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Wild Things Andinista

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4.50 / 5 (2 reviews)


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Ryan Hutchins
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Wild Things Andinista on 04/11/2007 22:37:52 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This is the best pack that I have owned, ever. It is somewhat purpose built as a mountaineering pack, but can easily be modified to work extremely well as a Ski or ski mountaineering pack. The pack is about 4000 cubic inches (not counting the storm/bivy skirt) fully expanded. It compresses to ~1800 cubic inches using an ingenious and simple zip compression system. The pack has been updated a few times since inception, and the newest versions are supposed to be lighter, stronger and more comfortable. My older model is holding up fine after 7 years of heavy use, and if I ever manage to wear it out, I will surely buy a new one.

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Sven Christian Jantschek
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Great pack, weak lid on 06/17/2010 07:49:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

After 5 years in alpine use:

What distinguishes the andinista from many others is that it easily transformed from a full sized backpack into a attack bag for summiting trips. The andinista places weight close to the back and sits extremely well. However the lid doesn`t fit well and I find my pack kind of uncomfortable.
It`s well made though with smart attention to details and most suitable for alpine climbing.

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