Karrimor Alpinist 45+10 (2012)

The Karrimor Alpinist has been a classic pack since the 1980s, but not all incarnations of the model have been as good as the original. However this 2012 version is superb. At 1404g the Alpinist 45+10 is slightly heavier than some sacks, but it is a more durable design with a nice set of tough features that make it ideal for mountaineering and scrambling while remaining very functional for more general mountain walking. The back system is a padded design that allows good airflow and is very soft on the back. It’s also a very stable carry that sits close to the body, making it ideal for scrambling and mountaineering. The narrow profile is excellent too and it has the essential side compression straps and very durable wand pockets so you can stash trekking poles on the sides easily. There is just one main compartment and no external pockets (other than the lid). The lid has double buckles, unlike past designs of this sack, which have had a single buckle – but the lid retains the ability to be raised – while a baffle prevents water from creeping into the main compartment when it is. The price is great too, but for more money you do get a sack with a little more finesse.

Weight 1404g
Capacity 45-55 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s back lengths one size
Women’s back lengths none
Website www.karrimor.com



The Karrimor Alpinist 45+10 is a classic sack that is well-designed for easier mountaineering, scrambling and mountain walking with a great price tag; but it is relatively heavy.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012