Osprey Mutant Backpack Review – Alpine Pack For Ski Touring And Mountaineering

If you’re planning a ski touring adventure this winter where you’ll be staying overnight in high mountain huts, then this backpack is an ideal candidate to carry all you’ll you will need for trips of one night to a week’s touring across the Haute Route.

It’s packed full of features that clearly have a lot of thought, testing and research behind them, making like in the mountains just that little bit easier and more convenient.

Osprey already have a great reputation for comfortable, hard-wearing and great looking backpacks and the Mutant certainly ticks all those boxes, and although clearly the hardwearing element is something we can only be sure of with time, the fabric, stitching and finishing looks tough and rugged – it’s just what we would expect.

What it isn’t, is a freeride ski backpack – it’s just too big for that and the shoulder straps and slightly narrower than you’d expect for a pack of this nature. But it’s not designed for freeriding, it really is a true touring pack that can carry clothing, kit, skis, helmet, ice axe; your whole world for however many days you’re in the mountain.

Here’s a good example of a ski touring trip that this pack would be ideal for: UCPA Chamonix to Zermatt

Tech Info

  • Ultra-durable 420HD nylon pack cloth and 210D nylon honeycomb fabrics
  • Snow-shedding back panel
  • Removable HDPE frame sheet with T6061 aluminium stay for support
  • Low-profile, non-restrictive harness with load lifters
  • Adjustable sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Reverse wrap storable hip belt
  • Integrated gear loops on hip belt for easy racking
  • Removable lid with dual compartments
  • Integrated ski/climbing helmet storage
  • FlapJacket cover for use when lid is removed
  • Under lid rope carry system
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Dual ToolLock ice axe attachments
  • Dual front daisy chains offer flexible attachment options
  • Side ski carry
  • Side compression straps
  • Glove-friendly buckles
  • Weight: 1.26kg

RRP: £130

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Robert Stewart

Ski Editor at Snow.Guide

Rob has extensive knowledge and experience of winter sports and has been qualified to instruct and teach Alpine Skiing for over 25 years. He is also an experienced off-piste and backcountry skier and has competed in freestyle and freeride events around the world. Now a full-time ski writer and Director of Ski Press, Rob is Snow.Guide’s Ski Editor and contributes to many other snowsports, national and lifestyle publications.

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