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  • Climbing,
  • Running.
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Matthew Rutherfordwrote a review of on June 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love a lot about this pack. I've used it about 20 days so far this season and have carried it fully loaded as long as 40 minutes or so. There a number of features I love: side pockets, hip belt pocket, padded back and shoulder straps/hip belt, frame sheet, etc. And the zipper back also makes this a really great travel bag as it's essentially a suitcase that's easy to cary. I also love that it keeps its shape well as it obviates the need for a smaller pack when my partner volunteers to carry the rope and I'm only hauling the draws. I can fit 24 draws, a bunch of lockers and slings, 70m rope, helmet, harness, 2 pairs of shoes, chalk bag, wind jacket, and an R1 hoody in the main compartment with only minor stuffing. Then food for the day and incidentals in the top, one liter of water on either side, and my stick clip stuffed in one of the side pockets and behind the compression strap.

As for the purpose of the compression strap other than holding my stick clip, I'm really not sure. I never feel the need to cinch anything down. The only minor grumble I have is that at 5'7" I hit my head on the top of the pack (size S/M) when I look up, especially if I have my helmet on. Similarly, it's not a great pack for scrambling or wedging yourself through tight spots. But it's so minor in the grand scheme of things.



Matthew Rutherford

Matthew Rutherfordwrote a review of on May 18, 2018

Major durability issue (lemon?)
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 41

I loved these shoes so much for a few miles. I bought these for a trip to Red Rocks and the rubber was great for the scrambling approaches I came across. However, as the photo shows, I had severe durability issues. The laces are intended to wrap under the yellow cord and through eyelets in the mesh upper. But the mesh upper started pulling almost immediately I estimate that I hiked/scrambled a total of 5 miles before I pulled the laces out and ran them through the cord only to prevent the mesh from giving out entirely. The photo shows the damage on the left shoe which was the worst, but the right shoe is similar. I was very surprised that they held up so poorly. I would have assumed the sandstone would have caused more of a problem for the mesh than the laces. I'll definitely be reaching out to Backcountry and La Sportiva to get a refund.

Update: BC was great about getting me a refund but they don't have my size. I ordered a new pair elsewhere because I was convinced that putting the laces under the cord and not through the fabric eyelet might avoid the problems I experienced. Not true. Did about 5 miles of approaches and the fabric has started to fray on this pair as well. La Sportiva makes these in leather which is what I'm going to try next because I really love the fit and performance of these things.