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Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack

Long Term Review: Osprey Mutant 38 Pack Osprey has the reputation for making extremely comfortable packs and the redesigned Mutant 38 doesn’t disappoint.  This spacious 38L top loader fits like a glove, making it easy to forget how much heavy gear’s in it.  It’s also a very well thought out […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: BD Speed 22 Review

Field Tested: BD Speed 22 Review

Pack sizes are one of these personal preferences that can make or break any given product. Most of my packs are in the 35L range: big enough to fit a rope, gear, all the other essentials, and maybe even stuff the helmet inside. 25-ers are a bit more awkward because, […]