‘Haglöfs’ minimalist albino statement pack is actually a lot more practical and functional than it looks, though still an uncompromisingly specialist bit of kit aimed squarely at ‘fast and light’ climbing machines’
Outdoors Magic: Properly light, surprisingly comfortable and stable with medium loads, tough fabrics, rope-strap, no harness conflicts.
Outdoors Tragic: Just one, tiny, secure pocket, hydration system compatibility an afterthought, it’s very white.
Outdoors Grabbit? Put the terrifying whiteness to one side and the Roc Helios 25 is an interesting and surprisingly practical bit of minimalist climbing design. It’s light and tough, works great with a harness and even has a rope-carrying strap up top. Back panel opening means you can get easy access without completely removing – and dropping – the pack and creative use of shock cording ups the carrying capacity. On the down side, it has just one tiny zipped pocket, no guide loops exit for a hydration tube even though there’s a sleeve and demands careful kit choice from the user. It’s singleminded and extreme if you’re wired the same way. Did we mention it’s very white?
Minimalist mountaineering and rock climbing pack / VX 07 Dimension Polyant X-Pac and HT Cordura (210D) fabrics / Interact suspension system / zipped rear panel access / shock-corded accessory carrying system / ice-axe loops / side-pocket with key-holder / hydration reservoir sleeve / rope carrying loop up top / sternum strap with integral whistle.
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