/ Aiguille rucksacks
I got Aiguille to make some modifications to my existing pack. I was very happy with the service and the quality of the work.
I also had a look / feel of the packs while I was in their showroom / shop, the quality looks really good, and they are not over designed which is great.
You won't get more bombproof, my original is still just about going after 20 years and I used it for work every day for over 7 of that. Still have a daysack which needs a new zip after too much overfilling (that one is about 12 years old) but fabric is still fine. Put it this way, I bought a Pod to replace the original alpine pack, next time I'll go back to Aiguille.
I've had a Stratos for around 3 years. It's so far been bombproof. I got the back made longer, so the bag is more like 45L than the specified 37L. It weighs around 1100g, which is pretty good for the capacity and strength.
If I was going to buy another 30-50L pack, Aiguille is the first place I'd look.
I ordered a 47 litre model last week. Like another poster mentioned, most modern sacs seem to be too flimsy and over- complicated. My most recent one is falling to bits after only a few seasons.
I was attracted to the simplicity of the designs and that they should be repairable if needed. Good to support a British firm too.
I have had one for about ten years. I took it back to Staveley recently for a "service" and Adrian and the gang were very accommodating.
Good sensible and practical sack.
plus they are nice and light!
I posted this in a December thread
"Had a Zenith for approx a year; good sack, very well made, comfortable and lighter than it looks.
My only complaint is that the closing straps are stitched quite high up so that if you're climbing with it fairly empty, it's difficult to strap the lid down tight. I get around this by threading the straps down through the axe attachment loops."
Mine (a 'triolet' IIRC) is spot on, well made, devoid of superflous features and roobust.
Brilliant, simple, effective and hardwearing.
I',m a mountain professional and I've been through about six over the years now and keep buying them.over
What they all said - light, bombproof, no redundant 'features' and built to my spec - all for fewer £ than a big brand 'essential' pack. What's not to like?
Got my new Zenith bag yesterday. not used it yet but it looks as good as I'd hoped it would.
I agree, I was trying to find out about their Nimbus rucksack and they seem to have missed the description off entirely for that one.
My old sac is a Berghaus Arete 45. My new Zenith (47 litres) is definitely lighter in a non- scientific test I carried out (lifting both of them empty at the same time). I went for the Aiguille bag for the durability so it's a bonus to find it's pretty light too. Most manufacturers claim lower weights for products than in reality so I can kind of see why they'd not advertise weight.
Which is in the description...
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