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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Ice Pack
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Ice Pack

Our Price: $320.00



Perfect for light and fast alpine accents and recently given a 4-star review in Rock & Ice’s 2013 Photo Annual, this is the lightest and most comfortable alpine climbing pack you’ll ever own. Weighing in at 34.6 oz (981 grams), this 55 liter, minimalist designed climbing pack has only what you’ll need for hitting alpine or mixed routes.

Constructed from our Cuben/50d Poly hybrid fabric, the 3400 Ice Pack includes two vertical daisy chains, four side compression straps, a spectra hardline crampon patch with shock cord crampon keeper, two ice axe holders, y-top compression over the roll-top closure, two vertical compression straps, an internal zippered pocket, and a removable hip-belt with optional pockets or gear loops.

New features for 2014 include fully sealed side seams for improved water resistance, a more durable double-reinforced 150d pack bottom, added hip-belt length and the optional re-designed hip-belt pockets for improved utility. Recommended carrying capacity range for this pack is 20-40 lbs and as with all HMG packs, a rain cover is not required, however we do highly recommend Cuben fiber stuff sacks to compartmentalize your gear and as an added level of water resistant security.

2.2lbs : 34.6oz : 981g

  • Main body material is made from a durable, 100% waterproof, rip-stop Cuben/50d Polyester hybrid material
  • 3400 cu/in capacity
  • Exterior patch with straps for attaching ice axes and crampons
  • Parallel daisy chains provide attachment points that allow for trip-specific versatility (11" apart)
  • Two convenient shock cord systems for securing axe shafts
  • Two removable, shaped aluminum stays
  • Padded back panel for added comfort
  • Roll-top storm closure with hook and loop to keep pack opening aligned and protected from the elements
  • Top Y-strap compression system designed to keep pack contents tight as well as to hold other gear and equipment
  • Two side compression straps with side release buckles help keep the contents from shifting
  • Padded shoulder straps include moisture-wicking, antimicrobial mesh spacer fabric
  • Padded, removable hip belt with 1.5" webbing
  • Gear loops on hip belts for racking carabiners
  • Ice clipper slot on hip belt for racking ice screws (ice clipper not included)
  • Adjustable sternum strap with self-tensioning elastic
  • Double-reinforced Cuben/150d Poly pack bottom
  • Internal mesh stuff-it pocket
  • Haul loop handle
  • Bar tacked reinforcements on all stress points
  • Fully sealed main body seams.
  • Stitched with Spectra Fiber thread and a bonded tex 69
  • 100% rainproof
  • Handcrafted in Maine, USA
  • Top Circumference - 40" or 101.6cm
  • Bottom Circumference - 33 1/2" or 85.09cm
  • Height Fully Unrolled - 34" or 83.36cm
  • Back width - 10 1/2" or 26.67cm
  • Sizing: Small (15-17" torso), Medium (17-19"), Large (19-21"), Tall (21"+)

A recent review from Rock & Ice Magazine: "I used to pull out a certain rucksack for sport climbing, another for trad and a third for alpine. Last year I received a pack from Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) and all that changed. The design is super simple and I own snazzier packs, but every time I geared up for an alpine route or long approach, I’d find myself reaching for the Ice Pack.Why? Because it’s so light. At 2.13 pounds, the 3,400-cubic-inch Ice Pack is a pound or more lighter than most packs with similar capacities. It’s also really durable. The secret to this light but tough mix is a non-woven laminated fabric called Cuben Fiber. Originally designed for use in sailing, Cuben Fiber is made by sandwiching polyethylene fiber filaments .001 of an inch thick in various arrangements between thin outer layers of polyester film

Cuben Fiber is 50 to 70 percent lighter than Kevlar. It’s also reportedly four times stronger than Kevlar, and allows flex without losing strength. Though Cuben Fiber has high tensile strength, it has relatively low abrasion/puncture resistance. As with all HMG packs, an additional layer of nylon is laminated to the Cuben Fiber to improve abrasion resistance.

The result is a superlight pack built to last. I’ve climbed with the Ice Pack for a couple of seasons now and it fits well and is holding up. Though the suspension system is rudimentary, the pack carries really well. My only design criticism is the position of the interior pocket. This mesh pouch is situated so that all your loose belongings ride against your back and can bulge through and poke you. Moving the pocket to the side of the pack would completely solve the problem. The other obvious drawback is the price. Cuben Fiber is expensive and you’ll be paying for that pound of weight savings—about $100 more for a similar capacity. That said, the Ice Pack is still my choice for any adventure where light is right.

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