Why We Chose The Blue Ice Warthog 45: Modular design, climbing focus, bomber build.
This Chamonix-based brand has gone from strength-to-strength over their 10 years of operation. For minimalist, tough and streamlined packs that only carry the essentials, these are the people to go to.
Their backpacks have not only been influenced by the steep terrain that flanks Chamonix but also the unique and highly experienced humans who populate the Chamonix valley. Many local mountain guides and athletes have been called upon by Blue Ice for their knowledge and experience in what makes the perfect mountain pack.
“Influenced by the steep terrain that flanks Chamonix”
This serious R&D has already led to the Warthog 30 & 40L family of packs, an extremely thoroughbred range intended for carrying only the essentials, with no room for thrills or needless clutter. These have a refined yet versatile style that’s been built to stand consecutive days fighting and scraping your way up some of the most abusive rock in the world – Chamonix Granite.
So, what about the all-new Warthog 45? Well, we’ve got the obvious streamlined design that we’ve come to expect from Blue Ice, but with some useful features that can be added and removed as you see fit.
There’s a semi-rigid back, an easy-adjust sliding sternum strap, two ice axe holders, side compression straps and a helmet holder, most of which can be left at home if necessary to bring the weight down from 994g, to 711g.