Customer reviews for Mountain Hardwear Direttissima™ 50 Backpack

Mountain Hardwear Direttissima™ 50 Backpack

Direttissima™ 50 Backpack
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Customer reviews for Direttissima™ 50 Backpack
Review 1 for Direttissima™ 50 Backpack
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

A good backpack with unfortunate shortcomings

PostedAugust 29, 2014
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emerson
Location: Portland, OR
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
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3 / 5
3 / 5
I will start by saying I want to like this pack. And I do, for the most part. I also own the previous version (Direttissima 46) so my comparisons there come from experience. I'll cut a lot of fluff and hit the high points.
I have owned this bag since it came out and use it for alpine style climbing in the Pacific Northwest. I've used this for scrambling in the Olympics, glacier/high-angle snow/easy ice climbs on the volcanos, and rock climbing up in the North Cascades. I prefer the fast and light approach to climbing and don't take anything that isn't needed. I'm safe, but will deal with some discomfort if it means I can carry a smaller, lighter pack.
COMPLIMENTS:
Overall this is a clever pack and you can tell thought went into its design. Here is a laundry list of good things I like:
1) The external pocket is actually usable; the old version was pathetically useless.
2) The ice tool attachments work very well. Unfortunately you lose the bottle opener from the previous version, but all-in-all I prefer the new setup.
3) It does strip very well, although I think the bag could go on a diet. It seems a bit heavy, but if you pull off the brain and strip the frame sheet and stay, you can get something that works pretty well for a summit bid.
4) The crampon pocket is nice and works well. Note: this shifts the weight away from your center of gravity and is noticeable if you've got a pair of automatics and ice tools strapped back there. But I'd think any pack would have that issue, so this is not a criticism.
5) All the straps are in the right places and although I don't like to strap equipment to the outside of my pack, if you need to do so the pack won't let you down.
6) The pack has spots for ice clippers and a couple gear loops. These come in handy if you want to stash something there instead of on a harness/sling.
CRITICISMS:
I have two major, and one minor, criticisms for this pack.
1) My biggest criticism is with the suspension system. Put simply it doesn't really work. With 22 to maybe 28 pounds its OK, but over that and the bag just doesn't hold up its end of the bargain. First, the hip-belts are needlessly thin and its hard (at least for me and a couple other people I know) to keep them over the hips. They just slide down. Second, the point at which the frame stay connects to the hip belt flexes too much for the belt to effectively transfer the load onto your hips. I end up with the hip belt slanted and the pack resting on top of my butt.
Be extra mindful of how you pack the weight, and make sure you keep your heaviest items directly in the center of the bag. This helps a lot.
2) My second major criticism is with the size of the pack. I am a very efficient packer and I just don't feel like this thing is 50 liters in size. Certainly not the main compartment, and maybe if you add up the external pocket (which is nice) and the brain you get there. But I thought I would be able to carry more than it seems to be able to.
3) My minor criticism is with the sizing. It went from S, M, and L to S/M and M/L. I'm a solid medium so the old pack fit better. The old pack also had a wider hip belt, so its hard to say if my major criticism is from the sizing change (although I am doubtful it is).
If the pack is attractive to you I recommend you give it a try and see if it'll work.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Direttissima™ 50 Backpack
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Dretissima 50 is a solid choice

PostedMarch 24, 2014
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buchanders
Location: Saratoga, WY
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was looking for a year-round pack that would serve many purposes (if there is such a thing) - a pack for XC skiing, fieldwork, hiking, and elk antler hunting (long day-trips). I like the compartments and overall layout and especially like the burly loops on the bottom sides of the pack (perfect for lashing antlers and other items). The pack is very comfortable and fits well - not too big, not too small. I would have rated 5 stars if it had better ventilation (I haven't had a chance to wear it in warmer temperatures yet, just skiing). The zippers are a little tight too but that might be because they are new. I researched many packs and am glad I finally settled on this one. I think it will last a long time.
I would recommend this product.
+5points
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