Ledge 30 mountaineering backpack
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Ledge is a traditional mountain rucksack for hiking and scrambling. Drawcord closure, protected from the elements by an extendable top lid with compression straps, gives a wide opening to the spacious main compartment and the potential for overstuffing. The lid itself has a 4-litre capacity, with zipped pockets on the inside and outside to help you to organise your gear. External retainers and stowable loops for your ice axes or trekking poles give you some extra capacity. A DWR coating gives you some protection from those unexpected showers.
However, Ledge puts a twist on the classic mountaineering backpack with added features to create a functional rucksack that simply works. Drinks bottle pockets on the side and hip fins to get your gear without putting your backpack down on the ground (ideal for on-the-go snacks and belay stances), plus external webbing ladders give you some extra quick-access capacity. Buckled compression straps hold your rope in place or let you cinch in your bag when it’s not full. On the inside, a hydration sleeve, hanging clip and tube port help you to stay hydrated on the move.
Ledge offers comfort and stability in a slim and unobtrusive package that makes it ideal for mountaineering. An internal stiffener in the back support gives plenty of structure for load-bearing, and 3D foam with venting channels creates airflow and feels comfortable on your back. Load lifting adjusters on the shoulder straps bring the top of the bag in if you have a heavy load and the repositionable sternum strap holds your shoulder straps in place. The hip fins, dubbed ‘hip huggers’ by the product team, contour to your body for a secure and stable fit.
- 30 litre mountaineering backpack for hiking and scrambling
- Slim shape gives you excellent freedom of movement and manoeuvrability
- Closure: Top loading main compartment with single pull drawstring and compression strap; extendable top lid keeps out the elements and lets you overstuff
- Back system: 3D foam with venting channels for air flow, internal stiffener for load bearing
- Harness: padded mesh shoulder straps with load lifting strap adjustors for heavy kit; mesh padded hip belt with body-hugging hip fins; sternum strap can be repositioned for the best fit
- Zipped pockets on the top and bottom of the lid are ideal for valuables
- Hip fin pockets and stretchy side pockets are ideal for gear you’ll need on the go; hydration sleeve, hanging loop, and port help you stay hydrated
- Daisy chain webbing and external stowable rear pole/ice axe loops and retainers give you extra capacity
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Main fabric: 210D Nylon mini ripstop with PU coating (1500 mm)
Base Reinforcement: 420D Nylon
Capacity: 30 L (including 4 L lid)
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions (HWD - fully packed): 63 x 25 x 22 cm
Hydration sleeve fits 3 L bladder
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Me like it
I really like this backpack, it is lightweight, comfortable and has everything you need. I even managed to hook up my Airlock dual 13l bag to get a little extra capacity. I only wish there was at least one side pocket a little bigger to fit the cellphone. All in all a great backpack at a great price.
I'd been looking for a day sack for a while, and when this pack was reduced in the recent sale I bit the bullet and got one. For around £50 this was an absolute bargain when compared to the similar sized packs from Osprey, Lowe
Alpine etc I'd previously been considering.
The pack is extremely comfy, and sits nice and close to the body, with loads of adjustability. The back system is comfy, but it doesn't do much for me in the way of ventilation; that said, I've never managed to find a pack that
provides much ventilation, so this doesn't bother me in the slightest, and it's certainly no warmer than any other pack I've used.
Construction seems to be really good, and there's a lot of options for compressing the pack to stop things moving about if it's not full.
My only minor criticism would be that the stretch side pockets and hip belt pockets aren't that stretchy (compared to my Osprey pack), but that's me being very picky, and there's still enough room and stretch in them to be useful.
Overall, I'm more than chuffed with the bag, and glad I didn't spend twice as much on a high street brand.
First day using this was an 11 hour day I. The Skye Cullin hills in what can only be described as uncharacteristic weather for Skye. We had views and no rain.
The pack is the most comfortable pack I've ever worn when loaded up, packed with climbing and walking kit it held its weight perfectly between the shoulders and hips, no nipping no pulling and was easy to adjust in the first place. When removing gear as needed, the compression straps brought the pack on nicely and there are no extra annoying dangly bits to get on the nerves. Very impressed with the pack.
My only niggle was on day 2 where we got a day of rain, no issue I thought, pack everything as I would in my previous bag. I am well aware that it makes no claim to be waterproof only stating it has a DWR coating, however compared to my previous pack, I was a little disappointed with how quickly things inside began to feel damp, I would have hoped for a little more weather resistance than I got but it's a minor quibble, dry bags from alpkit fit perfectly as they did my previous pack.
All in all I am exceptionally happy with the bag, a major plus for it is the price, feels twice the bag of its competitors at this price and indeed rivals packs twice its price plus (Osprey, you know we mean you). Having used BD, F10, Osprey and various others I can quite honestly say when I open the kit room this will be the first pack to hand.
Side note, on the week away one of my companions had the 40L Orion on its first day out and we spent much of the day comparing the two. When winter comes... I pay purchase the 40L just for the bigger kit to fit in, the 30L is still my go to pack for summer
Could be great
Took this pack out on a day involving Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and Pike o Blisco, and the first thing I noticed, after having stuffed it with everything I needed, and still has space, was how well the pack sat on my back.
However, after a very short walk through stool farm from DG, I noticed that I was already starting to sweat like the proverbial cleric in a house of disrepute, right where the "cooling" vents were placed, and this just got worse as the day went on. Now, it certainly wasn't a warm day and I was hoping more from Alpkit with the cooling vents, so this was disappointing.
The only other minor quibble I had with how little waterproof capability this pack has. Although it does not purport to be waterproof, it is advertised as water resistant, but I would advise using a waterproof cover, even in a shower, if you want what's inside the pack to stay dry.
Overall, I think this is a good pack, but could have been just a bit better.
All the above said, I would also say that Alpkit are great to deal with and I know if I am not fully satisfied I can change it.