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The Crag Attack backpack from Lowe Alpine is a versatile climbing pack that offers superb value for money. Its small and light enough for a crag sack and yet capable of multi-day Alpine climbing and it benefits from a simple, robust construction that optimizes ease of use and durability. The back of the Crag Attack backpack features breathable mesh to keep you cool and comfortable and the body-shaped harness ensures a brilliant fit. A web hipbelt helps to promote further breathability and Lowe Alpine have included twin daisy-chains, a front bungee cord, twin ice axe/trekking pole loops, wand pockets and a hydration pocket. Volume: 30 litres Weight: 1kg

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  Reviewed by Matt Reynolds (B'ham) on 2010-02-24:
General comments: Had this sack for about 3 years now and I can say it's done me proud. I've stripped off all the stuff I considered unnessessary like the daisy chains, haul loops and ice axe loops. I brought it because I wanted a summer mountian sack for multipitch climbing. Being only 3 litres means I have to be careful what I take, but this only serves to make my sack light at the end of the day. I've climbed with it on numberous times and found it pretty unobtrusive when climbing. The back system itself is very simple and does mean you accept a sweaty back. The construction again is very good. Mine had be dropped, throwed, dragged, hauled and sat on and is still in good condition, I expect it to last me another 10 years before I'll have to replace it.

Pros: Pros: Simple design Well made with strong materials useful features (such as elastic) Doesn't get in way when climbing

Cons: Cons: No made of waterproof material back system can be a little uncomfortable if not packed out well sweaty back

  Reviewed by Paul Hastings (Aberdeen) on 2010-09-30:
General comments: I got this sack in spring 2009 as a daysack that would comfortably continue to do the job when I graduated into cragging and climbing. As it happens, Iíve yet to step foot on anything jaggy or approaching vertical but nonetheless very impressed with the sack. As stated in the other review the back system isnít the most technically impressive (or stiff for that matter) but it performs admirably as long as you pack the sack well. It tends to wilt a little when itís not fully packed. The back panel does nothing to keep an airflow around your back so the chances are youíll sweat a bit but it does keep things nice and simple and strong. Although Iíve yet to use it for climbing, it impresses on long daywalks. The straps are comfy and it seems pretty robust, thanks to the fairly simple construction Ė a single compartment with a hydration pouch sleeve. The hip belt isnít padded like some slightly larger daysacks but it pulls the sack into the body well, and is soft and comfy. The compression straps do a good job of pulling the sack in if itís not packed out and also keeps a good grip on poles when theyíre stashed on the side. The sack also features loops for poles or axes on the front panel and a bungee for assorted bits and bobs. It also has haul loops for climbing use. If I had one complaint other than the lack of stiffness in the back itís that the side pockets can be a bit fiddly to get stuff in and out of, particularly if the sack is relatively full. Perhaps theyíd be easier to use if they were a little stretchier. In short Ė a reliable, strong, mostly well designed sack Ė but make sure you pack it carefully to get the most out of the back system.

Pros: Simple, strong and with the right balance in bells and whistles via robustness and reliability.

Cons: Back panel could be stiffer, side pockets can be fiddly

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