PODsacs New Pack Range For 2010
£100-£150, added Jul/2009, see all Podsacs news & reviews
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PODsacs have a strong reputation amongst climbers for producing the most durable, 'fit for purpose' gear available. Building on this reputation the POD Design Team has introduced a new contemporary range to the collection for Spring/Summer 2010.

POD purists will most definitely not be disappointed...

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+Neil McAdie of Equip Outdoor shows off the new PODsacs range to Alan James at the Friedrichshafen Outdoor show 2009, 122 kb
Neil McAdie of Equip UK shows off the new PODsacs range at the Friedrichshafen Outdoor show

PODsacs (Pete O'Donovan) have been making climbing sacks since 1983 with a reputation for classic, durable product that lasts a lifetime. Last year Pete finally moved on to spend more time on his climbing and photography and sold PODsacs to Equip Outdoor Technologies based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. The new design team were given a difficult challenge; to create an updated range of climbers packs true to all the original values of PODsacs but using the latest specialist fabrics and manufacturing techniques. Pete worked with the team as a consultant through the design process and the result is a fantastic new collection of 'Alpine' packs (for the weight conscious mountaineer) and 'Granite' packs (for the year round climber), available from March next year. Prototypes were trialed and fine tuned by sponsored climbers over the last year, and also at the BMC international winter meet in March. Over the last month we have been out showing the final samples to retailers throughout the country, and also at the giant international trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany. So far so good and the new packs have had a fantastic reaction from specialist stores.

The design team worked closely with fabric suppliers to create bespoke Cordura weaves that give the optimum combination of durability, weight and weather resistance and these form the core of the packs. The fabric features a light grey waterproof coating on the inside providing weather protection and reflecting light to aid finding the contents! In a departure from old models the circumference at the top of the pack is slightly wider than that at the base and this makes a huge difference in the ease of packing and unpacking. The Alpine packs feature an easy to strip lid system beneath which is a roll top closure so that the pack remains secure and weather proof when in stripped mode. In fact by stripping the hip belt, lid, lid straps, frame sheet and alloy stave the weight can be halved. For example in 'full spec' mode the Alpine 50 weighs in at 1.6kg giving a comfortable carry for heavy loads on long approach walks, but when stripped weighs only 850g as a super light but super durable technical climbing pack. The Granite packs use heavier and even more durable fabrics in designs aimed at year round cragging and occasional mountaineering use.

THE ALPINE RANGE +Neil McAdie of Equip UK shows off the new PODsacs range at the Friedrichshafen Outdoor show, 88 kb
The Alpine range on show at Friedrichshafen

Lightweight packs honed for the alpine environment. Functional, weather resistant and can be  stripped down to suit the needs of the lightweight alpinist.

 

  • Roll top closure provides weather resistance and secure closure even when the lid is stripped
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  • Tapered profile allows good freedom of movement and easy packing 
  • Extendable/quick release lid with internal and external pockets 
  • Thermoformed back panel with closed cell foam sheds snow and does not absorb water 
  • Removable internal frame‐sheet and alloy stave for support
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  • Removable load bearing hip belt with gear loops for racking 
  • Internal light grey PU coating increases weather resistance and aids viewing of contents 
  • Ice axe/walking pole /ski pole carrying system 
  • External wand pockets constructed from ultra‐tough leno mesh
  • Rope carrying loop
  • Front and rear haul loops 
  • Internal pocket and hose outlet for hydration system
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  • Seams triple stitched and bound 
  • Internally bar tacked stress points 
  • 210 Cordura® Ripstop Nylon body 
  • 420D Ballistic Cordura® Nylon Base 
  • 1.6kg / 0.85kg stripped 
  • Also available in 30 and 40 Litre 

GRANITE RANGE

Versatile mid‐weight pack. Simple, functional and tough all‐round climbing and mountaineering pack.

  • Roll top closure for weather resistance and secure closure even when the lid is stripped
  • Tapered profile allows good freedom of movement and easy packing
  • Full length zip access through tough water‐resistant YKK zipper
  • Extendable / quick release lid with internal and external pockets
  • Thermoformed back panel with closed cell foam sheds snow and does not absorb water
  • Removable internal frames‐sheet and alloy stave for support
  • Removable load bearing hip belt with gear loops for racking
  • Internal light grey PU coating increases weather resistance and aids viewing of contents
  • Ice axe / walking pole / ski pole carrying system
  • Rope carrying loop
  • Rear haul loop
  • Internal pocket and hose outlet for hydration system
  • Seams triple stitched and bound
  • Internally bar tacked stress points
  • 420D Cordura® Ripstop Nylon body
  • 630D Ballistic Cordura® Nylon Base
  • 1.8kg / 1.05kg stripped
  • Also available in the range ‐ Granite 45, Granite 25 and Granite 16

+fred18, 164 kb
Granite close-up

Please note that these packs are NOT AVAILABLE until Spring/Summer 2010.


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