Take your outdoor essentials with you using this lightweight climbing backpack from High Peak. Made for hiking, it can accommodate a hydration system, giving you easy access to drinking water. It fits any torso size with its adjustable harness system....more
The Alpinismo 45 is the ultimate small pack for climbing or trekking. Weighing in at only 3 pounds, this pack is designed to fit torso sizes from small to extra large, and is an awesome minimalist pack for even younger climbers and hikers who want top-quality gear.
Materials: Nylon, fabric, metal, plastic
1 toplid pocket
2 side compression straps
Ice axe holder
Hydration system ready
Eva foam straps
Vario harness system
Pre-formed aluminum suspension bar
3D molded foam backing
Adjustable shoulder straps
Dimensions: 25 inches long x 16 inches wide x 10 inches deep
With my focus this year shifting from mostly cycling to covering more outdoor activities, High Peak’s offer to let me try out their Alpinismo 45 backpack couldn’t have come at a better time. My current pack is sized just a bit too small for day-long adventures, and after seven years, was starting to show its age, so I jumped at the chance to test out something more modern.
High Peak offers a fairly comprehensive line of camping gear, with backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, all offering thoughtful design, high quality construction, and very reasonable prices. The Alpinismo 45 weighs only 3lbs, but has a generous capacity, listed as both 45 liters and 3,000 cubic inches. (According to my calculator, there’s about a 250 cubic inch difference between the two measurements, but it carried all my gear) It’s constructed of nylon that should wear well while at least being somewhat water-resistant, but not waterproof.
In the past, I found most packs were too narrow across the shoulders, leaving me feeling restricted. But not only were the Alpinismo 45′s straps a good distance apart, the Vario System makes sizing a breeze. With a simple adjustment, this pack could go from large to small, meaning it will fit myself, my wife, or even one of the kids. Not only does that mean not having to compromise when choosing a pack that might be worn by two people of different sizes/body shapes, but if you’re buying one for your kids, it gives them plenty of room to grow. The nicely padded and contoured shoulder straps also have a whistle built into the orange buckle of the height-adjustable chest strap – a thoughtful detail. A bit lower, the hip belt is also constructed for maximum comfort, with a combination of mesh and foam on the interior surfaces.Storage can be broken down into the main compartment, a generous bottom compartment, and a smaller top lid pocket. Cord locks make closing the larger compartment a cinch. Highly visible orange zippers are used on the separating panels, allowing you to combine the compartments in order to accommodate larger items. While the top pocket is designed for items frequently accessed, I found that the lower one works best when hiking with children. Snacks, sunblock, and things like cameras are easy for them to get to without removing the pack or bending down. Mesh pockets on either side also offer added capacity with quick access. And no need to carry a water bottle in them, as there’s room for a hydration pack, as well as a handy port on the right shoulder.
Loaded up with water, a light lunch, various electronic devices, sunblock and bug repellent, and extra layers in case it got cooler, I found the pack comfortable and well-balanced when correctly loaded. The lack of shifting, chafing, or digging of straps was appreciated, and the raised panels on the back kept things reasonably cool. There is no doubt in my mind that when I swap out the “family” gear for camping gear, it will perform equally well.
If it’s time for a new backpack, or you need to update your current gear, the Alpinismo 45 is worth a look. And if the capacity isn’t enough, or you need to complete your camping ensemble, the High Peak website has more than a dozen other backpacks, along with plenty of tents and sleeping bags.
How accurate was the sizing? Very accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
Can the bottom straps hold a sleeping bag? If not, where can I strap on a sleeping bag?jmaa89 on Jul 22, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi jmaa89, after reviewing with our support staff, we found that the bottom straps are for an ax holder and you can put a compact sleeping bag on the bottom compartment of the backpack. I hope this helps, thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 22, 2014
Hi aclair100, we found a detailed review that we would like to share with you. Storage can be broken down into the main compartment, a generous bottom compartment, and a smaller top lid pocket. Cord locks make closing the larger compartment a cinch. Highly visible orange zippers are used on the separating panels, allowing you to combine the compartments in order to accommodate larger items. We hope this helps. For more information please refer to the rest of the review for a great detailed first hand account.overstockcustomercare1 on Jun 3, 2014
Hello shoppinn4fun! This backpack has a capacity of 2,990 cubic inches. I hope this helps. Thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 28, 2013
What is the "preformed aluminum suspension bar"? Where is in the backpack and what is its function?mazngracey1 on Apr 2, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello mazngracey1, the suspension bar will provide stability support when the pack gets loaded, it is the back side of the pack. Thanks so much for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 5, 2013
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