Gear Review – Mountain Hardwear Direttissima Back Pack
We were pretty stoked to give the Mountain Hardwear Direttissima a burn on some ski mountaineering trips. Why? Well, pretty much because the ice axe strap doubles as a beer bottle opener! Dead serious. Pretty cool add-on for an otherwise all-function company like Mountain Hardwear. And hey, that’s a function anyway, isn’t it?
Some of the Highlights:
- Good volume, lots of expansion. Used it for day trips and a light overnighter for Rainier.
- Easy to attach and remove skis on the sides
- Supportive back and straps, easy to adjust and fine-tune on the fly
- Did we mention the beer bottle opener? Yup.
- Cool subtle winter colours, in case you’re on a top secret winter army mission
- Pockets, compartments, and a spot for a hydration pack right where you need’em
Some areas for Improvement:
- Shovel pocket – we couldn’t find a good spot for shovels. There’s an indestructable outer pouch, but it’s just a tad too small for a shovel. Hmmm.
- Hip belt goodies – often nice to have a daisy chain and a small radio or cell phone pocket right on your hip belt, easy to access while your pack is on. Just an idea.
- Re-inforcement – there’s just some key areas on the side of any pack where ski edges are bound to chafe, especially taking it on and off and on again for a 6 day summer volcano skiing mission. A little bit of extra re-inforcement there would do the trick.
All in all, we’re definitely stoked with the packs, and look forward to further abusing them this winter.
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Mountain Hardwear Direttissima in Action
Gettin’ some on Mt Rainier, Washington
Heading up Mt Hood, Oregon