‘The Ascensionist toes a careful line between sleek, light but tough minimalism, and having just enough function and versatility to suit lightweight climbers and mountaineers who are prepared to keep loads light’
Outdoors Magic: Light, but tough fabrics, reinforced foam base, versatile ‘lid’ system, choice of axe attachments, strippable foam pad, sleek profile, sideways lid opening.
Outdoors Tragic: No hydration sleeve if that worries you. Minimal support for heavier loads. Can ‘barrel’ if overloaded.
Outdoors Grabbit? The Ascensionist 30 is properly light at just 710g, but Patagonia has tweaked it for 2017 with tougher fabrics and a foam-reinforced base which adds durability and structure. It’s a minimalist but versatile pack with a neat ‘lid’ system that can be tweaked to carry a rope. Waist belt is simple and light and there are both trad ice-axe loops and modern head-hole bar gizmos to suit your tools of choice. Structural daisy chains allow for ad lib additional shock cord storage. Not ideal for kitchen sinkers, but if you move light and don’t mind a little walk-in discomfort – it can barrel if you overpack – it has everything you need in a sleek-profiled, climbing-friendly package. There’s also a more load-friendly 40L version for those who want more support and load capacity.
Lightweight mountaineering pack / nylon/polyester Cordura® ripstop fabric 86% nylon/14% polyester with a polyurethane coating / asymmetrical spindrift collar with single-cord lid closure / fabric back with removable dense foam pad / single internal and external zipped pockets / fours stitched daisy chain rows / minimal waist belt / hydration tube outlet / asymmetric profile for elbow clearance / foam reinforced base
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