/ Recommendations for an all-round alpine/mountain pack?
I had a grivel Alpine 45 but found it a little over-complicated and so thats now gone, what im after is a pack that will take all the usual, but with a definite alpine climbing style design to it.
Can anyone recommend anything good for <£100 - ideally with a good durable material.
Just pick a size.
If you want something nice and simple then I really think the pack from Cold Cold World:
Looks really good to me. 37 liters and 1kgs. Good weight for the capacity. No faff. You can fit all your gear inside the pack (most compression straps etc aren't IMHO needed) I'm quite sure.
I bought a Haglofs Roc Speed for the alps this year. 25l (more than that I'm sure, about 30ish l) and under a 1kg. Nice and simple.
If not, while it is out of budget, the Arcteryx Nozone 35 is again a decent size and weight.
Osprey Mutants are nice. But they're a bit heavy if you ask me.
I'd be thinking of buying it in about 32-35litre size (i dont remember exactly what it comes in!)
Not the lightest but bomb proof and pretty cheap. Dont come much better than deuter I love it. Use it for cragging and scottish winter and general walking. Can remove waist belt if you wanna strip it a bit.
Got this in 35l and its great, if you have a Go Outdoors near you then go in and have a look. I've cut just about all the un-needed stuff off it now and its a top pack. Only thing I dislike about it is that the lid doesn't come of but for the price you can't really go wrong. The material seems to be holding up to Gabbro abuse so I can't fault it for durability !
maybe a tad small but dead light :D
A lot of people are recommending 35-38l packs.
Are you used to filling 45l? Do you think you will ever want to carry bivi kit in the pack?
I was looking for a pack for similar requirements earlier this year and after a LOT of looking at stuff, and deciding that extra capacity is worth it for the occasional bivi, I went for the Lowe Alpine "Alpine Attack".
If I could have managed with less capacity, I might have gone for the Haglofs Roc 35 which looked very neat and bombproof (the red-and-black colouring lured me too, though). Osprey Mutant 38 was in the running too. There was a lot of unsuitable tat out there.
Funnily enough I gave serious consideration to the North Ridge Ballistic 35 and 45 as Nathan93 recommends (I thought they had all the features you'd want, nothing extraneous, and were light), but I decided against them because I thought the build quality might be a bit questionable (I made a few inspections of these bags in my local Go Outdoors). Nathan says they seem durable though, so might be worth a look. North Ridge is the "house brand" of Go Outdoors, much as Quechua is the "house brand" of Decathlon, so it's probably unlikely that they'd sell tat under that brand, as it would impact on Go Outdoors as a brand if word got around.
I have no regrets about buying my Alpine Attack. It's only had 6 or so mountain days in the Alps, plus a load of cragging in the UK, so I can not comment on durability, but it ticks all the boxes. I got it on a special offer for about £90. If you go for an Osprey Mutant 38 try ratrace.com, they sometimes have them cheap (not right now though, it's £90 - I could have had one for £72 earlier this year)
Duter Guide 45+ used it for over a year summer cragging and scotland winter/ summer alps. not a bad thing to say about the pack.
For the price, you can't go wrong with the Low Alpine Crag Attack 45, mine's done me proud so far.
My 45:55 does me for summer walking (compressed), cragging, winter climbing, backpacking and general travel. Love it.
Can't comment in the current version, but my Alpine Attack must be about 20 years old and still going strong - had to replace the drawstring at the top this week, which has been the first thing to fail on it.
Don't get a Berghaus Arete 35, I found holes in it after about 6 months and have had to make a new grab handle as one half pulled off. Mind you the holes don't appear to have gotten much larger now.
I would recommend looking for one with a floating lid so you can shove it inside the pack once you've dragged your kit out at the bottom of the climb. Its the one big thing I wish my pack had now.
An absolute bargain at £30
You were doing well to get to 6 months!
If you are going to climb in it, think about the shoulder straps. If they are too wide or stiff, it can really make the pack difficult to climb with, even if there is little in it.
Hello mate, I have a warthog 26l which I use for summer alpine and UK stuff including Scottish Winter. It is super light, very tough and also simple so no straps flapping around etc.
I have just seen that they have released a 38l version which I will be purchasing for longer alpine routes which require bivi kit to be carried.
Both under £100, durable and light so they fit all the requirements you have listed.
Best of luck
Ive had a Berghaus Arete 45L sack for 5 years now....its done me 4 trips to the alps and everything inbetween very simple design and very tough....I think its the original sack though..Berghaus have tweaked a few things on the latest version so I can't comment on the latest model...it was cheap aswell less than £50!
Cheers mate, and everyone else who has contributed.
Having reviewed this topic, and looked online for other additional information i have in fcat decided the ultre-lightweight approach is not me, as i often carry an omnifuel, a bivvy and sleeping bag when out and about.
I'm going to go 45 litre, and the deuter guide looks very good, if not a bit complex for what im after.
One bag i am REALLY drawn towards is the BD Epic 45 - it seems to fit my criteria perfectly, however the lack of information in the UK puts me off. I can however get one from Germany for £110 - more than my budget, but a very very tasty looking piece of kit.
They seem to produce decent kit though?
I've had an Arete 45 for 3 years, it's done 3 Alpine trips, plus winter climbing in Scotland, Greece and Ireland (yes it does exist some years!), lots of cragging and 3 years of walking guiding in Scotland (including lots of scrambling). It's been brilliant, everything I need and no extraneous faff and the fabric seems pretty tough to me (and I'm generally hard on gear)
This sack mate
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