Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rick Dawson Great Hauler!
So far, I love this pack. I was able to stuff a double rack of c4/x4's .2 up to #3 plus a single #4, two 60m ropes, harness, shoes, chalk, snacks, light layer and headlamp in this puppy and it was pretty darn comfortable. If you need bells and whistles, look elsewhere. If you just need a rugged pack to haul gear around, this is it.
November 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by Paul A comfortable classic for big trips...
The 50 Caliber is an awesome pack for mountaineering. While not the lightest or most sophisticated pack in that size range, it is exceptionally durable and offers unique usability features like the stand-up haul bag style bottom which is a wonderful thing when loading the pack and it stands up nicely when loaded. For me, the 50 Cal is too much pack to use as a crag pack, but it is perfect for longer trips, like the Grand Teton, where I used it a few weeks ago, and three or four day jaunts in the Alps. I tend to fill a pack regardless of the size so the 50 Cal keeps me down to a load that is much more managable, even when we push the capacity by adding a couple 3rd party accessory side pockets. It is practically bullet proof - unless you're actually shooting at it with a 50 cal - and seems like it would hold up reasonably well to light hauling. It carries very comfortably and I would definitely recommend this pack. It might be the perfect crag pack for a guide who normally carries more gear or extra ropes. In fact, it was recommended to me by a friend who is a climbing guide.
The only con to this pack is that the compression straps are too far apart to fit 3rd party accessory pockets very well (and BD does not produce add on pockets for it).
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Vickie Great no frills, bullet-proof pack
I bought this pack a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I have a short torso and have had always had a difficult time finding packs that fit me. The small size fits perfect. I bought it for climbing, but it is more comfortable than my backpack so I might consider it for my next trip. I like the fact that it sits up when I'm loading it and that it's easy to pack stuff down and fill in any empty space. It has the right amount of features and no excess gobbley-gook.
August 29, 2013