User Review: Figure Four Delta Pack
Price Paid: Demo
The Figure Four Delta pack does just what an alpine pack should... it allows you to completely forget you have a pack on. I have enjoyed the Delta pack for rock, ice and alpine climbing over the last 6 months.
For rock, the pack gobbles up gear and the rope fits handily under the lid. The lid is big enough for the super sized lunches that long days of cragging require.
When you approach on more technical terrain or climb in the mountains on long moderate routes, the Delta simply isn't in the way - mentally or physically. The minimalist waist belt allows easy access to gear, the supple suspension moves through all range of contortions and the lid drops inside as the volume comes down.
On ice, the Delta climbs equally well. The X-Pac Sailcloth construction is bomber when using tools and crampons outside and screws or pins inside.
For lightweight alpine climbing, the Delta is unsurpassed in fit and function. When carefully packed for multi-day alpine ventures, the Delta Pack carries as well as any pack I've shouldered during 35 years in the mountains. It is just right for 2-3 days of ultra-light or long single push epics.
The lumber curve pulls loads in close and tight so that balance and dexterity are retained. Just enough compression makes pickets, poles, probes or shovel handles easy to manage. The huge lid keeps items separated so that steep terrain stops or adjustments in foul weather don't come along with fear of dropping essentials.
All in all, the Delta is a winner for short to medium length technical, lightweight ventures where grams and time are precious commodities and balance and performance are paramount.