Review: Patagonia Crag Daddy 45 Backpack

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Patagonia Crag Daddy 45 Backpack Pack Rock Climbing

“This is my new go-to, the one pack I need for cragging,” said one tester. With 45 liters of space, there’s more than enough room for a day’s worth of gear—and then some, which was perfect for our tester, who is an actual cragging daddy and needed to pack stuff for his kid along with the standard harness, draws, rope, etc. The full-length zipper down the center of the pack is perfect for easy loading and unloading, making pack-up time between pitches faster and more efficient. A sturdy foam backpanel and padded waistbelt and shoulder straps managed heavy loads up to 35 lbs. on steep approaches in Rocky Mountain National Park, and side compression straps made the carry stable even when the pack wasn’t full. Ding: One of these straps runs directly over the external guidebook pocket, squishing anything inside and restricting access. Carry handles on the front made tossing the bag from route to route in Smith Rock a breeze, and an internal stash pocket kept small sundries separate from dirty metal gear. 

Conclusion

With a rope-carry system on top, this bag holds everything inside with some room to spare, and the full-length zipper makes access easy and painless. An easy-to-wear-all-day suspension system is comfortable, even with heavy loads.

$179; patagonia.com

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