My Ideal Climbing Pack - Is It Out There?


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Melinda Russell · Jul 25, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0
I am on a hunt for my ideal climbing pack. I would really enjoying finding just a few specific features on one pack..

Features: Top loader PLUS alternate access to the main compartment (or a zipper that opens up completely), daisy chain and straps somewhere on the outside, more pockets than just one main compartment, padded waist belt.
Size: 35L-50L
Use: Climbing and camping at the crag - something that can hold quickdraws, rope (preferably exterior to conserve space), chalk bag, harness, climbing shoes, clothes, sleeping bag (packs down pretty small), water, and food. Some additional straps to secure my sleeping pad and tent would be fantastic.

I would like this to be my one-stop bag for days we are going to hike to the crag and camp. Most packs I see do not have a secondary access to the main compartment, or they lack in complexity to organize gear properly while still being comfortable. I understand this pack may not be out there, but any suggestions will be a tremendous help! Just putting the feelers out...

Thanks in advance!

Michael Schneider · Jul 25, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 85
You should jump on this !!

Full value

Or,
Gregory Z ,pack, 60Lt size m (?)

Or
https://www.mountainproject.com/v/dana-designs-arcflex-terraplane-backpack/112025818 This is the over built, bomb proof, original (

Scott Kilts · Jul 25, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0
I bought the Patagonia Cragsmith 35l on a good sale + coupon from REI for $65 and it's been great.

Top access to main compartment, full back zips away to expose the main contents, decent sized lid pocket, small pocket for keys and chapstick right at the top of the zip away back panel and a side guidebook pocket hold everything I need pretty well. Rope strap on top has worked well enough for a rope, water bottle, and jacket when the need arises.

It's been climbing, camping, and used as my only bag on a month-long cross-country trip while I was working (no climbing gear that time) and does everything quite well.

I really like the key/msc pocket, the zippers that can all be pulled into basically the same spot right behind your neck and the make and materials seem great. Have stuffed it to the brim a few times and zippers were always solid, thrown it face down in the dirt/asphalt/whatever more than a few times and it looks brand new except for where the webbing on the rope strap has fuzzed a little.

Padding is comfortable, load lifters are nice. Daisy's are cool, haul straps seem strong. Basically all its missing are a way to secure the sides of the rope hanging down but I just used the rope for that and it worked well enough.

Good buy, I'm stoked on it. Works for me.

Nick Metzger · Jul 26, 2016 · Chattanooga, TN · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 381
My go to crag pack

http://www.campsaver.com/neon-pro-40-pack - Mammut Neon Pro 40L

Easily can hold the essentials: water, lunch, rope, draws, harness etc.. all tucked away neatly. The sidings folds in half for smaller loads to allow the pack to shrink to the appropriate size.

If you put your rope on the outside you will have room for full rack and helmet! The brain is designed to open up "backwards" so that you lean your pack against a tree/rock and can open it freely.

It has 2 gear loops inside which hold 2 atc's, 15 draws, and lockers easily.

P.S. that's a sweet deal, I payed full retail on mine a year ago.

Cor · Jul 26, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 930
I would look into the ever configurable CiloGear packs!
Next in line for what you want could be the BD Mission series.
If they still make them the same as a few years ago... Big zipper down the side to access the main body of the pack.

Michael Schneider · Jul 26, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 85
MelOhMel wrote:I am on a hunt for my ideal climbing pack. I would really enjoying finding just a few specific features on one pack.. Features: Top loader PLUS alternate access to the main compartment (or a zipper that opens up completely), daisy chain and straps somewhere on the outside, more pockets than just one main compartment, padded waist belt. Size: 35L-50L Use: Climbing and camping at the crag - something that can hold quickdraws, rope (preferably exterior to conserve space), chalk bag, harness, climbing shoes, clothes, sleeping bag (packs down pretty small), water, and food. Some additional straps to secure my sleeping pad and tent would be fantastic. I would like this to be my one-stop bag for days we are going to hike to the crag and camp. Most packs I see do not have a secondary access to the main compartment, or they lack in complexity to organize gear properly while still being comfortable. I understand this pack may not be out there, but any suggestions will be a tremendous help! Just putting the feelers out... Thanks in advance!
40+ or 65+ ? , v v v

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Do you want a 2-3day pack or a a larger pack that can go towards a week
To ten days , paired with a partner with a similar pack?
You do not need to fill a pack for every trip to the crag.
I took you to mean a camping size not just a climbing pack.
Don't miss out, some of these old packs are Built to last , forever, cost so little that you don't feel hosed when you want to try a 'new' one next season.
Starting at around 15, dollars, shipped
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lowe-Alpine-Frontier-APS-75-15-internal-frame-backpack/131890026049?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140602152332%26meid%3Dddfb8bbf624445a5baf1bb8db561c4df%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D9%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D182215274723

but there are a bunch under $50.00 bucks

NickO · Jul 26, 2016 · Utah · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 0
Been digging this pack a lot since I got it. Light backpacking, climbing, ski touring, and generally carrying stuff on your back.

http://www.deuter.com/US/us/alpine/guide-35plus-33573-118.html

MP77 · Jul 26, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 5
Been a fan of the Kelty Redwing. Fully zips open in the front for easy access. Lots of pockets for shoes, guidebooks, water bottles, jacket etc. and works great as a crag bag and backpacker. On sale now at REI.

