/ Opinions from owners: Blue Ice 45L
Its a great sack. I agree with MattIrwin that the lid does detach occasionally when not strapped down but other than that its great. Picked mine up off rockrun as a few weeks ago as it was on sale. great quality for the price
I've had one for this winter season so far. I've used it for winter climbing, rock climbing, skiing, and a short train trip to London. Its a great bag. No holes so far, the axe attachment is refreshingly simple (why do we need fancy complicated not-very-secure easy-to-break axe attachment points Osprey? stupid...) works well for carrying skis, the zip is tough and useful once you get used to it, and the bag gets wider from bottom to top so its easy to pack efficiently.
My only issue with it is that the straps that hold the shoulder straps to the back often get caught under the lid, then the straps loosen up and the bag is hanging miles backwards at the top. its fine as long as I remember to check it after doing up the lid, but it can be bloody annoying, especially when on an awkward stance in a gale!
I find the back and the waist belt comfortable, though I've mostly been using it with a lot of layers. I guess I'll find out more when I use it this summer in California.
Overall I'd totally recommend it, as long as you don't like fancy (IMHO useless) gadgetry on your multipitch bag. (I do have an Osprey 70 L for long backpacking trips and I love it for that because it has an amazing back support, but Osprey make their bags too complicated for winter)
The ice axe attachments on mine I don't like, consisting of a large pocket at the bottom to put the picks in then you have to unclip the compression straps and clip them round the axes, much prefer the style on my warthog bag.
Same story with the lid, always coming unclipped when not fastened up. Fortunately not lost it yet.
Compression straps can come undone too if not under alot of tension.
Looks like the new yeti 45L fixes all these problems, if I see one when I've got a bit of extra cash in my pocket, it'll be leaving with me.
I can see the benefits of additional straps for skiers and boarders, but otherwise can't see it improving on the bomb proof Pod Black Ice classic. Small back size is I think just under 45l.
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