The Mountain Rucksack was originally designed for a Special Forces unit operating in alpine conditions. It is hard-wearing, made from 1000 denier high tenacity PU-coated nylon fabric which has inherent waterproof and FR capabilities. This rucksack has been designed for mountain warfare: as such there are very specific design features, whilst all clips, loops and zips can be used wearing gloves.
The Mountain Rucksack features a floating lid with large internal and external pockets; the mission-specific “avalanche kit” is stored in conventional pockets designed for a shovel head, shovel handle and probe in the rear of the pack, with further additional storage: in total there are 5 internal open-topped pockets, one of which can be used for a 3-litre hydration unit. The rucksack can be accessed both from the top and via a large clamshell opening at the front.
Reinforced loops are located towards the base on either side of the rucksack to support a ski and binding in a vertical carry, whilst top straps are included for holding the ski above the binding. These top straps can be adjusted to compress the ski onto the bag and hold it securely in an ‘A’ Frame carry. Further straps to hold two ice axes are located on the outside of the rucksack: the axes are secured with clips and compression straps at the base and with elastic draw cord loops at the top.
Two large elasticated pockets are located on either side of the rucksack for additional vertical storage, whilst an elasticated lacing system is located on the front of the rucksack for helmet stowage.
The rucksack is supplied with three detachable pouches: a small zippered detachable pouch for a GPS or radio is attached the shoulder strap, whilst another, larger zippered pouch can be attached on either side of the waist belt for those items that need to be immediately accessible.
The Mountain Rucksack has a modular harness, removable padded waistbelt and removable chest strap; it also has a rain cover that is stored, and attached, in a pocket at the base of the rucksack.