Designed by our athletes for Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, the Dragonfly 45L is a backpack for the most determined mountaineers. Its 45-liter volume can hold all your equipment whilst remaining comfortable thanks to its back panel and ultralight breathable straps, designed to free your movements.
The chest strap and belt are fully removable. Its design allows for a hydration bladder and the addition of a helmet holder. Each accessory, every gram was slaved over, analyzed and debated to achieve the best weight-to-performance ratio.
The result is the lightest alpine expedition backpack (656g) you can find in this volume, while remaining ultra-functional.
• Quick opening drawcord system
• Breathable mesh back panel & shoulder straps
• 2 ice axe holders
• Helmet holder cmpatible (sold separately)
• Hydration bladder compatible
• Rope holder
• Removable side compression cords
• Removable chest strap and padded waist belt
• Material: 210D high-tenacity ripstop nylon 66
• Volume: 45L
• Dimensions: 60x30x21cm
• Weight: 735g (635g)
Excellent pack and very well made. The small pocket inside the main compartment is a nice touch for putting items normally stored in a kind without the annoyance of having an over stuffed, floppy, heavy lid. The materials are high quality with excellent durability in an alpine terrain. I was able to carry a full weeks worth of gear but it was certainly pushing it to the limit. Ideal for 2-3 days of minimalist alpine climbing. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to travel fast and light in the mountains.
One of the better alpine packs I've used -- can't think of one better, actually. For being so light, it carries a load incredibly well, then compresses down nicely for the climbing. Fabric has good durability, especially for the pack being light, which mostly comes from the lack of bells and whistles (only one pocket, which is internal; I usually put my snacks and quick-grab items in a stuff sack in the top of the pack anyway). For a pack like this I definitively do not want extra junk on it, so it's great. Rope carry is smart and works well, easy to quickly open the main compartment, shoulder straps feel like the perfect balance between stiffness (helps the carry) and comfort (soft, but not mushy/don't roll). Hip belt probably helps the carry, as it's nice and sturdy, but is removable for technical climbing -- key aspect. I'd say it's on the small side of 45L -- seems everyone measures a little different -- 45 is probably the volume with the sleeve extended. For anything from ice cragging to alpine-style routes (it's not an Indian Creek crag pack, no spot for a slackline or a bongo drum holder, nor is it made for an Outward Bound course), you aren't gonna run out of room, but it then compresses down nicely.
What a sweet pack. I've used this in a couple of multipitch ice routes in Ouray Colorado and even as my carry on pack on a flight to Alaska.
So far my only complaints are:
-The draw strings on the side are a little long as they come, I trimmed a few inches off of them.
- I wish that Blue Ice had created a better helmet carrying option. You can use the helmet add on but only if your tools aren't on the pack also. Haven't come up with the proper solution yet.
Overall, still easily a 5 star review though. Well made, with the right balance of cost, weight, and durability for an alpine sending pack.
This pack is a lightweight minimalist design yet comfortably holds 35+ pounds of gear without feeling overloaded. The only thing I would change is I wish the top flap of material was larger so that the flap would cover a larger area on top when the pack is filled to full capacity but the existing flap does the job if it is carefully positioned and really tied down tight. I’m looking forward to carrying this pack as it is nearly 2lbs lighter than my other similarly sized pack.