Review: DMM Vector Backpack

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DMM Vector Rock Climbing Crag Pack Backpack

“Never have I seen such a perfect pack for trad climbers!” one tester exclaimed about the new Vector hauler after dragging it from the High Peaks Wilderness of New York to various European crags. “The Racksack is a standout inclusion for me,” he said of the removable pouch that takes all your pro (up to a double rack) and puts it into its own compartment that then easily slides into this lidless toploader and keeps everything out of the dirt. “No cams poked me in the back, and my rack was pre-sorted, saving time and stress.” Although this is a more traditional top-loading pack (no side access zippers), a reinforced, flat bottom and internal stiffeners in the body and at the mouth mean the Vector not only stands up completely on its own, but the access point at the top stays open, making it a total breeze to pack and unpack. An extra-cushy backpanel, wide waistbelt, and contoured shoulder straps made it extremely comfortable to carry, even when loaded down with two half ropes, full double rack, helmet, food, layers, and water.

Conclusion

Easy to pack, unpack, and carry, with a few extra features that are ideal for trad climbers: included separate Racksack, zippered guidebook pocket on the side, and a 45-liter capacity to haul everything a gear-plugger needs.

$130; dmmclimbing.com

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