Matt Helliker talks about the Osprey Mutant Pack

Matt Helliker putting the Osprey Mutant 28 through its paces  © Matt Helliker Collection
Matt Helliker putting the Mutant 28 through its paces in the Mont Blanc Massif
Firstly how sharp does the new Mutant look!! It's not all about this, but let's face it the best Alpine climbing pack in the world wouldn't draw our attention if it didn't look amazing! I've been using the previous Mutant over the past few years and I can say that the new edition carries over the great dependable features from the old model, but lightens and updates your old friend.

Even though the pack is light it still carries heavy loads super well. When you first try it on the shoulder straps may seem a little "light" but don't let this put you off, the balance of the pack is amazing. The load always seems well spread and this means that when climbing your movements feel unrestricted.

I've used this pack on Alpine and Scottish day hits to multi day north walls…Its lead, seconded and been hauled over rough granite slabs, pushed and pulled through razor sharp cracks yet still the durability of the Mutant always surprises. I know when I am climbing I need to depend on my pack and know it's up to the job. There are too many other uncertainties to account for and with the Mutant on my back it frees my mind up to work out everything else.

My favourite aspect about the pack is it's different configuration options. The Mutant has a FlapJacket™ lid cover, which means I can cut the weight right back by removing the floating lid if needed. The hipbelt is super comfy and folds away when I don't want it and both ice axe attachments are really well placed and easy to get to.
Also the Mutant has a perfect shape for loading and climbing with.

If you're considering going for a new climbing pack then you should definitely check it out, CLICK HERE to visit the Osprey Website.

Matt Helliker at a belay on the supercouloir  © Jon Bracey
Matt Helliker at the belay of the Supercouloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul


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Matt’s life has been shaped by mountains and coastlines, from the sea cliffs of Great Britain to Scotland's winter mountains, the European Alps to the Greater Ranges of the Himalayas, South America and Alaska....

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