Tag: backpack

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

The Alpine Start has done a lot of pack reviews over the years but usually these reviews are of ice, rock or alpine oriented packs.  This year we decided to take this expertise and apply it to a comparison review of some newer mid-size ski packs.  We chose this size […]

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

Keeping it in alphabetical order this time… nothing revolutionary, but some cool updates. Arc’teryx is updating their Cierzo lineup for 2016. New, tougher fabrics should be more tear and abrasion resistant while retaining the packs’ light weight (375g for the 18L, 550g for the 28L). A large, glove-friendly top closure […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

Field Tested: Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

Spring is here once again and many of us are taking our rock gear out of the dark corner that we threw it into after our fall climbing trip and getting ready to hit the crag.  To cart all that lightweight but surprisingly heavy gear around most outdoor companies have […]

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 […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]

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 […]

Field Tested: Arcteryx Alpha FL pack review

Field Tested: Arcteryx Alpha FL pack review

The Alpha FL packs are the most exciting alpine/ice/mixed packs released this year. They’ve been stripped down to the essentials, constructed of a durable, weather-resistant fabric and feature innovative tool holders and closure mechanisms. Plus, they weigh next to nothing for their size. All good things! There are two packs […]

Field Tested: TNF Verto 26 review

Field Tested: TNF Verto 26 review

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: The North Face of the 2010’s is making a strong comeback as a premium outdoor brand with gear that is well designed and nicely executed. I continue to be very pleasantly surprised at their products, especially those in the Summit Series […]