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Sep 23, 2009
Cilo Gear 20L Work Sack

Hi, I am Lynn S and I have a pack addiction. I am powerless over a good-looking pack, so when I saw the Cilo Gear 20L Work Sack, it stirred something within me; you know the feeling all you fellow gear addicts out there.

After twenty plus years of pack addict behavior I can honestly say that this pack is worth checking out. I got my hands on the Work Sack back in mid-August and it has delivered time and time again. It has joined me on adventures up Hallets and the Spearhead in the Park, new routing in Glenwood Canyon, into and out of the Black Canyon and a variety of other outings. The Sack has been a perfect companion for all of these trips.

Is It Big Enough?
When my friend Josh showed me his 20L it looked perfect for carrying on multi-pitch routes and it has delivered time and again. Stop one was the Park, I hid my Work Sack away in my bigger pack for approach and then brought it out as we prepared to rope up on the Spearhead. The thing swallowed up my descent shoes, water, snacks, rain shell, extra layer and a small first aid kit!

Rock Climbing Photo: Low profile
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I found that it carries very nicely on route. It is designed to ride between the shoulders and it does just that. Even in tight spaces it has stayed out of the away allowing me to climb without hindrance. There is no waist belt, but this can easily be rigged if one is so inclined.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit

Happy on top of the Spearhead with my “Cilo Pet”

So far the pack is holding up well; stitching is solid, pack body materials are taking a beating and still look unscathed. Recently a couple of us were working on a new line in Glenwood Canyon and the Work Sack was with us every step of the way; on our backs, being hauled, lowered, etc., it made it through the process still looking great.

It is a bag with a lid (no storage), it does not get much more simple than that. Two features I like are a small internal zip pocket and external side mesh pockets. The side pockets are great for snacks, light gloves, hat and so forth. They are made of a stretchy mesh that still holds gear even when the main part of the sack is stuffed.

Rock Climbing Photo: Gear

Ready to start up in the Black; carried the rack, runners, water, first aid kit, and extra layer in the 20L!

I had specific uses in mind for this pack and I have not been disappointed. It has done exactly what I had hoped for and did not exhaust my wallet, the 20L Work Sack comes in at 50 bucks . As with all Cilo gear products the 20L is handmade in Portland, Oregon. Plan ahead and get yours ordered today!

Lynn S
Joined Jun 16, 2007
710 points
Sep 23, 2009
the 20L rules! mountainsense
Joined Jul 28, 2008
425 points
Sep 23, 2009
Are teh white and black ones the same fabric? Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2007
245 points
Sep 23, 2009
Chris, they are the same materials, there may even be a red version available.

At some point they will make a Dyneema version available, higher cost however. I did get to touch the Dyneema pack and it is incredibly light.
Lynn S
Joined Jun 16, 2007
710 points
Dec 9, 2009
Im quite interested in this pack and emailed Graham about adding gear loops to the shoulder straps for me. Which he said he could do.
(Im thinking something along the lines of the Grivel Manu pack).

So tell me guys with the pack, do you think you could comfortably rack gear on the shoulder straps while wearing this pack? Would it be worth the trouble of having the custom work done?
Typically on a bigger climb with lots of gear Ill rack all my draws/slings and maybe a few of the most used pieces on a shoulder sling, keeping the rest of the rack on my harness.
I love the idea of this pack being able to carry descent shoes and a water bottle, just seems being able to rack gear on it would make it that much better.
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