- Removable Lid with Zippered Pocket and Key Clip
- Storm Collar with Top Compression Strap
- Hydration Sleeve with Hanging Zippered Pocket
- Removable Waist Belt with Gear Loop and Biner Sleeves
- Duffle Style Zippered Access to Main Compartment
- Integrated Vertical Rope Carry System
- Silicone Touch End Points on Webbing
- Removable Dynamic Flex Suspension
- Water Resistant YKK Zippers - Water resistant
- Front Vertical Zip Pocket
- Dual Ice Axe Loops
- Lid and Front Lash Points
- Molded Back Panel
- Stretch Mesh Water Bottle Pockets - Stretch Mesh Bottle Pockets
- Brickstone (7180)
- Dark Granite (1434)
- Overall Weight:3 lbs 4.6 oz / 1492 g
- Volume:2750 cu in / 45 liters
- Main Material:210d 100% Nylon Nail Head
- Main Material:420d High Density Nylon
- Reinforcement Material:Double Layer 420d High Density Nylon
Fabrizio Zangrilli, Marmot Athlete and Alpine Climber, reviews the Drakon 45 Pack. Learn more about Fabrizio at http://marmot.com/athletes/fabrizio-zangrilli.
The Drakon 45 is that rare breed of backpack that both climbs and hikes very well. With enough padding in the hips and the shoulders it carries like a dream on approaches to climbs and then does not hinder your movement when actually climbing. The duffle style zipper that opens the main compartment is great for getting a jacket or rain pant out quickly, but even better at hanging belays to access a waterbottle, stove or belay parka when the pack is hung form an anchor. As a cragging pack the zipper is awesome for ease of access to cams, nuts and all the other junk required to give your project a go.
The key to it’s ease when climbing is the freeflow shoulder straps, alowing the straps to adjust to the angle of your shoulders. Big, thin, wide or narrow shoulders, no problem, it will work for you. While guiding I am able to store an ice axe, and clip a couple of key pieces of gear to the waist belt for short-roping, When I am climbing I can fold them back and get them out of my way when necessary.
The Drakon 45 also has great side stretch mesh pockets that let me carry trekking poles, snow stakes, tent poles or water bottles easily. Working in the Khumbu region of Nepal 5 months a year I need to access permits frequently and thus love the zippered front pocket on the pack where I can also keep a map or guidebook.
If you are looking for a pack that will handle an overnight backpacking trip, a way to carry a full rack and rope to a remote crag or a mean alpine climbing pack, I wholeheartedly recommend the Drakon 45.