Cold Cold World
Great no frills 1-2 day alpine pack. So I love to try out small business gear and off brand stuff. I decided after hearing about CCW online from a few East Coasters to call up Randy at CCW. Super friendly and very easy to do business with. I wanted a Chernobyl based on cubic inches of my last pack. After a few days the pack showed up well packed. My first impression of the pull up style adjustment for the shoulder pads was a bit odd and took some getting used to. After two years I really like the… Full review
Bottom line: simple, tough large daypack with a lot of positives. love the bright red! I bought this backpack to fill a particular need - winter summit bag. i wanted a large frameless daypack, simple construction that can withstand heavy abuse, not too heavy, capable of taking what i need to the top and back. it has turned out to be a really nice large daypack for regular use. It weighs a little over two pounds and holds about 2300 cubic inches. the pack is comfortable. the back pad is a piece of… Full review
Though I have newer pack(s), the CCW Valdez is my baby. In my six years of fortunate ownership it has stood up like iron. I've used it for six summers leading trail crews in the White Mountains (the 80 pounds mentioned above was two boxes of galvanized 8-inch steel spikes), six winters climbing ice, and assorted rock climbing trips thither and yon. It has even carried books. It is clean and sleek with reliable ice-axe loops and compression straps; nothing frivolous on this pack. I'd recommend it… Full review
Cold Cold World backpacks are specifically designed for alpine environments.