/ small daysack for multipitch trad
Is there a pack out there that sits well, not getting in the way of a harness, is low profile to the back and is just the right size for trainers / bottle of water / bothy bag etc. Maybe 10-20 litres? Gear loops would be a nice plus too?
Anyone seen anything suitable / got anything suitable?
A friend brought it back from the States, handy little pack!
Alpkit Gourdon 25l. Lovely little pack.
Deuter Speedlite - comes in a variety of sizes (mine is 20 litres, I think that there's a 10 litre one as well). No gear loops, but weighs almost nothing and (on the 20 model) you can use the side-straps to surround the whole thing and squish it to nothing! It also fits between the back mesh panel and main back board of my 'normal' rucksack for the walk-in.
That said, though not so much of a concern for climbing, it has no waterproofing at all (and indeed my version (the old style) has drain holes in the bottom!), and if you want to keep something dry in the rain, it'll need to be in a drybag!
I use it for day-walking/skiing/climbing - anything where I don't need the size or weight of a more substantial pack.
I was looking for one to replace my Karrimor Hot Ice 35 a couple of years ago & was lucky enough to coincide with the release of the Lowe Alpine Extreme Attack 20:20 http://www.backcountry.com/lowe-alpine-extreme-attack-2020-backpack-2400cu-in
Nice bag - shaped so that it doesn't get in the way of your helmet, a bit weird in the gear attachment system but works pretty well.
Unfortunately they seem to have been a one off which was never continued.
i'd strongly recommend one of these.
Cheap, very light, packs down tiny, not bulky in use, big enough for water, trainers, belay jacket.
Another shout for the Goudron, I also use a three litre camelbak a lot too. For gear loops I cut a pair of Troll Gear loops in half and put them on the rucsac straps. I wouldn't buy them again though, just make my own.
Mammut Neon Light 12L, I love it, check it out I think you will too :)
Consider the "adventure racing" packs from Decathlon
I have the Raid 17l though in fairness I only bought it cos it was on sale for £10 and I have not really used it for much multipitch, but if I wanted to, this is the pack I would use. There is a range of sizes as you can see from the link.
In fairness perhaps others' recommendations above are more suitable but I thought I'd mention this one. I love it for cycling, it cinches around me all neat and snug.
I've used an old TNF day sac for years - very basic single zipped enclosure with simple waste and chest strap. Quite a few of similar design from e.g Karrimor for not much money. Not sure why you want gear loops though.
Second the Gourdon. I bought one to do multipitch trad and it does the job perfectly. Cheap, tough and waterproof. A couple of my friends have bought one after seeing it. No gear loops though.
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