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Blue Ice - Yeti
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Brand: Blue Ice
A new favourite piece of kit for myself, an Alpine style, large capacity pack from Blue Ice.
As you would expect from Blue Ice, the pack is pared-down with an absence of any superfluous features, well except for the under-arm gear loops which I soon took detached. On first appearances the pack when cinched down with the side compression straps appears little larger than a 38L pack, with minimal footprint, however once the straps are opened and you start packing it with gear it just swallows more and more, with the potential for an extra ten litres if you raise the lid and plenty of room on the sides to attach axes, poles, skis and the like to the outside.
Once packed in the bottom, no longer are those essential items buried never to be seen again because the front zip is ideal for opening the pack like a duffle bag meaning everything is really accessible and being waterproof the zip looks like it will hold up well to whatever the weather throws at it - mine got whisked off to Iceland and survived the inevitable barrage of snow, sleet and rain.
For those who fancy something a little smaller there is a 45L option available although curiously the zip doesn't go all the way to the top. Or for those after a small pack with easy access, then there's a 30L without the front zip opening - get in touch if you would like either of those.
What amazes me most is the weight - with all the bells and whistles it's a very light 1500g but if you take off the removable compression straps, lid and waistband it's down to a featherlight 860g which is amazing!
For those after a pack for a multi-day expedition I can't recommend it enough, whilst for shorter affairs you may want to consider the Warthog 38L.
- Pete -