Climb­ing Packs

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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.

MEC Cra­ga­lot

Gre­gory Alpin­isto

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