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Tested: Blue Ice Warthog 26L

Tested: Blue Ice Warthog 26L

Ross Worthington tries out a tough, no-nonsence backpack ideal for climbing and scrambling The folks at Blue Ice, based in Chamonix, have been honing the art of making mountain packs since 2008, and the Warthog is bang on the money. From the outset the quality and durability of this pack are obvious. It’s light, weighing in at 720g, but is tough thanks to its Cordura fabric – 500 denier all over and the base being reinforced 1000 denier. A tough PU-coated ripstop nylon top skirt around the drawcord closure looks like it’ll take some abuse, and its 26L capacity easily swallows … Read more »

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Tested: Crux AK37

Tested: Crux AK37

Jon Gupta tries out a minimalist backpack ideally suited to climbing, scrambling and mountaineering… After seven years I finally hung up my old pack for retirement and felt a huge sense of gratitude and an empty feeling in my stomach – nothing could ever replace it. Until the Crux AK37 turned up, that is. Tough, rugged and well made, this sac looked simply bombproof. The little brother to the AK57 and AK70 family of Crux sacs, it had a lot to prove out in the hills. The fabric is an incredibly tough blend of Kevlar and Cordura, making this ideal for … Read more »

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