Osprey Mutant 28
Def good value when discounted...
I am a major Osprey fan and always have an eye for an Osprey discount.
The Mutant 28 had a good 20quid knocked off, and after much deliberation, i opted to buy this eye-catching luminous beauty.
Granted - this is a v pared down model with less pockets for stashing stuff as it is designed for climbers - so you really do notice the weight differential. It does exactly as it says on the label.
V good easy-access top panels for helmet and climbing shoes and then the rest of your gear (ropes, etc) can be packed into themain body of the bag. Good back support but not too rigid so as to mould to a bending back.
Already used on a couple of short climbing trips - no complaints so far. The bright luminous colours also helps with making you visible - def a better colour choice over the blue.
09 July 2015
And not just for climbers
I am not a climber, but was attracted by the Mutant 28's capacity, very light weight (with ability to remove parts to make it even lighter) and side straps and clips. Great for hiking and fast walking, it concentrates the load where it should be for me - at the base and into the middle of the pack. Because it is so flexible, it expands to allow you to fit in quite bulky items - more than you would expect to carry usually for fast ascents. Just returned from walking the North Yorks Moors with my Mutant 28. For four days, I carried a bulky camera bag, another camera and case, spare lenses, walking pole and a light-ish weight Manfrotto tripod, along with the usual day-traveller's stuff: wallet, keys, glasses and sunglasses cases, hydration. The adjustable side-straps allow you to carry longer items like poles and tripods, and the adjustable elasticated straps at the base and top of the bag ensure that you can anchor those longer items, so they don't move around and disturb the balance of the bag. The top has easily accessible smaller zip compartments for things you need quickly. Altogether a great buy and I would recommend this kit to anyone looking for a pack of this size.
18 May 2015
Good quality bag, lots of features, lightweight, cavernous- fits loads of gear inside, and good access to inner compartments.
You get what you pay for they say, which is true of this, a bit pricey but excellent quality and comfort.
18 March 2015
Great comfortable pack
Great pack and comfortable under full load. Great features like the ski loops and top buckle/compression strap combo to maintain stability, the big opening top allows more cumbersome gear(like a full rack of gear) to get stuffed in without messing. Could do to be more water resistant with more water proof zipping systems perhaps?
16 March 2015
Great climbing pack
Treated myself to a new pack for Christmas and this one seemed to come highly recommended by various reviewers. I tried the pack on in the store before buying and it seemed to fit well for me.
I've since used it in the great outdoors and am really pleased with it. It's a nice simple pack with some great little features - ice axe holders are functional and easy to use, the lid has some nifty attachments for a helmet and to secure a rope on. The pack sits nicely on my back and doesn't get in the way of a harness.
Overall, i'd definitely recommend this to someone looking for a decent climbing pack.
10 February 2015
Best day sack I've ever owned
I have various uses for a day sack, my daily commute (sometime by foot, sometimes by bicycle, sometimes train, sometimes plane). I carry a laptop, papers, bits of kit and outer shell. I also use it for day trips on the hill all year around. I can carry what I need whatever the terrain. This pack takes it all in its stride, out performs all previous packs, both osprey and other brands. The minimal design and multi function compression straps, wide (robust) main compartment zip, hydration bladder pocket (which doubles as a laptop sleeve), tools harnesses (work perfectly for ice axe, but also trekking poles). Comfortable to use, with just enough support from the waist belt without impeding mountain agility or fast bicycle commuting. I do like this bag!
06 January 2015
Excellent, robust cragging and ski mountaineering sac
Had used a Talon 33 for a year, but trashed it on Mont Blanc, Glen Coe and 10 days in the Vanoise. Osprey repaired all the holes on it free of charge (amazing) but said the Mutant would be better, especially for ice tools, mountaineering and cragging. Have used this for a few weeks now, and it is excellent for carrying skis, two axes, and helmet and rope. And it is highly visible on the snow and at a bottom of the crag at dusk. Highly recommended. So far Mont Blanc granite has not made any holes.
27 December 2014