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packable multipitch backpacks?


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Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255

I love everything about the Montbell versalite pack, except that it is about as durable as a plastic grocery bag. It climbs well and it's just the right size for two people's stuff on a long climb, so the leader can go pack-free. Best of all, it packs down to the size and weight of an orange so you can chuck it into a larger bag for the approach. On the other hand, I put new holes in it on every climb such that now it's pretty much held together with tape. And no, i wasn't thrutching up chimneys with it either! I would happily accept a few extra ounces of material in return for some durability.

Anyone have any climbing bag recommendations? Key features are: packable, climbs well, durable, has an ice axe loop.

Jon Rhoderick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 850
John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

Cilogear 20l is great. I've had mine for... 6 years now? 7? Long time. Hundreds of pitches including tons of chimneys, and barely a scratch. I don't have the hauly, just the regular. The hauly is a bit overkill for regular climbing- that was designed for bolting and other work stuff. 

Jay Eggleston · · Denver · Joined Feb 2003 · Points: 17,795

I have a Cilo Gear 20l too.  It's great but, he asked about an ice axe loop.  It doesn't have one.

Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255

Cilo gear has a great reputation, too bad I haven't been able to look at them in stores. Might be able to sort out a janky ice axe loop with some cord?

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

The 20l does have a small daisy on the front and side clips. Id give them a call and tell them what you're looking for and see what they say. 

RangerJ · · Denver, CO · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 65
FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

I'm glad someone finally asked this.

Andrew Steavpack · · Castle Pines, CO · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

Take a look at MHM Signal 18 or Slay 24 both have ice tool attachment and have a pretty innovative zipper design. I've climbed with their Switch 26 and it's a bit big but definitely super durable material. They've got a store on Tennyson if you're in the Denver area

https://www.mhmgear.com

TCC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 50

I haven't seen it in person, but the Mammut Neon Speed looks like it might meet your criteria.  Smaller than your Versalite but has the expanding helmet/stow pocket.  Someone who has one might be able to comment on durability and how it climbs.

https://www.mammut.ch/INT/en/B2C-Kategorie/Men/Equipment-Men/Backpacks-and-Bags-Men/Neon-Speed/p/2510-03180-0001-1015

jaredj · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 165

Prior generation REI Flash 18 packs have two rows of daisy chains, one side with an ice axe loop.   Can be had on eBay for $20 / each.  More durable than your Montbell, but less so than the Cilogear.  

Josh Kornish · · tufaclimbing.com · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 845

I make a very packable multipitch back pack. I'm using a fabric called X-Pac that is light and durable.  I'd say it approaches and climbs well.  Happy to add daisies with tool loops.  

Shoot me a PM if you want to talk gear!

Josh

TUFA

Jon Rhoderick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 850

^^ Get that one ^^

Jon H · · MD/DC · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 123

Get the Tufa.  More info here: https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/113342669/tufa-mochilla-packs . It's worth reading the whole thing.



Kyle vH · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 18

Wow Tufa looks nice. Replying here to remind myself to shop there in the future. I have a dynema roll top from another company (Hyperlite Mountain Gear) and they are nice because they're waterproof which works well for a river trip, canyoneering and backcountry skiing.

Sean H · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Dec 2008 · Points: 120

Marmot Kompressor or Kompressor Plus.

Weigh almost nothing, and there is a small foam back panel that's easily removed to make this even more so the case.

https://marmot.com/equipment-packs-and-haulers-day-packs/kompressor/24920.html

https://marmot.com/equipment-packs-and-haulers-day-packs/kompressor-plus/24940.html

Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255
Sean H wrote:

Marmot Kompressor or Kompressor Plus.

Weigh almost nothing, and there is a small foam back panel that's easily removed to make this even more so the case.

These looks pretty ideal, thanks!

grubbers · · Mass. · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 0

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Summit Pack, mine was shipped to me in an envelope. It's been fairly durable so far, but I'd be hesitant to do any hauling with it.

Nolan Fulton · · Montgomery,AL · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 296

I got a Exped summit lite 25L 

Exped lite

i really liked how light it was. Has some sewn loops, water bottle pouch, ice axe sling, and chest and waist straps

C. Seaton · · SLC, UT · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0

CAMP Phantom 2.0 or B.D Blitz 20

Doug Hutchinson · · Seattle, WA · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 95

Nineteen replies and no Patagonia Linked 16 love yet? OK, here goes, I freaking love the Linked:

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/climbing/climbing-backpack/patagonia-linked-pack-16l


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