One to add to the wish list for next year’s ice climbing season, the updated Alpinisto from Gregory is your full featured alpine workhorse. Gregory made sure that the pack will quickly adapt to different activities, whether it be ice climbing, ski touring or alpine climbing/mountaineering. A new suspension system offers extra stability when traveling over uneven terrain and heavy load distribution without limiting your movement.
An alpine favorite in the Gregory pack collection for years, the Alpinisto gets some new features along with lighter and more robust materials for the Winter 2017/2018 season. That puts the latest model in at ten per cent lighter than previous versions.
The new Fusion Flex suspension system features an aluminum tubular frame and perforated frame sheet that not only provide good load support, but also great torsional flexibility. The pack’s thermoformed padding snugs up to your back and helps to ensure reliable load distribution.
This go around, Gregory designed the hipbelt so that it stays completely out of the way of your harness and even has its own gear loops and ice clipper slots. And everything is made from water- and snow-shedding fabrics to prevent snow from adhering to any part of the pack. For routes and trips where every gram counts, the Alpinisto can also be stripped down to use as a softpack — simply remove the aluminum frame, frame sheet, lid pocket and hipbelt to shed weight from the 1.56 kg (50L) pack.
Extra-long straps are on hand to accommodate wider skis or a splitboard on the sides of the Alpinisto. On the front of the pack, a large, compressible and abrasion-resistant pocket provides plenty of room for safely storing your crampons without the need for an extra crampon bag.
You have two different ways to store ice tools — both your technical tools for ice climbing and mountaineering or ski touring style axes. And the all-around side zip means you can get quick and easy access to all your gear at the base of a climb without having to pull everything out of your pack from top down.
The Gregory Alpinisto comes in two sizes — 35L and 50L — and two colors (bright green or bright orange). And like all Gregory climbing packs, both Alpinistos come in three different back lengths (small, medium and large), to guarantee the best fit. The packs will retail for $199-$219 and start shipping in September.