User Review: CiloGear 60L Worksack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $260
Great climbing pack for long climbing trips. Carries very well and its modular design allows it to be used for nearly all aspects of a big trip. Not the best for backpackers who don't climb.
- Stripable/customizable design
- Great no-frills suspension
- If you only backpack (no climbing) then there are other packs that are better
My Cilogear Worksack
I got my own Cilogear Worksack 60L about four months ago and have done my best to test it out in all different situations. I have used it backpacking, ice cragging, rock cragging, on multi-pitch ice, and multi-pitch rock, alpine climbing, and even snowshoeing. I have carried anywhere from 10 to 65 pounds in it and have used it with and without the frame sheet.
In every situation it has performed incredibly well. The only downside is that the pack that I have is 60L. There are times that I wish I had a 40L or 30L. But, the 60L has been able to compress down quite small to carry well with small loads and not feel too big.
Here are some specs:
These weights are from my own scale, but they are almost identical to those found on Cilogear's website. It's always refreshing to me when companies present their products accurately. This pack is a medium torso.
- 4lb 10oz - The whole pack, including an added wand pocket and all of the straps the pack comes with, and a rope catch.
- 4lb 2oz - The pack with no straps or wand pocket. Does have top lid attached.
- 3lb 10oz - The pack with no straps or lid with connecting straps for lid also removed
- 2lb 11oz - Same as previous but with framesheet removed
- 2lb - no framesheet, hipbelt, bivy pad, straps, or lid.
- Pack is made of some of the best materials available while keeping the pack affordable
- Reinforced in high-abrasion areas
- Can transform from expedition load hauler to stripped summit pack
- reflective trim makes the pack very visible in the dark.
- Two reinforced haul loops allow the pack to be hauled if necessary.
- Long, 12" extension sleeve allows for extra large loads or for the pack to be used as a short bivy bag if necessary. The pack from bottom to top of extension sleeve is 36" long.
- Ice clipper slots on hipbelt
- D-loop/Slider system allows for incredible versatility. Straps can be configured however you want to carry pretty much anything. Also, strap-attachment points can be used for compression without straps.
- Crampon pouch and ice tool/ice axe attachments. Tool attachments can easily carry two sets of tools or tools and an axe.
If it's not extremely obvious yet, let me say this in the clearest language I know how: This pack is the best climbing pack I have ever seen! I have used probably 15-20 different packs over the years for climbing, including Black Diamond, Arc'teryx, Wild Things, Osprey, Granite Gear, Dana Design, and others, and I have never used a pack that carries so comfortably with heavy loads that can also strip down so light and simple for climbing and as a summit pack.
There are some packs that are as simple and climb as well, and there are packs that carry loads as well, but there are no other packs that I know of that does everything as well, and for an affordable price. My pack retails for $260. Not bad for what you get.
They do also offer a non-woven dyneema and a woven/non-woven dyneema 60L Worksack, but they are significantly more expensive ($750 and $775, respectively). They are lighter and significantly more durable than mine, but I think mine is durable enough to last at least 3-4 years of heavy use.
I would give this pack 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing I would add are dedicated gear loops on the hipbelt and maybe a couple retaining clips on the shoulder straps for the extra webbing from the load lifters so they don't hit me in the face in high winds. It's not difficult to tuck this under other straps though.
For any climber that wants a well-designed, extremely versatile climbing pack, Cilogear Worksacks are for you! For a backpacker that climbs, worksacks are for you! For a backpacker that doesn't climb, these would work fine, but there are probably better options out there for you.