Pretty much my go-to pack for all things NOT requiring…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $70
Pretty much my go-to pack for all things NOT requiring the kitchen sink.
- Gear loops on the waistbelt
- Strip-able to shave ounces
- Simple closure
- If it has a hydration tube port I can't find it
- I think it has been discontinued
35 Liters is just enough for me to go most places overnight as long as I am SUPER weight/bulk conscious and don't mind a few items strapped to the outside of the pack. The Ascensionist is a fantastic day-pack when you need everything and a decent over-nighter when you don't need much.
It's Patagonia, so the top-notch quality, workmanship, and features are to be expected in a pack such as this, so I won't dwell on the material or workmanship except to say that it's Patagonia, you paid for it, you got it.
Fit: I am 5' 10" and this pack fit me perfectly. My 11-year-old daughter, not as much.
Comfort: I found that the 25 pounds I carried in it were manageable. 35 might be pushing it.
Capacity: 35L is a good size to have. Will it replace the 70L pack you bring on big trips, the 100L pack you bring when the kids come, or the little pod you carry on long walks? No, but for day climbs or overnight smash and grab climbs it is perfect.
Organization: Meh, There is a top pouch on the lid for wallet, keys and a snack. This is not the pack where each powerbar has its own pocket. It's just a big tube sock really. I prefer it like this. I HATE losing something because I don't remember which of the gazillion pockets I put it in.
Compression: Easily convert this pack to a streamlined, frameless, beltless summit pack. I don't usually do this but it is possible.
Features: Strap your skis on the outside, quickly access your coat, strap down your ice axes and helmet outside. This pack does a lot. Gear loops on the belt are handy when you wear your super light alpine climbing harness. The single point closure and cinch-closed top pouch is fast and secure. Getting at that spare jacket was so much faster than using buckles like in a more conventional pack.
Who needs this pack:
If your only other options are a GIANT multi-day kitchen sink hauler and a school kid sized pack this will bridge the gap and allow you to reduce weight and increase your capabilities. You probably need a 35 liter pack if you day hike long distances to climbs or can live frugally on overnight trips and this one is pretty good.