Gregory backpacks go way back. When Wayne Gregory was just 14 years old, he invented his own backpack design as a Boy Scout project, and 50 years later, he’s still designing all different kinds of backpacks. Gregory’s emphasis was on fit, and the brand was one of the first to create backpacks with different waist sizes and adjustable waistbelts that actually adjust to different waist angles.

So, when you invest in a Gregory backpack – like the Alpinisto 35 – you can be sure you’re getting a backpack with an ideal fit. The Alpinisto is a lightweight but capable pack, built for just about any use on the mountain. With 35 liters of capacity, it’s best for daytrips, but if you’re an obsessive ultralight backpacker, you can probably get away with it for a weekend.

It’s constructed from 210D High Tenacity Nylon, and features a Fusion Flex suspension system, which integrates Gregory’s decades of experience with fit and function, with a removable HDPE framesheet, aluminum frame stay and comfy, padded hipbelt. The pockets and design are all designed to be as streamlined and slim as possible, with a top-loading design, and Side compression straps with integrated ice axe retention.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for stashing all your climbing gear. The hipbelt features gear loops, ice clipper slots, and straps for ropes and emergency hauling. There’s even a compressible crampon pocket with puncture-resistant TPU panel, and adjustable ice axe attachments, that both stow away when not needed. Lastly, both the outside of the backpack and the interior liner have been designed to be as visible as possible.

At 3.2 pounds, this is a backpack designed for traveling light and fast both up and down mountains, and it fits like a glove.

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