https://www.rei.com/product/848267/kelty-redwing-50-pack?cm_mmc=cse_PLA_GOOG-_-8482670003&CAWELAID=120217890000794663&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=15723878200&CATCI=pla-126958001560&lsft=cm_mmc:cse_PLA_GOOG&gclid=COadk4HEkc4CFYtahgodiDEP-A

Kurt G. · Jul 26, 2016 · Reading, PA · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 80
look no further! I say that because last year I was hunting for the exact same thing and best I can tell the mammut trion pro 50 ticks off everything youre after (at least it did for me). and personal review, I love this pack. its comfy, carries well, and it durable for climbing gear.

https://www.mammut.ch/US/en_US/B2C-Category/Men/Equipment/Backpacks-and-Bags/Trion-Pro/p/2510-02222-0917

Simon W · Jul 26, 2016 · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Kurt G. wrote:look no further! I say that because last year I was hunting for the exact same thing and best I can tell the mammut trion pro 50 ticks off everything youre after (at least it did for me). and personal review, I love this pack. its comfy, carries well, and it durable for climbing gear. mammut.ch/US/en_US/B2C-Cate...
I have an older version of this pack and I also love it.

It can also be used as a backcountry ski pack. It carries skis, and the front pocket is excellent for shovel and probe.

Jason L. · Jul 26, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 5
I recommend contacting Josh at tufa. He can do most of what you're looking for. Awesome working with him.

M Bageant · Jul 27, 2016 · Cambridge, MA · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 5
Check out the BD Creek packs, they come in 35L and 50L, ultra-durable haulbag-style top-loader but full-length side zipper lets you open the pack up.

I've heard good things about the BD Stone series as well; they are more traditional pack designs, with the top loader and side zipper.

Sam Stephens · Jul 27, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 740
Mile High Mountaineering Flatiron

Rick Blair · Jul 27, 2016 · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 163
I had two generations of the the REI pinnacle pack. The first was 40L the second 50L. They both had gear suspension loops on the top of the inside to keep weight up high, gear loops on the waist belt, 2 ice axe holders with pockets for the picks to slide into and ways to store the rope. The last model had a rugged-ized pocket for storing crampons.

REI stopped selling it a little over a year ago.

Newest one.

Older One

Chase D · Jul 27, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0
Kurt G. wrote:look no further! I say that because last year I was hunting for the exact same thing and best I can tell the mammut trion pro 50 ticks off everything youre after (at least it did for me). and personal review, I love this pack. its comfy, carries well, and it durable for climbing gear. mammut.ch/US/en_US/B2C-Cate...
I also have this pack and highly recommend it. It's great!

Melinda Russell · Jul 29, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0
Kurt G. wrote:look no further! I say that because last year I was hunting for the exact same thing and best I can tell the mammut trion pro 50 ticks off everything youre after (at least it did for me). and personal review, I love this pack. its comfy, carries well, and it durable for climbing gear. mammut.ch/US/en_US/B2C-Cate...
Oh wow! I really like the look and features of this one. I also do backcountry snowboarding, so if I can use this pack for that, man, it would be a perfect double whammy! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Melinda Russell · Jul 29, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0
Has anyone tried or know of any females that have tried the Mammut Trea Guide? I'm pretty petite (5"2, 115lbs) so something with a female-specific frame would be nice. The Trion Pro is in 1st place right now, but I just hope the sizing won't be too big.

Chasing Choss · Jul 29, 2016 · California · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 308
osprey atmos 50

best hands down pack i have ever owned for cragging/light camping

Simon W · Jul 29, 2016 · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
MelOhMel wrote:Has anyone tried or know of any females that have tried the Mammut Trea Guide? I'm pretty petite (5"2, 115lbs) so something with a female-specific frame would be nice. The Trion Pro is in 1st place right now, but I just hope the sizing won't be too big.
FWIW the trion comes in two sizes. I went with the larger one. I'm tall and skinny and it's nice because the waist strap still fits a 32" waist!

Vertical Addiction · Jul 29, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 16
Mammut neon gear. The back panel unzips, and it has a built in rope tarp, and pretty much a separate compartment for everything. I love mine.

Alex Ghiggeri · Jul 30, 2016 · Denver, Colorado · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5
THE MAMMUT NEON GEAR 45 PACK!!!

this is the bag of your dreams... trust me it has everything you asked for. im obsessed with mine. holds my sport gear, trad gear, 3 pairs of shoes helmet, chalk bags, slings, gloves, belay devices, brushes, cordalettes, and you can hang your rope off the top if needed....and can still fit lunch and water. Also comes with a rope tarp. opens from the top and backside. truly your do it all crag bag

https://www.rei.com/product/878809/mammut-neon-gear-45-pack?CAWELAID=120217890000831658&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=15877498120&CATCI=aud-54816614184:pla-70393580320&cm_mmc=PLA_Google|404_10409|8788090001|e38c6c68-dc50-4f5d-8ad2-a1452efc288c|aud-54816614184:pla-70393580320&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_10409|8788090001|e38c6c68-dc50-4f5d-8ad2-a1452efc288c|aud-54816614184:pla-70393580320&gclid=CjwKEAjwoPG8BRCSi5uu6d6N5WcSJABHzD8FftEyO1ZedcJ9WgBfarDQohaEv29OWmns1Ys3zfJRixoCZcTw_wcB

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