Alan Randall 2
Reviewed: 18 February 2012
Comfortable,very well made,not too heavy. I got this for £82 so at that price I consider this a real bargain.
Has enough useful features to make the slight weight compromise worthwhile. Although heavier than my other lightweight packs it does not feel it as the design and build are so good. The easy to use axe holders are a joy and the bottom compartment really useful for storing my belay jacket making it simple to access without having to rummage in the main compartment on stances. This compartment can be unzipped to increase the size of the main compartment. The side zip access to this compartment is also handy and these two features are well worth the additional weight in my opinion.
Not much. At £130 RRP it's a little pricey. The top lid cannot be removed although a pair of scissors might easily rectify this. Personally I can't bring myself to hack at such a good quality piece of kit for such a minor thing. The length of this pack might just prevent it being carried as hand luggage on some airlines, specifically Ryan Air as it is just over 50cms. On the other hand with some care I can get enough gear in it to use it as main hold baggage.
Buy this pack at the right price and you will not go far wrong.It is particularly well suited to cascade ice climbing as the additional features do add some weight and some may consider it a little heavy for alpine. It is also the right size to be a very good all round rucksack. If you only want to own one sack for all activities this one will take some beating.