With ergonomic shoulder straps, a three-dimensionally formed waistbelt, firm foam padding, and the Bergans Quick Adjust PRO carrying system, this pack offered an adjustable, comfortable fit for testers. “The design truly helps balance weight across your whole upper torso, and the straps are easy to customize,” said one tester, who found this to be the best-fitting pack she owned. The Quick Adjust system means the shoulder and chest strap heights can be dialed in to the user’s specific torso length and load distribution preferences. One Colorado tester used the large back zipper pocket—designed for avy gear—for a guidebook, snacks, and miscellaneous cragging sundries in Boulder Canyon. A series of straps on the sides carry skis or cinch the pack down when there’s less gear, allowing it to climb better on delicate terrain. “It feels like the pack scales to your needs,” said one tester. “The other benefit of this is that all the weight stays firmly in place, close to your body.” Another tester said, “The fabric seemed delicate at first.” But after bushwhacking through manzanita in Yosemite, the Cordura ripstop nylon shell held its own and “the pack still looks brand new.”
A multipurpose pack that’s easy to carry whether it’s fully loaded with snow and ice gear, or slimmed down for a fast and light mission. Also available in a 55-liter version.
$199; 44 oz.; bergans.com
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