Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $225
I've had this pack for a little over a year now, and it seems to be holding up very well. It's quite comfortable for light alpine loads, even overstuffed for multi-day forays into the Tetons. The padding is adequate and stays on your hips, and it cinches down really tight into your back for climbing--I've done 5.7 rock and AI3 ice while wearing it. The drop-out tool sleeves are very nice but everyone seems to be offering them nowadays. A tough Cordura crampon patch prevents holes (and, once nicked up, confounds neighboring sport climbers on the days you use it for cragging). The removable foam bivy pad has saved my ass on a forced bivy last March, though I often leave it at home as it eats up some interior room if you're bringing along a lot of gear/clothes; it doesn't really offer any additional padding--the single-stay reinforced plastic sheets keeps stuff from poking you in the pack. The only big flaw is that this pack could definitely use at least one daisy chain.
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 50
Height of Owner: 5' 9"
Price Paid: $215
This is a good lightweight mountaineering pack. It weighs less than 4 pounds, but has a comfortable internal frame for loads under 50 pounds. I would not carry more than that with this pack.
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Gregory introduces the Alpinisto backpack this season. At 2900cu in for a size medium, this pack weighs a mere 3lb 14oz. It can be stripped down to travel even lighter for fast-paced summit pushes, extended adventure races, and bare-essentials backcountry weekends. Backcountry-friendly features include a removable bivy pad, ski and crampon carry, dual ice axe tubes, and a hydration sleeve and port. The waistbelt has gear-racking capabilities. The top pocket is contoured to accommodate climbing with your helmet on. In addition to removing the bivy pad, if you're looking to shave even more weight (up to a pound), you can remove the waistbelt, framesheet, and stay.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Gregory Alpinisto Pack (Fall 2008) The Alpinisto by Gregory is a customizable climbing machine - remove the waistbelt padding, bivy pad, framesheet and stay to shave a full pound when you need to go from load carrying to ultralight summit bid mode. Small: Volume: 2700 in3 / 44 liter Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz. / 2.0 kg Medium: Volume: 2900 in3 / 48 liter Weight: 4 lbs. 11 oz. / 2.1 kg Large: Volume: 3100 in3 / 51 liter Weight 4lbs. 14 oz. / 2.2 kg Features: Wraptor Stabilizer System Auto Cant harness system All Terrain harness Removable HDPE framesheet Removable full length 1/2 7001 series stay Top access Bottom, side, and top compression Contoured top pocket for helmet clearance Hydration sleeve and port 630 d and 210 d HT body fabrics Removable hydration sleeve
The Gregory Alpinisto...clean simplicity defines the design of this convertible climbing pack. Running the fill gambit from heavy loads to bare bones alpine pushes, the removable bivy pad, waistbelt, framesheet and stay get the weight low enough to satiate even the most ardent ounce shaver. Outfitted with Gregory's Wraptor Technology for increased stability, the Alpinisto is a customizable climbing machine.The Alpinisto recently won Alpinist magazine's "Mountain Standards Award," a program that recognizes ...specific products that we think have played a major part in the history of climbing and mountaineering as well as those products that have shown great innovation in design and development products fit in well with the 'light and fast/alpine style' mantra."This spring in the Tetons, I hauled skis, boots, ice tools, ropes, everything you need for "you fall, you die " skiing up the mostly dry Garnet Canyon trail two to three times a week. The Gregory Alpinisto answered the call to duty without a problem every time. Like a well equipped soldier, the pack has everything it needs to get the job done. Gear loops, crampon straps, removable pad, ski slots, rope strap, ice axe tubes, floating lid, you name it, the Alpinisto has it, without cranking up the weight as well. The Wraptor Stabilizer system does a great job of carrying and holding heavier loads, and sucks them into your back with comfort and ease. It's like a custom fit every time. This is the type of pack that forces you to get out and "go big" just so you can use it. -Steve Romeo, Alpinist reviewer
This top-loading alpine pack is intended for multisport functionality; days with a crampon approach into 10 pitches of granite or steep skinning in and waist-deep faceshots out. Ideal for mountain day trips and overnights. Remove the waist-belt padding, bivy pad, frame sheet, and stay to shave off a full pound when you need to go from load carrying to ultralight summit bid mode. Contoured for helmet clearance, a zippered top pocket features key clip and a water-resistant zipper. Patent-pending Wraptor stabilizer is designed to stabilize the back panel and alleviate pack bounce during high-aerobic activity. Auto*Cant Shoulder Harness System shoulder straps automatically adjust to and move with the slope of your shoulders and the width of your neck, eliminating rubbing and hot spots caused by static harnesses. Lightweight, dual-density, precurved All Terrain shoulder harnesses use dual-density foam for a custom fit. 640-denier and 210-denier high-tenacity nylon fabric body construction for performance and durability. Removable hydration sleeve. Bottom, side, and top compression.