Yeah - BD make some good stuff. I would like to think that I am not a slave to any particular label though. It just seems like BD have a greater presence in the local climbing pack niche.
I still think I'm going to go with the Boa. It's got a PE framesheet ( no stay though ) so it \"should\" be a bit more comfy than the Boa duffel. Seems to have enough room for my needs. The convenience of the entry method and detachable tarp are huge sport specific advantages. No coiling or special packing required. (Almost) Idiot proof.
As far as other packs go. This is what I have considered/shopped around for:
* Please note that I in no way consider myself an authority. I have lead sport with a 12L and seconded with a 26L and 45L ( compressed ) pack in the 15 to 20 grade range. Please also note that prices quoted are as per the suppliers website or personal purchase - don't quote me on them! Also I don't work for MMO (they just happen to post prices online) - but hey if the guys at MMO wanna throw some free gear my way I wont say no!
My regular climbing partner picked up the BD Jackal 45L. Relatively lightweight (1.4kg) very \"clean\". The suspension and carry is consistent with the \"goldilocks effect\" - not to much, not to little, just right. If you carry the rope under the lid (it has a special strap for this purpose) you can fit a mountain of gear into the main compartment. Only criticsm would be that the carry handle strap broke shortly after purchase - the pack was subsequently returned and replaced. R 950.00 from Drifters.
BD Sphynx 42L
Similar to the Jackal, though the Jackal seems to have a slightly beefier and more forgiving suspension. Rope straps under lid. Hydration compatible. R750.00 MMO
BD Sidewinder 30L
PE framesheet ( no stay ). Hydration compatible. Rope straps on the outside of the pack. Clamshell opening which needs a little getting used to. 3 point haul system. Hydration compatible. 0.98kg R 650.00 MMO
Osprey Exposure 36
Seems like a sweet pack: 1.2kg, 36L, streamlined, daisy chain and rope fastening straps, 3 point haul system. Comfortable carry for about 10kg or so. This would be the pack I would strongly consider if I would be doing longer walk ins and or multipitch routes. Hydration compatible. R 900.00 Only available through thecairn.co.za as far as I know.
Check a review here : http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... eview.html
K-Way Ridge 40L
Cape Union Mart's idea of a climbing pack. Much cheaper than the packs above. 1.4kg. Pack is nicely streamlined. Similar suspension to the BD Sphynx - a PE framesheet and single aluminium stay. Suspension seems very stiff. No rope strap under the lid. Not hydration compatible ( if thats important ). R400.00 Cape Union Mart.
BD Quantum 45
New line of packs from BD. Don't know if Ram Mountain are bringing in the 45L. The entire line has been getting favourable reviews on the net. Seems like BD has managed to offer a comfy ride for the approach and decent climbing performance. I'm not at a stage where I'm doing back country routes so I can't justify the purchase no matter how good/bad it might be. Hydration compatible. Quantum 45 R1800.00 (Estimate) 1.85kg 45+10L, removable lid / suspension / hip belt.
Check a review here : http://www.sierradescents.com/reviews/p ... uantum.php