Packs

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

CiloGear’s 30L Guide Service pack is hard to put away. I’m a gear reviewer and a hopeless pack rat, so the selection of 30L-something packs around here is abundant (eight, by last count). Yet, time after time, I find myself reaching for the 30GS more often than not when I’m […]

Long Term Review: TNF Ice Project

Long Term Review: TNF Ice Project

With winter finally here, I dug through my pile of packs to put the more useful ones on top and came across a favourite from last winter — The North Face’s Ice Project. After a few months of use I’ve come to like this pack even more than I initially did. […]

Long Term Review: Mammut Trion Nordwand pack

Long Term Review: Mammut Trion Nordwand pack

One of these days I will find the perfect pack. That is not today, however, because as much as I like the Mammut Trion Nordwand, it is not perfect (though keep in mind that perfection is subjective). The Trion Nordwand is the flagship of Mammut’s alpine oriented packs, and it […]

Field Tested Review: Gregory Denali 100 pack

Field Tested Review: Gregory Denali 100 pack

Around a decade ago I spent a few summer months wandering around Europe, living out of my backpack. That pack, a Gregory Palisade 80, went with me everywhere, often times fully loaded with tent, cooking gear, clothes, all the other usual life stuff, and with more kit strapped to the […]

Comparison Review: Cragging Packs

Comparison Review: Cragging Packs

With spring rock-climbing-road-trip season upon us, and summer just around the corner, I thought it’s time to look at some packs designed specifically for rock cragging. Of course, any backpack, haul bag or even a large grocery bag will do, but these purpose-designed packs make the experience more enjoyable, and […]

Field Tested: Crux AK37 pack

Field Tested: Crux AK37 pack

The Crux AK37 is about as simple as a pack can get. There is one main compartment, albeit with the almost-obligatory hydration sleeve, and a fixed lid with a single, zippered pocket. There’s no key clip, no secondary mesh pocket, no other compartments. It’s basically a super-tough sack with shoulder […]

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review

First Look: North Face Cinder 32 Crag Pack Review Crag specific packs need to do two things in order for them to be successful: Haul all your stuff to and from the crag, and make it easy to do so. Recently I’ve had a chance to kick around Back of the […]

Field Tested: Deuter PACE 36 Pack Review

Field Tested: Deuter PACE 36 Pack Review

Field Tested: Deuter PACE 36 Pack Review The Deuter PACE 36 is a very light alpine pack primarily marketed towards the alpine ski touring and ski mountaineering adventurer. Weighing in at 920 grams (about 2 lbs), it is noticeably lighter than other Deuter packs in the same class, including one […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Ascensionist 35 Review

Field Tested: Patagonia Ascensionist 35 Review

I first got a quick taste of Patagonia’s Ascensionist 35L pack back in the fall when I used a loaner for a week or so. I was impressed with the comfort and carrying capacity, but torn about the top lid/collar closure system and downright skeptical about the pack’s durability, as […]