/ Which rucksac?
I've gone through 2 Berghaus 45 sacs but the bottoms have given way gear has made holes after about 6 months.
I'm 5 foot 5 but have a short back I've been looking at the Pod sacks.
For bombproof look here ... http://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk/shop/4/15/index.htm
(not particularly light mind)
Seriously strong pack with no frills, just good materials.
I regularly tab with mine with 20kg of weights, takes it no bother. Oh, there are gear loops on the hip belt too.
I put my rack in a canvas bag or a drybag inside my osprey mutant to protect it from gear.Much cheaper to replace than a rucksack.
I use one of these
or one of these
I had a Berhaus arrette 45 l for a couple of years. It was very good value but did get a couple of holes in. Also I found the straps dug in when it was heavily loaded and was not so good when it didn't have much in.
I have now got Crux AK 47 X and it is fantastic, very comfortable and the fabric is really strong, it also has a reinforced bottom which should help you.
I am 5 ft 6 in and have Size 2 which fits fine. There is a size 1 on the web site but the shop I bought from ( Snow & Rock) only do sizes 2 and 3 so didn't really compare. The POD alpine 40 was good but Crux just seemd nicer and more robust.
But overall my thoughts are, as people get lighter and lighter packs for winter and alpine climbing, they aren't so good as general crag packs. Most of us do more cragging than climbing with a pack on, so having a crag pack is well worth it, and much more convenient for that use than a top loading alpine style pack. Then get a light pack for alpine. Shop carefully and two packs might not even cost more than one top of the range (not really) all-rounder.
For example, I've been using this http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=865 for about the last 4 years for weekly or twice weekly cragging trips through 3/4 of the year. At 40 quid it was cheap. Has lasted perfectly and means I can keep my lightweight alpine pack for exactly that.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
The BD Demon Duffel is big, simple, has a rope tarp and you can find online for as little as 45 quid for example. We're testing one at the mo'. The Decathlon own brand one looks good too for not very much.
I asked for people's opinions about the POD alpine a few days ago
You could just get a POD black ice. They've such a good reputation about receiving and coping with abuse. Personally I'd try a old school POD sack, not one of these new things made out of lighter materials.
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