Marmot Eiger 65
As an alpine climbing pack, it performs pretty well.
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $137 USD
As an alpine climbing pack, it performs pretty well. The frame sheet and stays are a bit tall, so looking up with a helmet on can be a bit of an issue. It carries very well with overnight gear and climbing gear. The suspension is light but sufficient. The pack body fabric seems durable, but the mesh pockets on the hip belt didn't last one trip. The pockets are a good idea, but soft mesh fabrics simply cannot stand up to bushwhacking.
The Eiger 65 has a lot of nice little details - even some improvements over what I assume used to be the Dana Bridger. But the ice tool keepers are simply string with a toggle. They wouldn't work at all for any of my tools, so I had to improvise.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Large enough for efficient packers to use on multi-day outings, the Marmot Eiger 65 is a serious multi-purpose pack with a comfortable suspension that supports any load.The 65 L Eiger is also the only Eiger pack with a sleeping bag compartment.Strap on some skis, crampons or just take it on a weekender in the summer, this pack can do it all.If you need multiple packs for each adventure, consider the Eiger.With the Eiger you have 3 packs in one.
This rock-climbing pack from Marmot® can haul all the necessities you need on a multiday high-country adventure. Top-loading design includes three convenient pockets in the removable lid: a zippered top pocket, internal mesh pocket and a pocket under lid. Padded Split-Wrap™ hipbelt helps stabilize the load during rides and aids in transferring weight to the hips as you walk. Stretch adjuster shoulder strap lets you adjust the torso length with a VELCRO® brand closure strap that runs down the frame sheet. Lightweight frame system with HDPE framesheet and two aluminum stays provides an optimal blend of stiffness and torsional flex to support big loads. Compression-molded backpanel and dual-density shoulder straps offer high levels of cushioning and durability. In addition, front-panel access gives you a way to get to gear without unpacking everything. Hydration reservoir pocket lets you haul enough water to keep you hydrated during intense activity and on warm days (reservoir sold separately). Dual ice axe loops with lash straps allow easy access to tools and equipment. Four side-compression straps stabilize pack load and double as a ski carrying system for winter outings. System lets you choose how you want to carry skis. Sleeping bag compartment features a separate zippered entry at bottom so you don't have to dig through pack.
The Eiger 65 Backpack by Marmot is a great pack for mountaineering and weekend backpacking trips. Constructed with a compression molded back panel that gives you air comfort technology without compromising durability and stability. S-curved shoulder straps are designed to contour your shoulders and arms to keep them from pinching and giving you more comfort when carrying heavy loads. Plenty of options to carry your toys to the destination with a ski carrying system that gives you several ways to carry skis and tuck away ice axe straps are available when you need them.
Pre-curved shoulder straps and a split-wrap waist-belt make the Marmot Eiger 65 Backpack incredibly comfortable to carry when you hit the trail for a couple days. The 4000cu inches of cargo space and two front pockets hold all the food, clothes, and camping necessities for a holiday weekend in the backcountry. A removable lid allows you to shave weight from the 5-pound Eiger 65 Backpack for trips where ounces count. Marmot also added a ski carry system for use on extended backcountry ski tours.