Exercise caution when you look for an inexpensive mountaineering pack. Remember, a well-built pack is going to last a lot longer than a cheap one, and you want to make sure it won’t fail at a crucial moment.But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good options out there that cost less than $250. To help you choose the perfect pack, here are some tips from Outside Buyer’s Guide winter pack tester Ryan Stuart…
Osprey Variant 52
The Osprey Variant 52, like the Alpinisto, will be too small for weeklong alpine mountaineering trips, but if your main concern is versatility, this is the pack for you.
“It can do a lot of things well, if you’re good at packing it correctly,” says Stuart. “It can be a backpacking pack, a mountaineering pack, or a ski pack in the winter.” The Variant is built from super strong 210-denier Cordura and it will accommodate a large range of users since the hip belt comes in four sizes.