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Jul 25, 2016
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!
MelOhMel
Joined May 15, 2016
1 points
Jul 25, 2016
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You should jump on this !!


Full value


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



Or
mountainproject.com/v/dana-des... This is the over built, bomb proof, original (
Michael Schneider
Joined Apr 24, 2014
500 points
Jul 25, 2016
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.
Scott Kilts
Joined Mar 23, 2016
5 points
Jul 26, 2016
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My go to crag pack

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.
Nick Metzger
From Chattanooga, TN
Joined Aug 29, 2014
433 points
Jul 26, 2016
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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.
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,488 points
Jul 26, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: 1
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
ebay.com/itm/Lowe-Alpine-Front...

but there are a bunch under $50.00 bucks
Michael Schneider
Joined Apr 24, 2014
500 points
Jul 26, 2016
Been digging this pack a lot since I got it. Light backpacking, climbing, ski touring, and generally carrying stuff on your back.

deuter.com/US/us/alpine/guide-...
NickO
From Utah
Joined Apr 11, 2011
36 points
Jul 26, 2016
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.

rei.com/product/848267/kelty-r...
MP77
Joined Dec 17, 2014
6 points
Jul 26, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me working Agador Spartacus
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-Categor...
Kurt G.
From Reading, PA
Joined Nov 5, 2012
159 points
Jul 26, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Peak!
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-Categor...


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.
Simon W
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined May 18, 2013
97 points
Jul 26, 2016
I recommend contacting Josh at tufa. He can do most of what you're looking for. Awesome working with him. Jason L.
Joined Jul 31, 2014
41 points
Jul 27, 2016
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.
M Bageant
From Cambridge, MA
Joined Apr 24, 2014
95 points
Jul 27, 2016
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Mile High Mountaineering Flatiron Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
999 points
Jul 27, 2016
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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
Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
376 points
Jul 27, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Shasta summit
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-Categor...


I also have this pack and highly recommend it. It's great!
Chase D
Joined Apr 27, 2015
214 points
Jul 29, 2016
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-Categor...


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!
MelOhMel
Joined May 15, 2016
1 points
Jul 29, 2016
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. MelOhMel
Joined May 15, 2016
1 points
Jul 29, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: top out of school rock
osprey atmos 50

best hands down pack i have ever owned for cragging/light camping
Chasing Choss
From California
Joined Jun 23, 2015
386 points
Jul 29, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Peak!
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!
Simon W
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined May 18, 2013
97 points
Jul 29, 2016
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. Vertical Addiction
Joined Mar 19, 2014
16 points
Jul 30, 2016
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

rei.com/product/878809/mammut-...
Alex Ghiggeri
From Denver, Colorado
Joined Jul 23, 2015
8 points
Aug 2, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me working Agador Spartacus
Alex Ghiggeri wrote:
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 rei.com/product/878809/mammut-...


the neon gear doesn't have a padded waist belt which is what the OP was looking for and also why I passed on the gear and went with the trion.
Kurt G.
From Reading, PA
Joined Nov 5, 2012
159 points
Sep 4, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: 1
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!

Did You pull the trigger? what did you decide on?
These folks make quality gear.
mysteryranch.com/?utm_source=n...
Michael Schneider
Joined Apr 24, 2014
500 points
Sep 4, 2016
Simon W wrote:
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.


+1 Exactly. I have the Trion 45+7 and it does everything well. Ice, trad, multi-day alpine, BC ski; climbs well, comfortable, durable and it cinches down to almost nothing.
Doug S
From W Pa
Joined Apr 14, 2012
45 points
Sep 4, 2016
So for a crag pack I went with the Millet Rockland 38 to just use on day trips. I absolutely love it! Folds all the way open, awesome rope-carrying system, quickdraw organization, rope tarp, and a couple extra pockets. But as for a multi-day, backpacking/crag pack, I have my eye set on the Mammut Trion Pro 50+7 . The Trion series seems to have great reviews. I'm just slightly concerned about the fit since I'm pretty darn small. I'll be pulling the trigger here in the next week then taking it on a 2-week trip to Kalymnos, Greece in October, so once I have a solid personal review, I'll be sure to give the details! I appreciate all the great input! MelOhMel
Joined May 15, 2016
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