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I quite liked the look of the Medusa when I wanted a 30-ish litre pack for last winter. But rather than deciding to wait I found the Deuter Pace 30. Sold as part of their "Alpine and Snowsport" range, it certainly has all the features to support those activities, carries a load really well, weighs only 900g, AND it has 3 useful stretchy pockets
I've always reckoned a lot of Deuter packs are a bit over-designed and over-heavy (although comfortable) but this one's a real gem.
Mr Fuller wrote (see)
I've an Aiguille Cirrus that is somewhat similar to the Montane. Though they initially seem like very different packs the features are comparable and they're about the same size (33/32L), cost (£85/80) and weight (900/940g). The Montane's perhaps the better lookng bit of kit and I like the look of the axe holders, but it ain't made in the UK.
The Aiguille is likely to last much longer too.
For the weight I'd take my stripped down OMM Villain which comes in lighter. Or get a Jiri. The removable options on the OMM range for walking, climbing or skiing are pretty comprehensive.
I think the buddy pocket is a bit bogus - with a conventional design I've been able to get things out of the top pocket without removing the sack far more times than I've got a buddy to get them.
I have a lot of Montane gear so I am a fan - just not convinced this rucsac is owt special.
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