Mammut has created this very technically orientated pack primarily for climbing. The pack pockets on the front of this 41-50 litre rucksack are highly durable to prevent abrasion from sharp ice axe picks. Compression straps on the sides and lid help control excess space and give stability. The back system is also designed more for climbing so the waistbelt can be removed, while shoulder straps are not bulky or overpadded. The lid has two external pockets stacked one on top of the other, and both come with zips designed to keep out the elements. Other than that there’s not a lot to it, which is exactly what you would expect from this sort of pack – no clutter or fuss, just fully functional. The pack is about the size the manufacturer states too. But this is another pack more suited for pursuing adventures in the high mountains rather than purely walking. Yet considering it is a winter pack with ice axe pockets, it would have been useful to have both a better snow skirt and an expandable or removable lid.
Manufacturer’s capacity: 45 litres
Trail tested capacity: 47 litres
Fabric: 420D Velocity and 1680D Ballistic nylon
Features: adjustable shoulder straps and removable hipbelt, side and lid compression straps, bladder-compatible, walking pole attachment, ice axe pockets
Made in Philippines
UK stockists: Cotswold Outdoor
Verdict: Buy it if you want a technical mountaineering pack for day trips in the high mountains.