Although not a ton of new hardware for Fall 2014 was unveiled at Outdoor Retailer, some great looking ice climbing and alpine packs were on display. From multi-pitch bullet packs to large, organizational powerhouses, get ready for backpack envy next season.
Gregory Verte 25 and 15
The new Gregory Verte line includes all the features you want in a summit or multi-pitch pack. Both the Gregory Verte 25 and 15 have removable foam framesheets and waistbelts, and can also stuff into themselves for no bulk storage in your larger climbing pack.
The Verte has dual ice axe loops, a daisy chain, as well as hydration port and sleeve. A custom aluminum hook closure provides single motion quick action access to the main compartment. The Verte 25 and 15 retail for $99 and $59 respectively.
Millet Eiger 30
Designed by engineers in Japan, this four-season climbing pack features a back access zip and innovative reverse access lid so you can throw your pack on the ground face down in order to keep your back from getting snowy, dirty, and wet. The hipbelt includes a quick access ice axe holder to keep it at the ready for the approach or steeper slopes. The hipbelt is removable for lighter loads or harness compatibility, while ice axe holders, crampon pocket, and ski and snowboard straps will make even the most well rounded alpinist happy. MSRP $189.95
The North Face Ice Project 45L
One of the new packs I was most excited about at the show, the Ice Project was designed in conjuction with The North Face athlete Conrad Anker. With a full-zip suitcase style opening, this ice climbing pack features a top crampon pocket and endless internal organization with a jacket/gloves pocket, removable ice screw organizer, a water bottle pocket, draw and biner stash pocket, and even ice screw organization on the hip belt. MSRP $199
For the past couple of weeks, I have been climbing with this pack up in British Columbia and Alberta, and will be writing a detailed review for The GearJunkie in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.