|Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45|
I took the pack with me to the Parc National des Ecrins in France, where I climbed the Aiguille Dibona via a relatively simple route called the Voie de Nain (AD-, 150m). I used it to carry my gear to the refuge, and then the next day when climbing the Dibona.
|I also used the pack on Mont Gioberney|
Being a minimal alpine climbing pack (the 'FL' in the name stands for Fast & Light), it's not the best load carrier, but for a load of around 13 kilo's from the trailhead to the refuge it was ok. The name implies its a 45 liter pack, but that's when you 've got the collar fully extended. Basic capacity is 32 liter, which was enough for the carry to the refuge, with the rope, helmet and iceaxe on the outside. It's very easy to attach these items to the pack.
Actual climbing with the pack is a dream. At 32 liters it's not too large to use when climbing and it's not too small to leave anything at the refuge. The exteriour of the pack is very clean and very tough, using the proprietary AC2 material.
Some more images of the pack:
|front of the pack. note the bungee cord and single external pocket|
|pack with 2 ice axes attached|
|minimalist suspension system (though not uncomfortable)|
|internal waterproof roll-top closure|
|the roll-top closure doubles as an extension collar|
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Disclaimer: the pack I tested is a sample on loan to me for the purpose of a test and possible product-placement in Hoogtelijn Magazine, which I am an editor for.