind storing it in the main compartment, this could be a great pack for backcountry skiing.

>Rating: 5

Gear Institute Best in Class 2017

>Rating: 4

Great climbing, skiing, and hiking pack!

I've put it through the wringer

This is an all-around great pack for anything in the outdoors. It's perfect for a long ski tour, alpine climbing, and even lightweight backpacking trips (and carries a packraft really well!). The crampon carry system is a great way to carry them on the outside, and it holds my ice tools well too. I guide the glaciers of Alaska all summer and use this pack every day, and it's successfully survived one season (and is ready for more). I like the zippered pockets that give me fast-access to avy or rain gear, and the quick cinch/open system up top is easy to operate with gloves on. The only change I'd make is to make the brain fully detachable - it can be a tight stretch when trying to carry a rope on top of a fully loaded pack, but otherwise, I've been VERY happy!


How would I be able to attach a snowboard to this bag?

Hi Nick, detailed pictures of the attachment are in the manual which you can download on the website: