With its 45-liter volume, the Octopus is a minimalist and versatile climbing pack that can carry all your gear for the day: you will always have easy access to it thanks to its large opening in the back. Its high tenacity Nylon fabric material with foam lining makes it extremely resistant to wear and friction.
For optimal comfort, it includes a back panel and ergonomic straps. The Octopus comes with a tarp to protect your ropes on the ground and can also accommodate a helmet holder. Ideal for all your climbing trips, it is airline overhead bin compatible.
• One-piece construction
• 3 large zippered pockets for safely storing small items
• Separate inner stretch mesh compartment
• 2 internal gear loops
• Tuck away shoulder straps and waist belt
• 2 handles for top and side carrying
• Rope tarp included
• Helmet holder compatible (sold separately)
• Fits most carry-on air cabin requirements
• Material: 210D high-tenacity ripstop nylon 66
• Volume: 45L
• Dimensions: 58x32x23cm
• Weight: 900g
I really like this as a cragging pack, but mostly do multipitch stuff now so it doesn't get used as much as it used to. It is a really well designed pack that carries everything I need- 60m rope, shoes, guidebook, full rack, harness water and snack, tiny first aid kit, helmet, etc. More than enough room for everything, and a good place or system for each item. Mine did not come with the tarp or helmet holder for some reason, and i bought the helmet holder and just don't use a tarp when I clim out of this pack. (Kinda bummed I didn't get the tarp) it's still a great pack though.
I am 70 years old with about 50 years mountain experience. I haven't purchased a new pack in 30 years and before buying this, conducted a thorough review of the competition. The Octopus came out on top based on size, design and price (although that was not a factor). I am not disappointed. The materials and workmanship are outstanding. I do recommend that Blue Ice modify the design a bit. I cut strip of a closed-cell foam pad that matches the inner circumference of the pack and is about 17cm high--inserting this provides structure to the pack's somewhat amorphous nature--in future designs
an inner sleeve could be added for inserting the foam pad. Did I mention that the Octopus also looks great! I definitely recommend this to other mountaineers.