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Oryx minimalist backpack

Oryx ultralight backpack


  • - Oryx ultralight backpack
  • - Oryx ultralight backpack
  • - Oryx ultralight backpack

35 litre light, minimalist, and low-profile pack with roll-down drawcord closure weighing 535 g for fast and light alpine climbing


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Sometimes, all we crave are those fast and light days in the mountains… Less of a week-long slog, more of a big epic day out packed with exactly what you need: nothing more, nothing less. 

Streamlined, tough, weather resistant, and really really light. Oryx is a 35 L minimalist backpack with an off-the-scale capacity for its weight, designed to give you exactly what you need for minimalist alpinism. 

An innovative design makes the Oryx as light as 535 g. To reduce weight, the backpack features stripped-back chest and waist straps and back system, without compromising comfort and support in use. Oryx is available in two back lengths, with removable padding that lets your really shed those last few grams and a low-profile to improve manoeuvrability. Compression straps keep volume low when you’re carrying less, and Oryx rolls up compactly for when you take it on your travels. 

Oryx may be incredibly light, but thoughtful finishing touches add mountain functionality. The external pocket for maps and guidebooks is designed to not eat up the main compartment, and the interior pouch and key hook are ideal for valuables. Axe loops and a top compression strap provide multiple attachment options,  and a no-nonsense roll-down drawcord closure allows for overstuffing to really maximise the space.  

On those hero days you need a pack you can trust: highly tear resistant and waterproof VX07 makes Oryx super hardwearing. Like all our UK-made packs, Oryx is backed up by a 25-year Alpine Bond warranty and custom options are available.  

Key features
  • 35 litre pack for fast and light mountain days
  • Made to last in our UK factory
  • Drawcord roll-down closure is weatherproof and allows for overstuffing
  • Low profile shape for minimalist alpinism
  • Simple design for excellent volume-to-weight ratio
  • Removable back padding for shedding those last few grams
  • Available in two back lengths
  • Large external zipped pocket for maps and guides
  • Interior zipped valuables pocket and key hook
  • External ice axe or walking pole loops
  • Front and back handles can be used for hauling with a carabiner
  • Rolls up compactly for taking on your jollies as a second pack
  • 25 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Fabric: VX07
Zips:  YKK
Buckles: Duraflex
Bar-tacked stress points


Weight: 535 g
Dimensions (HxWxD): 56 x 27 x 16 cm
Max Capacity: 35 litres

Back length

Fitting guidance: To select the correct back length measure from the top of your hip bone to the top of your shoulder. This should place the waist belt over the middle of your hip bone and provide the most comfort for carrying loads. Select a shorter back length if you prefer to wear your rucksack higher up your back, when climbing for example.

Origin: United Kingdom

Product Care Information

Oryx has a C6 DWR coating which helps it to repel water and dirt. After your mountain epic, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to remove dirt.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

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Going against the grain

I gave this pack a bit of a kicking with approaches to sports craggs and the climbing wall. It has also done ski tour (my main reason for buying) and to date I am finding it excellent. It would certainly be great for light and fast alpine. But I think for ice and trad, the weight of kit and bag size are a little on the small side (but I never had plans to use this pack for those) make it not quite the right choice. Days on the hill, ski touring, apline and sports cragging. My plan after using this pack for a while now will be to roll it up stuff it in with my other gear for the approach and use on the routes that require a pack, it is that light and tough, that it will be a perfect application for it.

Just think about what you are buying this pack for carefully and you won't be unimpressed.

Not quite what I expected

I have always had rucksacks that had zips. So when the onyx arrived and it is closed by rolling the top and clipping it I considered returning it.
But previous rucksacks have wore out because of broken zips so I decided this is a positive.
It is not as neat as a zipped rucksack.
It is very light - think supermarket plastic bag. Hopefully tougher.
The shoulder straps do not have much padding so not sure what it will be like with a heavy load. I generally use a rucksack for shopping and commuting but for longer trips, I get imagine the onyx can hold a lot.

It's lightweight but weird sizing and design

I bought this thinking that it's a "roll top" pack as described. I live in the US and roll top means there is a way to roll the collar like a dry bag and clip it. But this is a simple drawstring bag. I kind of hate that cinch top packs but I thought I'd use it anyway. Either the description should read right or make this a real roll top pack. The front pocket is nice to have. I'm not doing any kind of serious alpine activities now but from my experience, this can be improved by using metal hooks vs the plastic clips. I have a Mountain Hardwear pack which is much heavier and I wanted to replace that with this pack but that is not going to happen soon. The extension of the fabric above the shoulder harness is too high and unless you stuff in a puffy jacket or something really light, it will flop over backwards, especially if the pack is full and use a rope or something heavy on the top, it could be a problem.
The measurements are off - the torso size for the 45cm is really 40cm (from the base of the strap attachment to the top). This is the usual way to measure the torso. So this is more like a small size pack in every major brand. The cinch top collar is too big based on the 6+ backpacks I have from various brands. For the price, materials, this is an ok pack. I'm overall disappointed with the pack. I really wanted to love this and replace my other pack but that didn't happen.


The Oryx has an extra long main compartment with a draw-cord to seal the top. It is designed so that you can roll down any extra space at the top with a strap to secure this. This design allows you to over-stuff your bag with loads of kit but you can then roll it down neatly once you have unloaded the bag.
Our customer support team are investigating incase Hunt received a pack with an unusually short back panel.
- Customer Support

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