website and look up the Exodus, you will no longer find that option, but back in 2010, Ron at MLD offered a 'Super' version of the packs he makes.
If you're familiar with MLD packs you'll probably notice a few things that are different with the Super. The main thing is that the Dyneema X fabric is used for the whole of the pack, and that includes the main outside pocket, the side pockets and the extension collar, which are normally made of mesh-fabric. Using the Dyneema X for the whole pack makes it considerably stronger and more abrasion resistant. It also gives the pack a very 'clean' look. I like it. Also different is a double layer of fabric on the bottom of the pack, larger ice-axe loops and the larger hipbelt wings. These things make it more suitable for use in an alpine environment, and that's exactly what I use it for a lot.
To be able to use pack also on the walk-in to a hut or bivy-site, it would have to be capable of carrying a decent load in reasonable comfort. But, the Exodus is a frameless pack, and those usually aren't known for that. So I modified the pack a bit. I used a lightweight frame from a pack I didn't use anymore, taped that to a piece of CCF and fixed it on the inside of the pack. An option on the pack is a removable hydration pouch, and for that 2 loops are sewn in to the pack. These turned out to be perfect to hold my MYOG-frame in place, it really helps in transferring weight to the hips. Loads of 15 kilo (33 lbs) are very manageable, in relative comfort. Those 15 kilo loads seem a lot if you're used to lightweight backpacking, but if you're out doing some mountaineering, the weight quickly adds up!
To sum up: the MLD Super Exodus is light, strong and versatile. It's still almost as new, almost 2 years after I got it (and it's not been lying in a closet all that time). I hope to use it for a long time to come.
With innovation always going forward, MLD now offer the Exodus in a full suspension version, which should improve load-carrying ability, without the need for a MYOG frame.
Some pictures of the pack in use:
|Snowshoeing in Spain's Sierra Nevada, towards the Cebollar refuge|
|Moving down a gully with the Super Exodus on my back|