/ Recommend a rucksac...
Cheers in advance.
I can highly recommend the Deuter Guide 35+. You may hear people complaining about it's weight, but for me the comfort and bombproof feeling make up for it. Dedicated ski attachment too, although I haven't used it for that personally.
Maybe a bit big, but bombproof, http://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk/cgi-bin/trolleyed_public.cgi?action=showprod_R047
Having also used this before I would recommend it, it is designed for skimountaineering and the front pocket is designed to take an avalanche kit
I haven't used it but have the bigger brother (South Col 75) and really rate that.
I did order one but it was the wrong size so I sent it back and I am on the look out for a large to try.
Haglöfs don't seem to do light when it comes to rucksacks! I notice the Matrix 40 is over a kilo and half. Don't why, but even their superlight 'action' rucksacks still come with these huge thick heavy backs. Maybe it's a Scandinavian thing! They like to carry axes and frying pans with them backpacking. :)
rrp is about 140, but nevisport have it on sale for about £90
Martin1978 - nevisport manchester have it in in a large back size, there might be stock in other stores as well.
Going cragging etc. the weight won't be a biggy, but it's one of those things when you think about it in terms of opportunity cost for a day in the mountains it makes more sense. If my new bag weighs 1 kg instead of 1.5 kg; I could add in a bothy bag and three choccy bars for the same weight. That adds quite a lot of 'survivability' to your pack.
I really rate my Aiguille Alpine Stratos.
It is hard wearing, simple, lightweight and a good size for all round use.
It has all the features you need and none that you don't.
If you are doing ski touring then it might be worth getting Ski slots added to the outside of the wand pockets. Because Aiguille bags are made to order in the Lakes they should be able to add them for around a fiver.
Give them a ring on: 01539 822223 and ask to speak to Adrian. He's a top bloke and should be able to sort you out with any modifications you need.
It will last you forever so is a bargain at £80!
Hardcore tough, comfortable and not adorned with pointless bells and whistles.
Really, check this pack out, best ruck I have ever had.
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