Downsized version of Osprey's tough and technical mountain pack hits British shops this month.
We're big fans of Osprey's original Mutant 38, a stripped-down technical mountain pack, and it's about to be joined by a smaller, sleeker, 28-litre version called the Osprey Mutant 28 complete with some neat new features.
The new pack is set to arrive in the UK shops this month and while it uses the same tough but light materials as the original along with snow-friendly, thermo-formed EVA back panel. There are a number of detail changes, some of which also carry over to the latest version of the Mutant 38. For starters, the hwere the 38 has a reverse-wrap, stowable hip-belt, the 28 gains low profile hip fins. And there's a new compression system called 'Top X', which lets you compress the pack further once the lid has been removed, that's present on both packs.
And as with the 38, the 28 is highly strippable for weight reduction, summit bids and so on - lids on both can be jettisoned, as can the hip-belt webbing on the 28, framesheet and bivi-pad on the 38 and compression straps on both. The medium Mutant 28 - three sizes - weighs a claimed 880g compared to 1330g for big brother.
For climbing use, the 'Hipalon' gear racking system has been revised too with the carabiner racking tubes joined by a more conventional 'mini gear-loop'. Finally there's a new internal essentials pocket in the main body of the pack, so you can stow your valuable nick-nacks even with the lid removed.
Finally, the latest Mutant 38 gets a new greeen and black colour option while the 28 comes in a choice of bright or more muted greens.
Prices are £70 for the Mutant 28 and £90 for the 38. More information at www.ospreypacks.com.