Why We Chose The Aiguille Alpine Midi: Extremely durable, no-thrills, lightweight.
“People often ask how we compete with the ‘big brands’ and everything coming in from the Far East,” say Aiguille Alpine on their website, “the answer is simple, we can’t and we don’t.” Isn’t that refreshing to hear. Here, we have a brand that isn’t trying to be something it’s not. You won’t catch them throwing around hyperbole and promises of big breakthroughs in innovation. They just make simple gear that works – stuff that you can rely on when the going gets tough. Like this, the Midi 40L. We don’t really have much to say about it to be honest. What you see is what you get, and we kind of like that.
“I’ve been using this pack with its ultra basic back design and harness, and found it really comfy, even with a medium weight load.”
What we will say though is that it’s tough. It’s made from a 1000D texturised nylon after all. To put that into perspective, the Fjallraven Ulvö pack, which we found to be super tough itself, is only 400D.
This also has a lovely big main opening which closes with a drawcord. You can easily open it right up and have access to your kit straight away without having to dig around awkwardly. For any smaller stuff like your powerpack or compass you can just stick them in the little zipped pocket under the lid.