Moon Climbing Aerial Pack

Simply sturdy

$124; moonclimbing.com

“Its charm and perfection come from what it lacks,” said a tester who took this 38-liter pack out for multi-pitch days in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, through the winter. “It’s refreshingly simple with no bottle openers, crampon patches, or ice tool loops. Just functional and sturdy.” Credit a design that’s catered specifically to rock climbing. A fold-over lid closure allows for easy over-stuffing, while a long vertical zipper gives instant access to your load. The suspension, an EVA molded foam back panel and aluminum stay, handles more weight than you’d think. Even with a 70-meter rope, rack, harness, shoes, chalkbag, food and water, it was comfortable. The few bells and whistles on this 2 lb., 12 oz. bag were useful: a stealthy accessory pocket in the lid flap, hydration sleeve, and two compression straps (great for strapping on a belay jacket).



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