/ Has anybody used the Blue Ice 30 or 45?
I have the 30 l one, and it's stellar for climbing. Big enough to lug what I need at the crags, yet small enough to climb with.
Only problem is that it's a tad too big non technical day skitours. And not big enough for one nighter trips.
Not sure it would be big enough for scottish winter though, I plan to use a 45l when it gets cold
I've got the 45L and I'm more than happy with it.
Used for day/overnight trips in the Alps and Norway earlier this year. You can restrict the volume for less kit with the axe holsters.
Quite handy having the front opening, good build quality and I find it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
The zip is sealed/weather tight. I've not had a problem with it leaking but I've not yet put it through it's paces in Scotland. I still use a dry-sack to isolate dry gear from the wet.
Size wise, I'd consider it fairly large - I usually tighten the strops to prevent contents moving about. The hood attachment can be fitted in various positions from high to low, coupled with the drawstring at the top, it can be packed out quite a lot if necessary.
This is the only 45L I've owned so can't compare.
I can measure length & base dia. this evening if you want
It's not a perfectly circular cross section at the base, but approx. 250mm Dia. & about 700mm tall - fit's perfect into carry on baggage height wise. But as I was saying, you can allow more capacity by setting the hood higher.
Hope that's useful.
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