‘Fast and light is the Salomon way and the X ALP works best with light to light-medium loads. Central back zip gives amazing access to the main compartment, but displaces the hydration sleeve and makes the back system a little bendy and unsupportive.’
Outdoors Magic: Interesting ideas including central zip in back system, good access to main compartment, light, tough fabric, Extrem Box at base, perimeter alloy frame.
Outdoors Tragic: Hydration compatibility an afterthought, back system requires careful packing, no rope holder.
Outdoors Grabbit? Fast, light and minimal is the classic French alpine ethos and it shows. While similar packs have reinforced back systems to cope with heavier climbing loads, the X ALP’s radical solution uses a soft centre with access zip and a perimeter frame. You get great access to the main body of the pack, but the pay-off is the need to pack carefully and a certain lack of support with heavier loads. We do like the reinforced ‘Extrem Box’ at the base for crampon or wet kit storage though and lid and belt-pockets are welcome. Best if you go light.
Lightweight mountaineering pack / Butterfly frame back system / 100D triple ripstop Nylon with PU coating / compression straps / hydration compatible / internal zipped pocket / Harness Lite shoulder straps / 3D mesh / U-zipped top opening / zipped belt pocket / two ice axe loops / Extrem Box / removable diagonal ski carrier / E-Lock sternum-strap / top external zipped pocket / Ergo Belt
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