/ Best rucksack for mountain routes
Key features would be
minimum straps & gizmos on the outside
one that sits low on the back (so that it doesn't interfere when you are trying to look up on steeper routes)
Well I've used a Berghaus Arete for years and found it great. However my new Deuter Guide Lite is even better.
I like your final choice of boots too!
Yeh, thats my usual climbing sack but decided to use an osprey one for comfort but it was a pain when I wanted to look up at routes/ place gear etc.
BD speed 30. Very comfy. can be stripped down. Can also carry atop mor than the size would suggest due to extending lid/ rope strap etc.
BD RPM 26
Osprey, pod, berghaus, crux all offer great bags with a good life span.
I replaced my useless Berghaus airflow thing with a Lowe Alpine 'Crag Attack 40', and it's been fantastic. One big compartment, pocket on the lid, minimal pointless padding, e.g. on the waiststraps. Minimal crap on the outside, apart from compression straps (which work) and axe holder thingmies, although it does have two pretty pointless gear loops on it. It's light as well, but not to the point that a sharp bit of schist will ruin it. It's also cheaper than most offerings from Osprey/Berghaus. It doesn't ride too high either, so it'll be out of the way of your head.
I've had it for a while now, and it's my 'go to' rucksack. I've used it for short breaks in Paris, looooong days doing Munros, cragging, going to the indoor wall on my bike etc: I'd rate it a solid 8/10.
For rock, best bag is your pockets (most summer routes in UK unless you are dead slow), but if you do need one get a cheap 15l with one compartment.
Yeh, I have a minimalist approach - however for linking routes together & continuing onto a ridge walk - I did that once & didn't like it much
I did a 9 pitch "easy" route on Lliwedd a couple of months back, with a Quechua Raid 17l pack (marketed at triathletes and fell runners) and it was fab as long as my harness and rack were outside the main compartment
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