The Dragonfly 25L is the perfect intermediate size with optimal lightness. Its very compact volume allows it to be folded into its zipped front pocket.
The chest strap and belt are fully removable for additional weight-savings. Hydration and helmet carry compatiable, it is a versatile, minimalist backpack that only carries the essential
• Quick opening drawcord system
• Breathable mesh back panel & shoulder straps
• 2 ice axe holders
• Helmet holder compatible (sold separately)
• Hydration bladder compatible
• Rope holder
• 2 side mesh pockets
• Removable chest strap and waist belt
• Material: 100D high-tenacity ripstop nylon 66
• Volume: 25L
• Dimensions: 56x29x16cm
• Weight: 481g (min 390g)
This pack is nice and lightweight, and can be made ever more lightweight by taking things out. It seems like it can store way more than 25L by overstuffing the top. We like the small zipped pocket on the outside more than the new version which has it closer to your back since it can be accessed by a friend.
Dragonfly 25L Pack
This is my first experience with Blue Ice and it has been very positive. I was on a hiking trip in the Colorado Rockies and needed a new daypack. Blue Ice practically overnighted this pack to me at no additional cost. I’ve now used it on 8 hikes ranging from a couple hours to most of a day. The pack is functioning flawlessly. Carrying light loads like emergency kit, trail food, wind shell and 1 bottle of water is effortless. The pack hugs your back and the weight doesn’t shift. You hardly feel it. Heavier loads-add a 2nd water bottle, fleece, rain jacket and more food and you feel the load on shoulders and across chest at sternum strap. Not terrible but certainly noticeable. Another plus of the design is that when the pack is not very full the top just folds down and rests inside. When you stuff it to capacity the sides go up and holds the larger load. All in all the extremely light weight, flexibility and de-contented design work great. Highly recommend the Dragonfly 25 and terrific customer service from Blue Ice.
I've used the pack for 7-10 days on alpine climbs. Lots to like - carries remarkably well for being so light, pockets, hydration, and rope-carrying system work well. But the mesh pockets aren't nearly as useful as compression straps would be. And one of the ice axe holder twisties (bottom of pack; where head of axe attaches) broke on the 5th day using it.
Need a summit pack for upcoming trip to Wrangell-St. Elias. This will fit inside my pack nicely. No frills, but all of the attachment points and straps that I need. Fabric is light weight and strong.