Millet Peuterey 50

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I am giving this a spring to autumn, or 3 season review,…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Top loading with side access, extendible.
Size: The 40 seems larger.
Number of Pockets: Enough
Max. Load Carried: 3 season, so far
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: 100 GBP (?)

I am giving this a spring to autumn, or 3 season review, and will return to it when I have used it this winter.

The rucksack I have is the Peutery 40 and because I have lost reviews whenever I tried to add a new item to the categories, I am going to leave it in the pre-existing Peutery 50 section. Besides, the 40 is just the same except for a longer zip which reaches around the crampon pouch, IIRC, and the greater volume obviously.

Firstly, it feels more like 50 litres, not the stated 40, so a generous daysack. This leads to the question of whether or not it is suited to summer use, for the rucksack overall does not carry as well when it is only half full; there is a tendency to pull the shoulders back and down, as if only the bottom of the sack had any weight in it. The shoulder straps are also quite wide and square fitting, as if the wearer was expected to have matching shoulders, that is to say, square and without any trapezii or neck and shoulder muscles. The shoulder and waist straps have tensioners that are useful when the load varies. The chest strap works well and solves a lot of the shoulder fitting issue caused by their square form.
The torso, shoulder and waist range is also quite large. There is a women's version of this rucksack, which may account for the exaggerated fit that distinguishes it.

The back system comprises a soft/hard foam with a removable plastic, pre-shaped (in the usual 'S') hard insert. This can be removed, I presume for either comfort, load-lightening or to enable the sack to be folded and packed in something like a pannier. The back also has an inner bladder compartment (not used) with accompanying holes and elastic straps for drinking tubes.

Loading/unloading and accessing the rucksack is easy enough. The top closure has two stepped, quick release cord-locks, so you can extend the top of the sack and the lid (which floats), should you have to carry extra. The inside lid has a zip pocket and the lid itself has a key clasp inside its pocket. One side of the main compartment has a zip, which will be covered with a velcro flap (the earlier model has no velcro cover). This would only be useful when you are carrying a full and complex load, as it is much quicker to access from the top than go through the side compression strap layout.

The material seems durable and comfortable enough, though it wets out quickly. The material for the lumbar pad is inappropriate, being too abrasive; it almost destroyed a merino wool base layer and causes other knitted tops to pill very quickly.

Accessories such as the hip pocket and the large patch-pocket for crampons, gaiters, wet gear etc, are useful. Other accessories, such as the gear loop on the hip belt and the ski holders, are really for the specialist. Together with the extra straps here and there, the rucksack seems to appear like something out of the nineteen eighties, other manufacturers having simplified and lightened their designs in the last few decades. Sometimes in high winds the straps around the shoulders can give your face a good slap, which is something to watch out for (try threading the top tensioners into the hydration elastics). Extraneous stuff can always be cut off anyway.

Thinking on, the rucksack should really come with a manual of some sort. I have found a use for what might be the top ice axe fasteners: I thread the lid buckles through the elastic fastener loops and this keeps the lid buckles within easy reach for closing.

All in all a good solid rucksack with some sensible design, if not a few too many bells and whistles (if you are not ski-touring or ice-climbing with it). The volume and carry belie a winter, rather than year-round, rucksack. Fit is good and secure, though not perfect but your mileage may vary etc.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Millet Peuterey 50 Backpack holds all your essential gear for summer or winter trips into the alpine. This versatile pack holds two to three days of gear whether you're slogging up a steep snow slope or tagging summits on a speedy traverse. A wide front-access zipper lets you grab your gear without unloading the pack, and a waterproof gusset over the main compartment keeps out snow and rain. A front pocket stores your crampons on the approach, and skis and ice tools easily strap into their respective attachments. The Free Flex back panel allows for flexible movement when you're on difficult terrain. Stick your hydration reservoir in the interior sleeve and head for the summit.


The Millet Peuterey 50 Limited pack is perfectly at home on high-altitude ascents and technical mountaineering in both summer and winter. Ergonomic shoulder straps with sternum strap and heat-molded hipbelt offer comfort for long hours of wear. Ergo lite(TM) heat-molded foam back panel with ventilation channels promotes cooling airflow. Removable, U-shaped aluminum frame provides support and shifts load weight to your hips. Main compartment features wide front zippered access to the pack bottom. Waterproof gusset over the main compartment helps protect contents from moisture. Reinforced pocket is perfect for packing crampons. Camera pocket and key clip keep important items secure and within easy reach. Flapped document pocket is perfect for holding maps. Compression straps streamline the load; gear loop on the hipbelt, ski holders and ice axe holder create lash points for tools. Hydration pouch holds a reservoir (sold separately) for on-the-go drinking. Zippered pocket on the hipbelt carries snacks or other small items at your fingertips.


Millets 50 years of experience in outfitting professional alpinists is exemplified in this tough, performance-oriented pack. Features include:Height-extendable main compartment.Hydration pocket.Reinforced compression straps.Ski, crampon and ice ax holders.Daisy chain gear holder.Stretch inserts on sides of cover flap.Reflective safety piping.Document and camera compartments.Ergonomically designed vertical shell back.Anatomically contoured, padded, adjustable shoulder straps and hip belt.Cushione

- Sierra Trading Post

Millet Peuterey 50


The Peuterey 50 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$60.00 - $209.85

The Millet Peuterey 50 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 28, 2011 at

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