Ortovox Peak 29
I snagged this pack with a helluva deal because it…
Design: Top loading
Number of Pockets: 1 Main, 1 Shovel/probe, 1 bottom, 1 hip, 2 top
Height of Owner: 6'
I snagged this pack with a helluva deal because it looked like it had a bunch of the features I was looking for. It is a standard top-loader, but it also has a side access zipper. It has an outer zipper compartment for your shovel with sleeves for your probe and shovel handle. There are tons of buckles on this thing that make it really easy to cinch down, with most of the straps having a little velcro tab that allows you to roll up the end of the strap so it is not flapping in the wind.
There's a hip pocket on one side of the belt, and a gear loop on the other. There are dual ice axe/tool loops on the back with really cool bungie straps at the top that lock the handle of the tool down.
All-in-all, I was really psyched to get this pack, until I put it on. Since it is a smaller capacity pack, it doesn't have much length to it. (FYI- I am just a little over 6' tall, about 145 lbs) I adjusted the shoulder straps so that hip belt was actually sitting on my hips and not above my bellybutton, but then it felt like the pack weight was hanging too far away from my body and was flopping around and shifting too much - just too unstable.
In the end, I think this would be a great pack as long as you are a bit shorter than 6' and have a smaller torso. It has tons of bells and whistles, and looks like it will do the job well. If it would have fit better or at least been able to adjust better, I would have ranked it higher.
I think I am going to send this back or sell it and grab the Ortovox Peak 42. It is a larger capacity and looks to be a little longer, but still is as fully featured as the Peak 29.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Ortovox developed the Peak 29 Pack's suspension with physicians from the Munich Back Center to make it incredibly comfortable to carry and gave it 1770cu in of space for your ski or snowboard tour. Not only is the O-Flex-Frame incredibly supportive, it also allows you to move easily when you're dropping in. The Peak 29 Pack has a channeled back-panel for increased ventilation, so you don't overheat on approach. This backpack's front pocket provides fast access to your shovel and probe in an emergency, and the bottom pocket is designed to perfectly fit a Ortovox Easy Help Pack first aid kit (sold separately).
- Backcountry Outlet
Whether you're a serious snow addict, have a passion for alpine climbing, or simply like the smell of the mountain air, the Ortovox Peak 29 Pack knows exactly how you feel. This versatile top-loading pack has no problem helping you fulfill your need to climb that peak and leave your mark by ski track or ice axe.
With the Ortovox Peak 29 Backpack, Ortovox thought of it all...they translated the findings of the sports physicians of the Munich Back Center and jointly developed this backpack, in order to minimize load on the back. The specially designed hip belt and the ergonomic, S-shaped shoulder belts assure that the load is transferred optimally to the pelvic bones and that the shoulder musculature is relieved. The "O-FLEX-FRAME" is a 3-D back system that is flexible and can be individually adjusted. Consequently, the backpack perfectly carries to the body without wagging back and forth and offers freedom of movement when descending or climbing. At the same time, it provides optimum ventilation. The main compartment is loaded from the top and is secured with a snow flap with double toggle and compression belt. As is characteristic of Ortovox, the spacious compartment on the front panel provides quick access to the avalanche probe and shovel.