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Essential features of a climbing backpack

The climbing backpack is a key piece of equipment for climbers, designed to offer functionality, comfort and durability. Specially designed to meet the demands of climbing, it stands out for its sturdiness, lightness and specific features. A good climbing backpack should offer easy access to your gear, a capacity adapted to the length and difficulty of your climb, and a comfortable carrying system that doesn't hinder your movements. The materials used must be abrasion-resistant to withstand the rigors of rock faces.

Types of Climbing Backpacks

Sport Climbing Backpacks

Sport climbing backpacks are generally smaller and more compact, with a capacity ranging from 20 to 30 liters. They are designed to carry the bare essentials: ropes, quickdraws, boots and a few personal items. The emphasis is on lightness and mobility, with ergonomic shoulder straps and a ventilated back for optimum comfort on short but intense climbs. They often feature specific pockets for climbing gear and external attachment systems for ropes.

Backpacks for long routes

For long routes and multi-pitch ascents, a larger capacity backpack, between 30 and 50 liters, is required. These bags offer more space to carry extra clothing, food, water and a wider assortment of equipment. They are designed for better weight distribution, with padded hip belts and compression straps to stabilize the load. Some models also incorporate hydration systems and pockets that can be accessed without removing the bag, allowing easy access to necessary equipment along the way.

Mountaineering Backpacks

Mountaineering backpacks, used for technical and high-mountain ascents, have a larger capacity, often in excess of 50 liters. They are built to carry not only climbing gear, but also mountaineering-specific equipment such as crampons, ice axes and extra ropes. These bags are made from extremely resistant materials and are often fitted with modular systems to reduce weight when necessary. Carrying systems are particularly reinforced to offer comfort and stability over long distances and difficult terrain.

Choosing the right climbing backpack

To choose the ideal climbing backpack, several criteria need to be taken into account. Firstly, assess capacity according to the duration and type of your climbs. For one-day outings, a 20 to 30-liter bag may be sufficient, while for longer expeditions, opt for a capacity of 40 liters or more. Next, consider comfort and fit: shoulder straps and belts should be well padded and adjustable to distribute weight evenly. Also check specific features such as gear pockets, external attachment systems, and compatibility with hydration systems. Finally, durability is essential: choose abrasion- and weather-resistant materials to guarantee your bag's longevity.

In conclusion, a well-chosen climbing backpack is a crucial investment for any climber, offering the right balance between functionality, comfort and sturdiness. By selecting a bag tailored to your specific needs, you'll be able to maximize your performance and enjoyment of your climbs.

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