/ A worthy replacement for a Pod rucksack?

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silhouette 19 Nov 2019

My Pod rucksack has gone everywhere with me for ten years but is now expiring.  I use it for walks in,  loaded with climbing gear but never for camping trips.  Is anything remotely as good these days?  Beauty of it is there's nothing superfluous;  the waist belt and straps have just enough padding, the back length has just enough adjustment.  There's no fancy bottom compartment.  The  fabric is tough as are the clasps.  The nearest I could come up with was Osprey Rook 65.  Any opinions?

AlanLittle 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Bombproof, old school & basic, then Crux or Aiguille probably.

Harry Ellis 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Have a look at Atom Packs. Made in Keswick to order. they are really great packs and the VX21 material is super hard-wearing. Nice and simple but with useful features.

 https://atompacks.com

Mark Haward 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Another vote for Crux, I find the ability to strip it down very useful on occasions.

Hat Dude 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Another vote for Aiguille Alpine, I've had one for nearly 10 years and it looks like it'll last another 10

Martin Bennett 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

I could sell you my Crux AK47x which is along the same lines as POD products i.e. simple and tough as old boots. It's  previous model therefore even tougher and has seen some use but is not appreciably worn in any respect. Let me know if it might be of interest will you? mart10ben@gmail.com

Thanks

Martin

Myfyr Tomos 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Another shout for Aiguille Alpine. Bombproof, simple and light. Have also got a smallish Blue Ice Warthog - the older model, super little sack.

leon 1 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:And yet another shout for Aguille. Like Pods original sacs but even better. Their classic range (hard to find on the website unless you know about it) probably has what you're after. They're happy to customise to almost any spec. and nice people to deal with

https://www.aiguillealpine.co.uk/products/uncategorized/classic-range/

silhouette 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

To everyone so far;  a lot of useful info in there (I expect no less from UKC) and I'll look at it in detail.

TobyA 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Was yours one of these ones? https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/rucksacks/medium/podsacs_alpine_40-2843 If so I'm currently reviewing a Montane Fast Alpine wihch is rather similar in many ways, I like it - nice simple basic but works sort of sack.

markk 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

I had exactly the same problem after my trusty Pod Black Ice gave up the ghost earlier in the year.

After much hunting around I've just opted for one of these:

https://rockrun.com/products/mountain-hardwear-alpine-light-50 

Looked at Aiguille because they're very Pod-like, but they're not light & thought it was time for something a little less old school.  Also looked at Crux 3G AK47, but again it's 3kg heavier than the Mountain Hardware sack.

seankenny 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Replaced my 20 year+ Pod with a Black Diamond Creek. Basic and clearly bombproof, recommended.

Damo 19 Nov 2019
In reply to markk:

>   Also looked at Crux 3G AK47, but again it's 3kg heavier than the Mountain Hardware sack.

One would hope not.

300g maybe?

Basemetal 19 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Another (less) used POD? Or a repair job?

I'm genuinely interested, how has it died?

ben b 20 Nov 2019
In reply to silhouette:

Probably out of price range but the Cactus packs are incredibly strong, well made, and heavier than the lightweight alternatives. 

E.g. this one https://www.cactusoutdoor.co.nz/packs-bags/huntaway.html

Personally I use a Blue Ice Warthog 40 (the old one) which was about a quarter of the price of the Cactus pack from sportpursuit for 40-50l, and have a giant Arcteryx Bora 85 for long expeditions - although it is a bit fiddly and strappy.

b

markk 20 Nov 2019
In reply to Damo:

oops.

spenser 20 Nov 2019
In reply to ben b:

I use a Blue Ice Warthog too, great sack.

ianstevens 20 Nov 2019
In reply to spenser:

Another vote for the blue ice.

mtom91 20 Nov 2019
In reply to spenser:

Another one for Blue Ice! Absolutely bomber and super simple!


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