/ Anybody tried the new Miura 45 crag pack?
I've heard great things about the Miura 50 pack and was considering picking one up. These are now on the way out and the Miura 45 is coming in. I've not been able to find any reviews of the Miura 45 and wanted to know whether anybody has had a chance to play with one in a store or (better) at the crag?
My initial impression is not great and it seems a step back from the Miura 50 but without having seen one in person it's best to reserve judgement.
A couple of videos in case anybody is curious:
Miura 50 (old model)
Miura 45 (new model, £120)
- has handles on the sides, nice for carrying around
- flimsier looking waistbelt
- no shoulder suspension
- no way to strap a rope or tent etc. to the top (not the pack's main purpose, but still handy)
- more pockets for organising things (a friend who has the 50 said he could do with one more, but perhaps this is because he keeps his helmet in the top pocket)
More seriously the new version looks really clever but I do love the toughness of the Miura 50. I've been using it year round - my ice tools happily strap under the front straps and it fits all the crap I lug to the icefalls (belay jkt, spare gloves, 2 thermoses etc!) in easily. The zips are super beefy and run in straight line, the new version looks to rely more on curving zips which often seem a weak point in pack designs.
anyone else think it seems a bit on the small side? Also looks like the pockets wont be much use. All he had in it was a half rope in a sack,shoes and a small amount of gear and it looked a lot more than half full, barely enough room left for my lunchbox
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