The Cilogear 60L Worksack has become the “go-to” pack for all of my guiding and personal climbing. I’ve put over 150 days of hard use on this pack and found it to pack well, climb comfortably, and be ultra-configurable. I’ve bushwacked around the Cascades, suffered through freezing temperatures in the Alaska Range, hauled it up desert towers (just 2, I swear Graham!), and the Worksack has performed exceedingly well throughout. I’m confident in it wherever I go regardless of the objective.
The pack is full of features that are both ingenious and simple. The external strap system, once understood, has almost endless configuration options and allows unwieldy items to be easily secured to the pack. Additionally, ice clipper slots sewn into the waist belt can eliminate the need to carry gear on the harness, making it much more comfortable on long expeditions. The internal compression strap that helps hold the load closer to my back, making it carry even better. The ice tool slots are speedy and work with my traditional and leashless tools equally well.
This pack is an excellent choice for both the weekend warrior looking for a quality pack and the serious alpinist doing routes of extreme difficulty.
Note: I wrote this review in 2008. My current alpine pack of this size is still the CiloGear 60L. I’ve taken it up moderate glacier routes to steep alpine ice climbs and it keeps charging. That says something!