POD purists will most definitely not be disappointed...
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
Lightweight packs honed for the alpine environment. Functional, weather resistant and can be stripped down to suit the needs of the lightweight alpinist.
Versatile mid‐weight pack. Simple, functional and tough all‐round climbing and mountaineering pack.
Please note that these packs are NOT AVAILABLE until Spring/Summer 2010.