Out at our nearby crag Rifle Mountain Park, I experienced several instances of “pack envy.” As I plopped down the sleek Trango Crag Pack 2.0, nearby belayers looked longingly from under their belay glasses.
Constructed of burly and semi-stiff 1,000-denier Titan Wrap, the tapered Crag Pack 2.0 stands upright on the ground, making accessing items easy without having to wrestle the pack. For day cragging, the pack features ample space—in the main compartment, I fit two pairs of shoes (there is also a side mesh pocket for shoes to allow them to air out between pitches), a chalkbag, a harness, a rope, a full rack of draws and a belay puffy.
A toploading design with a double-zipper closure, the Crag Pack 2.0 is topped by a generous ripstop-nylon top pocket that fits belay glasses, beanie, jug of ibuprofen, tape kit, etc. There is also a separate microfiber-lined zippered pocket for a phone. On the lower sides are two large elasticized pockets, one holding a tethered but removable small tarp for shoeing or racking up, and also a convenient place to stash a guidebook. The pockets are not super deep, but big enough to hold a Nalgene, which I commonly used them for. Two buckle straps on each side near the top of the pack offer lash points for jackets or whatever.
The EVA-padded light aluminum frame, hip belt (with gear loops) and shoulder straps felt plush, and kept the load secured tight to the body.
After a spring and half of a summer, the pack showed little sign of wear and has become my favored crag pack due to its simple, thoughtful design.
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