The Exped Core 25 is a minimalist yet ultra durable 25 litre alpine climbing pack giving an excellent combination of lighweight durability and sleek functionality. Less is definitely more with this pack.
This heavy duty top-loader features a large main compartment with an internal stash pocket and two generous lid pockets, one external and one internal. These features make it ideal for all your gear on fast and light days out in the mountains. The pack is kept securely closed by a carabiner on the lid which clips into a central, vertically positioned daisy chain loop on the face of the pack. The main compartment is closed by a draw cord and is an angular shape so it is higher at the front to the backhelping to prevent spindrift getting in.
The slim and compact body combines with the Exped shoulder harness which is attached at the base of the pack giving stable load bearing properties and a comfortable, contoured fit. The deliberately simple back panel has is made from 1000D polyester fabric for durability and can be removed to strip pack weight or used as a bivy mat/seat. The hip belt is quickly and easily removable so it makes the pack more comfortable when your wearing a harness. The Exped Core 25 also includes ice axe/trekking pole loops.
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I have used this rucksack just a few days, for hiking and climbing in Mediterranean hills --plenty of hard, spiny bushes and in the Pyrenees, including climbing via ferrata routes. However, I have already a positive opinion as a day backpack. It is robust, light, simple and stable on my back. As an instance, I carried inside crampons, a 30m light rope, a 1L bottle, a light down jacket, Gore Text Active pants and jacket, a small first aid kit, snacks, and other small stuff items. An improvement would be a couple of compression straps on the sides, useful to carry mountain skis.
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