/ A worthy replacement for a Pod rucksack?
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?
Bombproof, old school & basic, then Crux or Aiguille probably.
Another vote for Crux, I find the ability to strip it down very useful on occasions.
Another vote for Aiguille Alpine, I've had one for nearly 10 years and it looks like it'll last another 10
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? firstname.lastname@example.org
Another shout for Aiguille Alpine. Bombproof, simple and light. Have also got a smallish Blue Ice Warthog - the older model, super little sack.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Replaced my 20 year+ Pod with a Black Diamond Creek. Basic and clearly bombproof, recommended.
> Also looked at Crux 3G AK47, but again it's 3kg heavier than the Mountain Hardware sack.
One would hope not.
Another (less) used POD? Or a repair job?
I'm genuinely interested, how has it died?
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.
I use a Blue Ice Warthog too, great sack.
Another vote for the blue ice.
Another one for Blue Ice! Absolutely bomber and super simple!
Base Jumper Tom Erik Heimen and trail runner Kilian Jornet "race" up & down the iconic Romsdalshorn (1550m) in Norway.