Its all about new rucksacks this month at Up and Under and we kick off with Grivel

The names of the Grivel Tofane 45, Lavaredo 35 and Marmolada 28 immediately conjure up thoughts of warm, sunny days in the Dolomites. And true to form for a northern Italian company based in the shadow of Mont Blanc these packs are well and truly designed for days in the mountains where you need comfort during a hot carry and features for dealing with rock, glacier crossings and maybe even for carrying skis.

The Grivel Lavaredo 35 and Tofane 45 have a backsystem that sets them apart from most climbing packs and mountain rucksacks; their Ventilated Air Tech backsystem. This keeps the pack slightly away from your back so that you get a cool comfy carry, but the gap is limited to keep the packs stable when climbing and not make packing them difficult. The Tofane 45 has a stowaway crampon sleeve, whilst the Lavaredo 35 has a semi-circular front zip opening for broad easy access when its laid on the ground making it a great cragging sack. The Grivel Marmolada 28 is a highly versatile day pack that won't interfere with your harness when climbing, but is comfy and feature filled for all your walking needs as well.

However, if low profile, simple, rugged and durable is what you need from your climbing pack then the Grivel Eccles 38 does this with bells on and has the most body hugging harness that we have tried and should be on everyones rucksack short-list at least and even more ideally on your back.

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