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When we started designing the new DMM rucksacks we knew straight away that we needed a sport climbing crag sack in the range. After careful deliberation and a good deal of intricate design work we came up with the Flight. This highly featured sack and rope bag combination has a suitcase style opening and is sized to carry the full gamut of sport climbing kit, including an 80m rope. It matches the maximum ‘carry on’ size for airline hand luggage and has stash-able features to reduce snagging during transit. And, to keep your kit and valuables well organised, there is a quickdraw rack, rope tarp and two zip pockets.
At 45 litres the Flight is the perfect size for sport climbing. It is certainly big enough to carry everything you will need for a day at the crag. And when we say ‘everything’, we mean a full rack of quickdraws, a harness, rock shoes, food, water, chalk bag, guidebook, extra clothing and any rope length up to 80m.
The suitcase style opening has a heavy duty YKK 2 way zip – this gives you quick and easy access to all of your kit, regardless of where it is stashed in the sack. The 2 way zip also allows you to carry a clip stick protruding periscope-style out of the top of the sack.
The foam side panels protect the contents from impact during transit, but they give shape to the sack too. When it is open the sidewalls stay rigid, making it easier to pack and unload.
There are a number of useful features designed to keep your kit and valuables well organised. There is a deep, padded pocket for all the climbing day essentials. This is sized to fit a Tablet or Ipad and is easily accessed from an external zip at the top of the sack. For extra security, there is an internal passport/valuables pocket with a key clip, which is only accessible via the main zip opening.
For your climbing kit there is a quickdraw rack and removable DMM rope tarp, plus compression straps to keep it all secure and stable. The tarp can be rolled up and secured separately which makes it ideal to drop into a DMM Void duffle bag for the journeying part of the trip.
On the outside of the sack there is an adjustable shield for holding a belay jacket or helmet. There are also external rope/clothing straps on top if you need to carry extra kit – both the shield and the straps can be stashed away when not in use. And, just to make sure that you stay hydrated at all times, there is a water bottle sleeve on the side of the sack.
There is nothing better than escaping for a week or two of bolt clipping in the sun and the Flight is the ideal sack for such a trip. It works extremely well at the crag, but it is also perfectly suited to air travel. It matches the maximum ‘carry on’ size for airline hand luggage and has stash-able features to reduce snagging during transit.
We have used a quick-drying Flow Airmesh back system with contoured and supportive padded shoulder straps, plus a waist belt – all of which makes for a very comfortable carry.
The Flight is easy to lift and move about, whether you are at the crag or in an airport terminal. We’ve fitted it with three grab handles – that’s one on top and two on either side of the panel zip. These allow for a quick ‘gathering’ pick up when moving to an adjacent route. The handles are soft grip with a nice skin friendly feel – just a little feature we hope you’ll appreciate when your skin is sore from too much climbing!
We have used light but hardwearing materials throughout the construction of the Flight. And just to make sure, the areas around the lid and base of the sack are reinforced.
The Flight is a highly featured sport climbing crag sack which is perfectly suited to air travel. It’s not just great at the crag, it’s great getting there too!
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