/ Crux backpacks
Got an ak47 - don't really rate it. V 'baggy', lid doesn't stay put, stitching coming undone in places. Nice concept but not great in practice is my opinion.
> Nice concept but not great in practice is my opinion.
Unfortunately I have to agree, in general. I'd like to like Crux, but with both my Flak jacket and Flak pants there are design/manufacture flaws which seriously undermine them.
- pants buckle broke when unwrapped from packaging
- pants are a good 1" shorter inseam than their spec
- jacket nice and wide across the shoulders, trim around the waist, but neck / front of hood ridiculously tight so that I can't wear most helmets under the otherwise-good hood, at least not if I want to do the zip up in bad weather.
- i looked at an AK47 in the shop but the lid seemed way too floppy when lighly loaded
Agreed. I had one for a while (I was given it). It carried really well but the zig-zag side straps don't work, the lid is too small and it's too easy for things to fall out, and the top sleeve was made of way too flimsy fabric on mine.
I got a POD Black Ice instead and am really pleased with it - though it's not quite as comfortable.
I have three Crux sacs of different sizes. Whilst I agree the lid design can be a bit of a faff and "flop around", I haven't had any quality issues. The lid can be taken off if the pack isn't full, although I would prefer that they adopt a more conventional design.
Personally I choose to use them because I've not seen anything better for strength/ weight and simple climbing specific design.
> - i looked at an AK47 in the shop but the lid seemed way too floppy when lighly loaded
Sorry, I actually meant the AK47-X with the extendable lid. And to be fair, they're not the only brand of pack with this problem.
I found the frame of the AK47 rucksack was in the way when wearing a helmet.
I've got an AK47-X. I love it except for the complaint about the lid that others have raised. However I kinda thought this is par for the course given it's an extendible lid, but I don't know if this problem also affects the non-extendible models.
The lid complaint doesn't both me that much. It's a bit annoying but still a great bag IMO.
I have a Podsac Black Ice which the floating lid does stay fixed, so it is possible. Lid of this is enormous. Also an XPod for trips which is great.
I like both AK47 and Black Ice, simple, robust (except for zip and that could have been me over cramming the lid since its small). Different design features so worth looking at both. Similar weight and capacity.
Dont want to be too picky but issues I have had are:
- Baggy if not that full ( I bought a 30l for smaller loads)
- Floating lid floats, advice I got was to put Seamgrip on the retaining straps and this extra friction has really helped.
- ixe axe loops a bit large for technical tools with small hammeradze
Thanks - will give it a try, at present have had to tie up the straps.
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