MEC AlpineLite 50 Backpack (Unisex)

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Oh how we love the sweet, sweet alpine. Especially the summer alpine that gives us pristine sunrises and picture-perfect meadows and warm enough weather that we can fit everything we need for a multi-day jaunt into one comfortable (and affordable) pack. This minimalist hiking pack was totally redesigned for 2013. Less generalised than the previous version, the AlpineLite 50 is now more specifically tailored to alpine needs when crampons and ice axes are necessary.

It can be loaded up or stripped down according to the mission at hand. To pare back the weight, take out the back panel and remove the hipbelt and lid. The stripped-back version weighs 1.0kg, carries enough gear for a night or two, and it’s streamlined enough to get through slots and squeeze chimneys.

• Made of stout, high-tenacity ripstop nylon, tough enough for weathered alpine granite.
• Doubled fabric on the bottom reduces condensation when the pack is on the ground.
• Floating lid has an outer zippered pocket and zippered pocket underneath with a key clip.
• Moulded back panel and contoured shoulder straps are covered in quick-dry fabric.
• Hydration reservoir pocket and hanger, and a port for hydration tube.
• Glow-in-the-dark, glove-friendly zipper pulls.
• Spindrift collar has a drawcord closure.
• Dual ice axe holders with a durable pick compartment.
• Removable hipbelt has gear loops for racking.
• Side compression straps consolidate the load. Lower strap is doubled back to take the weight of skis.
• Daisy chains for lashing items and for securing crampons across the back. Includes crampon attachments.

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