My old climbing pack finally retired this year… This summer I started looking around for a pack that would be good throughout the year – on ice, rock, or light mountaineering. While there are a lot of good packs out there, (and I tried out many of them) my enthusiastic top choice was the Variant 37 by Osprey.
Weighing in at 3lbs, 8 oz. (for the large) it can comfortably haul loads up to 45 lbs.
Features I especially like about this pack:
- The EVA foam expedition hipbelt and shoulder straps are incredibly comfortable.
- The ErgoPull hipbelt closure adjusts quickly and easily.
- I hauled a 40 lb. load up a steep approach and was impressed how comfortable the pack was.
- If I ever want to go ultralight, the pack easily strips down to just 2 lbs…