/ winter rucksacks - any ideas?
I’m looking for a nice, light as possible, low-tech (too many pockets etc. annoy me) winter rucksack that can hold basic winter kit including ice axe – does anyone have any suggestions?
I’d prefer ladies specific design– I’m 5”5 and on the slight side.
So far I’ve found –
Osprey (not keen on all the ‘features’ though)
Any recommendation appreciated :-)
or crux ak 37 (dunno if they do an x version though)
It's not womens specific but I really don't see that it would be a problem with this pack.
Arghaus Arete 35 (womens) or a mens 45.
Can be found from £45-70 if you look in the right places.
Bomb proof and simple.
If you don't like the gimmicks on the osprey packs you can often take them off, failing that you could cut them off!
I've been using this one a lot the last two years: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/alpinism-32-id_8170103.html
Perfect, considering the price.
The Warthogs from blueice are also very nice:
There are lots of good suggestions on this thread:
Something from Aiguille Alpine. Made to your spec in the UK for a lot less than most of the shelf. Call Adrian and tell him what you want - don't email - phone works a lot better with them. You can choose your colours too (mine's a fetching ninja black to throw the carry-on baggage police off the scent)
I have one of these..
Very good indeed. Its light, comfortable, simple as you like, functional and pretty much waterproof. The only thing I can fault it with is there are no compression straps, but if you're buying it for winter trips this shouldn't be a problem.
*Really* like the look of the Aiguille - simple & light, nice colours and the material looks like it'll last. Will definitely give them a try :-)
Deuter Guide is brilliant, my wife bought a new berg and is still stealing my 3 year old guide, the berg is in the loft gathering dust.
If you want light (but strong) and simple you need to look at Crux.
I have a 30 litre and 55 litre pack from them but you'd want something in the middle - maybe AK37?
I have a Pod Black Ice to cover this - brilliant but too heavy for your criteria. I know they make lighter versions now but personally I don't yet trust the new Chinese (?) manufacture and light materials.
the arkteryx CIerzo might work too. Mine fits my wife better than me, again simple light seems strong only had it 12 months or so. 6 weeks round the himalayas with my mum and no abvious wear.
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