Tim and I had been arguing over one of the unique features of the Trango Crag Pack for weeks – it comes with quart-size trash bags to keep your pack clean and stank free.
I loved the little bags. To me, a guy who eats bars, blocks, and gels like it is my job, they make all the sense in the world. Who wants dried-up sticky Gu in the brain of your pack, all over your tape, nail clippers, and whatever else? Tim thought they were overkill, too much in a world where we overcomplicate the simple things.
Reviewed by: Shaun Matusewicz, Senior Contributor
He relented though, and agreed to test them out for a day in Indian Creek. This was my chance. In between climbs I stuffed the trash bag with everything I could: Tasty Bite containers, banana peels, eggshells, Snickers wrappers and whatever I could find littered around the base of Annunaki. I had a point to prove.
I had it all planned out – “Tim” I would say, “do you want to carry down the mini trash bag or should we just dump all this nasty stuff in your pack?” He would have to agree.
Just before my glorious moment though, as we walked back towards our packs hope was scattered, dashed and utterly destroyed. In the distance we saw a raven flying away with something distinctly mini and white in its mouth. The trash bag was gone.
While the mini trash bag debate rages on, Tim has fully agreed to the genius of the Crag Pack.
At 48 liters, it is big enough to handle any day at the crag and it carries on your back surprisingly well. The straps are comfortable and the waist belt is good size, without cutting into your hips.
The top load and side load zippers make getting to your stuff a snap. Add to that a guidebook pocket and a mesh pouch for stinky shoes and you have a super versatile pack that is easy to navigate. At first I thought I would never use the guidebook or shoe pocket, but I have come to love them and now consider each a must-have for any backpack that does the majority of its work on sub three-mile approaches.
The bag is made out of a super tough Titan Wrap fabric (think haul bag material) that keeps your gear safe and the pack in a upright and open position.
The Bottom Line: I recommend this pack to anyone in the market for a cragging backpack. It is bomb proof, comfortable, made to last and comes with mini trash bags. Just be sure to keep those suckers weighted down.
Trango Crag Pack (on backcountry.com)
Shaun Matusewicz is a Senior Contributor to The Climbing Zine.
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