Gregory Alpinisto 50
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (A retail store)
The Gregory Alpinista is touted as a climbing/scrambling pack and it does its job well. It has a cutout in the lid to accommodate a helmeted head looking up, a crampon pouch built onto the front, ski/snowshoe slots, secure yet easy access to your ice axe, and a nifty full-length side zipper that allows one to gain access to the pack's interior by swinging it onto the hip. A great pack, lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable.
- Ice axe system
- Reflective materials built into the pack
- Side zipper
- Zipper on side is not waterproof.
I am 5'8", 155 pounds and purchased the medium size. It fits like a glove and is very comfortable.
I first used it on a snow scramble up Bare Mountain in the Cascades and was impressed with how functional and comfortable it was. A huge lid pocket meant I cold keep not only snacks but quite a bit of gear at ready access. The side zip meant I did not have to drop the pack to get something out.
A well-designed helmet cutout allowed me to look up at the slope I was climbing without my helmet being knocked over my eyes. The gold color and reflective material meant my partner was able to follow me through the forest in the dark without difficulty. Well placed compression straps mean you can easily secure varying sized loads. I have also used them to secure my snowshoes.
My only concern is the zipper: it is not waterproof; it seems to be stressed easily; and the top of the zipper is where your hydration hose comes out, making a spot available for water to go in.
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The Alpinisto 50 replaced the Gregory Alpinisto.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Gregory Alpinisto 50 is a technical, alpine climbing machine that goes from a sturdy load hauler to lightweight summit bag with the swift removal of components. The 50L size is perfect for an overnighter or when you need to bring a little extra gear.
The Gregory Alpinisto is built for professional mountaineers and serious alpine athletes Updated so you can haul a larger alpine load in comfort or strip it down to a 2 lb. summit pack.
A customizable climber's friend, the Gregory Alpinisto 50 pack is an ultralight peak bagger that features removable hipbelt padding, bivy pad, framesheet and stay to shave off up to 35% of the weight. Updated suspension comfortably handles a load of up to 35 lbs. Lightweight, contoured harness uses dual-density foam padding for a plush, comfortable fit. Stowable crampon pocket on the pack's front is made of thermoplastic polyurethane to guard against sharp crampon points. Ice-tool attachment points are compatible with most tools. Expandable collar adds volume for big loads. Reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port accommodate on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Removable foam bivy pad provides a lightweight, minimalist sleeping surface. The Gregory Aplinisto 50 pack body is constructed from 640-denier and 210-denier high-tenacity ripstop nylon for performance and durability.
The Gregory Alpinisto 50 Backpack was built for professional mountaineers and serious athletes that have tested and refined its design on the far reaches of the earth. Comfortable, durable, and versatile, this pack carries what you need for a two- or three-day expedition and can be stripped down for use on summit day.