By Angela Hawse
This has been my go to cragging pack since I took it out of the box. It’s ideal for a full sport climbing kit, 60m rope included. If it’s a trad rack my partner and I split the kit. This little number is loaded with features that are not bells and whistles. It’s practical, but best of all it’s uber-light. For it’s weight (1.7lbs.) it carries a load well (20lbs.is no problem). For larger loads the Verve 32, 38, 42 or even the 52 are better choices. The hip belt on the Verve 26 is minimal, so don’t count on it for sharing much of the load. For short cragging approaches this little number is the bomb.
The color options are awesome, and it’s reasonably durable for its weight class. The ripstop nylon, back panel and reinforced bottom do the job for sport climbing missions and full day summer hikes. The zippered pockets on the top and inside of the lid have ample room for a small first aid kit, tape, phone, sunglasses, sunscreen and snacky bits. The
side pockets accommodate water bottles if that’s your style, and the back panel is useful for a light layer, hat or whatever you want to get to quickly. With its fully functional, basic hydration system the entire pack is well thought out. It has minimal straps that include an attachment for a trekking pole that doubles for small stick clips.
Best of all, my favorite feature is the large D-shaped zipper system that gives instant access to anything, anywhere in the pack. I can open it up at the crag without having to dump all my kit in the dirt. It’s like having a duffel bag at the base of the climb. Not only does it keep my scene tight, it always gets complimentary comments.
Here’s a look at my kit, a bit more spread out. It all fit in easily (rope in the bottom) with room to spare for a jacket, fat lunch or camera. In addition, I’ve found it to be a great pack for summer. The removable back panel has great airflow and the shoulder straps are comfortable and not overkill. Get it while it’s hot and get out there for #whatgivesyoulife!
Angela Hawse is a fully certified IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide. She’s been a Chicks Guide since 2001 and is now one of the proud new owners of Chicks Climbing and Skiing. Her sponsors are Marmot, SCARPA, Sterling Rope, Metolius Climbing and Julbo Eyewear.