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Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha FL45

Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha FL45

An innovative technical pack from Arc’teryx that’s also waterproof – we test out the Alpha FL45… Designing a technical sack for mountaineers must be one of the most challenging and (when they get it right) satisfying jobs for pack designers, and it’s certainly an area where plenty of great ideas and innovations come from. The Arc’teryx Alpha FL30 and FL45 packs are good examples of this, for not only do they come with the usual great build quality and attention to detail we expect from the brand, they are also clearly the result of some ‘out of the box’ thinking when it … Read more »

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Tested: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry

Tested: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry

  The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry is a versatile daysack aimed at hikers, rock climbers, alpinists and skiers. The model is a development of the popular Scrambler 30, and the most obvious upgrade from its previous incarnation is the addition of Outdry waterproofing. This feature alone makes the pack stand out in a crowded market, but before we look at this aspect of the pack let’s take a tour around the pack’s basic features. FEATURES At first glance, the pack displays clean lines and unfussy design, but look closer and you also find plenty of functionality. The pack is equipped to carry … Read more »

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Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Force Ten Alpine Packs

Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Force Ten Alpine Packs

Force Ten’s big story at Outdoor was the release of their first pack range – the sleek, no-nonsense Alpine Packs – which will come in 25L, 35L and 45L versions. Sure to appeal to mountain professionals as well as leisure mountaineers and climbers, the Alpine Pack is a tough yet lightweight design, which can be lightened further by stripping off the waist belt, compression straps and gear loops. Total weights are 0.9kg (for the 25L version), 1kig (35L) and 1.27kg (45L). The main fabric is a tough 500-denier corder nylon, while seams are taped and zips are water-resistant, meaning the Alpine Pack … Read more »

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Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG with AntiGravity back system

Outdoor Show 2014 highlights: Osprey Atmos AG and Aura AG with AntiGravity back system

One of the undoubted stars of the show at Outdoor 2014, Friedrichshafen, Germany, was Osprey’s AntiGravity back-system as featured on their new Atmos AG and Aura AG packs, which also feature what Osprey tout as the ‘world’s first fully ventilated hipbelt’. Both packs have seamless mesh across a 3D cavity on the backpanel, which provides wearers with a breathable and flexible contoured fit. The adjustable BiostretchTM/ExoFormTM harness and Fit-on-the-FlyTM mesh hipbelt give great pack stability and reduce roll. They also feature InsideOutTM compression for heightened load balance. These combine to reduce fatigue and give users supreme comfort, even when carrying heavy … Read more »

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Video: Mountain Hardwear Hueco 35 Backpack

Video: Mountain Hardwear Hueco 35 Backpack

  From the crag to the gym, this rugged pack carries everything you need. Large zip-top access makes loading and unloading quick and easy. A wealth of storage options – from a roomy top pocket that holds most climbing helmets to an interior zippered security pocket – make organization a snap. Includes an integrated hydration sleeve with tube exits that you can route left or right. Features HardWave suspension conforms comfortably to the curve of your back and distributes weight evenly Stowable rope strap deploys when needed, hides away when not Interior sleeve fits hydration, guide book or iPad/Tablet Large zip-top opening for easy access into … Read more »

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