Pack technology has come a long way from a decade ago. They’re now more specialized than ever before. From crag to alpine, companies have designed cutting-edge bags for anything you want to tackle. It’s common for a climber to have several packs. Decide exactly what you want it for before going shopping. Every climber needs at least one pack. As the name suggests, this pack is optimized for backcountr y climbing adventures. Gregory uses its sophisticated Fusion Flex suspension for excellent carr ying comfort without unnecessar y bulk. Climbingspecif ic features include a pair of simple and effective ice tool attachment points as well as a durable crampon pouch. A side zipper provides quick access to the pack’s contents and complements the pack top loading construction. When preparing for the summit push, climbers can remove the hip belt, frame and foam back panel and transform the Alpinisto into an ultralight pack. The first thing many climbers will notice about the Cinder 40 is that the pack can stand up on it own. This simple feature greatly simplifies packing and organizing gear. Other details that climbers will appreciate include durable fabrics, a reinforced suspension system and an unbreakable metal waist buckle. Finally, the pack’s sleek roll-top closure creates a clutter-free profile for hauling.