Pod makes packs that are simple, well-designed and bombproof – targeted at the more technical end of the market. With the Alpine 30 they’ve ditched the functional Cordura for more eye-catching lightweight fabrics – best tested alongside the Millet Radikal 32. There’s a floating lid with internal and external pockets, and with the extendable snowlid inside it could be used to seriously extend the volume. The wide opening and light inner lining makes it easy to view and locate gear inside, and once on the pack sits very close to your back. I didn’t honestly notice a great increase in perspiration compared to other ventilated back systems. There are two ice axe loops and haul straps at the front and rear, and a rope carrying loop as well. But the Pod Alpine 30 certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s designed with climbers and technical mountain routes in mind. Functionality is well-thought-through, and there are no extras here that don’t contribute to the intended end use. Hill-walkers may find they are paying for functionality they simply won’t use with this pack, but they’ll still benefit from the excellent comfort and stability.
Capacity 30 litres
Fabric 210D Cordura ripstop nylon body, 420D Ballistic Cordura nylon base
Features extendable drawcord closure; tapered profile allows good freedom of movement and easy packing; extendable /removable lid with internal and external pockets; thermoformed back panel with closed-cell foam that sheds snow and does not absorb water; rope-carrying loop; seams triple-stitched and bound
Made in Far East
The Pod Alpine 30 is a superb rucksack for lightweight alpine ascents and winter climbing in a very functional package. A light, stripped-down and clean design make this a joy to use on the hill.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010