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Patagonia Ascensionist Alpine Climbing Pack 55L

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Patagonia Ascensionist Alpine Climbing Pack 55L

3.5/5
September 23, 2021

Not actually an alpine climbing pack

I got this pack for ice climbing, mountaineering and winter missions primarily, and I was quite stoked about some of the features it offers like the ''slimming it down'' and its big volume that allows for big missions. Unfortunately I have to report that this pack did not hold up to a classic alpine mission in the Bugaboos. I d... Read Moreon't know where the people that designed this pack alpine climb, but when going up for a week with gear and food split between a crew, a pack will weight approx. 40lbs. On this instance one of the Ascenscionist straps actually tore at the seams because of the weight. This is fairly dissapointing because other packs in our crew held up to the weight. Other things that are very poorly designed on this pack: (1) when removing the brain and back panel to transform it into a multi-pitch pack, this bag is super burly, like a ball on your back without any structure at all. Very annoying for climbing with. (2) why on earth would there not be a side zip here? if someone is actually going to use this for a long approach or a multi pitch it might be conceivable that access to layers and food and water will be needed. Without a side zip and any other side pockets (which would be totally fine if there was a side zip), layering and un-layering means ALWAYS taking the brain off, undoing the top and reaching in a dark tunnel of chaos instead of unzipping one thing quickly. Finally I have to say that this pack has very strange straps that will make your shoulders sore, and this was true for me and my partner that used the pack for a day. There was potential here, but overall it's a disappointing product.

Response from Patagonia
October 1, 2021

Hi Alexandra. Thank you so much for your detailed feedback on this pack and why it didn't work for you. You're welcome to return it. Thank you.

August 29, 2021

Untethered Big Boy Style

This pack is a perfect big guy pack. Carry everything I need plus all the stuff my 3rd grade daughter doesnt want to haul! Plus I can cinch it down for lighter carrying with comfort. Mahalo Patagonia gang

June 29, 2021

Good but didn't last long

I loved this backpack and had it for around a year until it started to breakdown. Used it for rock, ice, some ski mountaineering, backpacking, and some a bit of other random activities. Both straps have broken and are now hanging by only a quarter of the stitching they had. The bag was awesome until this though, but I wouldn't try to load it t... Read Moreoo much until they improve the straps. Day ice climb? Sure. Overnight with tent, skis, ice rack, rock rack, and a 70m rope? Use a different bag.

Response from Patagonia
July 6, 2021

We're sorry to hear about the lack of durability on this one. We appreciate the feedback and highly encourage you to connect with your local [Patagonia-owned store](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/). Taking your pack there to discuss the usage and what is going on with it, and they can evaluate it. Your pack is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee, so please don't hesitate to reach out. We'll be happy to help!

March 23, 2021

My new favorite bag

Perfect size. Amazing storage flexibility. Light. Secure. Will be using this for any multi day trips, climbing, hiking, camping, skiing.

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