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“For any and all summit missions, however technical or gear-intensive, in any month of the year, this is your pack.”
While it looks like a simple bullet pack, Cassin’s Eghen 22 can handle just about anything. “This thing has more technical features than you should be able to cram into 22 liters. It is sort of mind-boggling,” said one tester. Loaded with gear, it holds 22 liters worth of stuff inside the pack. Then throw in the external rope, helmet, and ice-tool carry options (all three can be used simultaneously), and this pack handles anything the alpine can throw at you. Not to mention the Eghen is burly, built with PU-coated 210-denier HD ripstop nylon and a reinforced Cordura bottom. “It was one of my few pieces of gear that survived Wadi Rum’s cheese-grater sandstone,” said a tester after climbing an 1,100-foot route in Jordan with the Eghen. Everything about this pack is designed with climbers in mind: The bottom of the shoulder straps are attached a quarter of the way up the pack for better weight distribution when climbing; there’s an inner gear organization loop; the top handle is super-strong for hauling; and buckles and cinches are designed to be easily operated with gloves.