It was the classic, the mold breaker, my favourite rucksack, and one of the few bits of kit I ever aspired to. It increasingly spiralled out of control with added weight and stupid extra features from ’99 onwards and finally crashed and burned as a 2kg monster a couple of years ago. The slight update by the “all-new” Karrimor with a different harness and back system was half arsed and didn’t help.
So it’s dead and I’m glad. We have the OMM Villain, which is the real Alpiniste 45+10.
So what Karrimor have done is the right thing, make an all new model. Much better than flogging a dead horse.
This is the new Alpiniste 45+10. It looks nice.
I can see a couple of things though; no lid attachment points and it looks like no wand pockets either. Both pretty vital for me, but not everybody. The lid straps are attached quite high up lessening the opportunity for stowing kit behind them, although the bungee is good. I’d miss the single buckle lis as well.
But it is purple.