/ Alpine Rucksack - which one?
I'm looking at getting a new rucksack mainly for alpine/mountain routes but something that will also cope with cragging and the odd multiday walk - basically a do everything sac.
My current sac is the Lowe Alpine peak attack which after a number of years faithful service has finally given up the ghost.
The possibilities are - Lowe Alpine Alpine attack 45:55, Pod Alpine 50 and Osprey Mutant 38. Also looked at the Osprey Variant but I think it's got too many bells and whistles for my liking.
Any advice or comments about the above sacs (or any other you think I should consider) are greatly appreciated.
I'm a big fan of my Pod Alpine 50. It used to be my "do everything" rucksack. I used it for days out, cragging, scottish winter, alpine, multiday hikes, I took it up Mera Peak, and a friend borrowed it to hike to Annapurna base camp. It has one of those folding closures that allows it to extend hugely (at the cost of being a little unstable when _really_ full), but also cinches down to be quite small.
The biggest issue I had with it was that I was always tempted to put too much in it! So, recently I bought a Mountain hardware scrambler 30 to force me to carry less!
The new Black Diamond packs are AWESOME. I have a Speed 30 and it's sweet - great suspension but strippable, not too heavy anyway and a nice simple design with everything you need and nothing you don't. Excellent ice tool attachments too.
They run larger than their official sizes I think, but I'm sure the 50 will compact well if you really need the size. The 30 should be more than enough though.
I have an Osprey Mutant and wouldn't recommend it. The back system has no support in it what so ever. The best thing I actually ever did to that ruck sack was put a sam splint down the back of it. I have used the Law Alpine Peak Attack (like the Alpine attack but smaller) and it was brilliant.
> Osprey Mutant ...... The best thing I actually ever did to that ruck sack was put a sam splint down the back of it.
Ah now there is an Idea!
I really like mine but do find the flopy back a bit of a pain at times that me think sounds like a fine solution!
The Blue Ice rucsacks have caught my eye of late. Sadly I can't justfiy buying one yet as I need to wear out my current Mammut sack!
Perhaps worth a look as seems to fit into your criteria.
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