Chicks Gear Review: Osprey Mutant Pack

Osprey Mutant Backpack
Reviewed by: Karen Bockel

Chicks Climbing and Skiing gets you out into the mountains.  Whether you’re packing your rock gear for a steep multi-pitch adventure in Red Rock Canyon or carrying your ice tools and ropes to base of a long crystal blue ice flow in Isafjordur, Iceland, the Osprey Mutant makes for a perfect travel companion.  Osprey offers this pack in 2 sizes, 28 and 38 liters.

Built with the alpine adage of “Light and Fast”, the Mutant doesn’t let you waste time and energy.  The 38 L Mutant weighs in at 2 lbs 15 oz and comes with a lightweight yet stable design.  Support and stability come in the form of a HDPE framesheet and an aluminum stay, which are both removable for the most technical of objectives where every ounce matters.  The low-profile waist belt holds the load where you need it yet when reversed and clipped around the back of the pack gives you good access to your harness, an important feature for big gear-intensive routes.

Osprey Mutant PackIf you’re out in Cody climbing long ice climbs, bring the Mutant 38 along!  Its easy ice axe attachment fits all modern leashless ice tools, and the pack is large enough to swallow all your extra layers for keeping warm in the backcountry.  On a desert rock climb, the Mutant 28 shines.  You’ll stay ventilated with the Airspace back panel, and keep the loads light with the floating top lid removed.  If an overnight ski trip is on your calendar, pack your gear in the Mutant 38.  With it’s A-frame ski-carrying system and outside compression straps to adjust your loads, you’ll make it off the top the fun way.  The Osprey Mutants packs are versatile, light, and strong – great for any Chicks adventure!

Karen Bockel is an AMGA Certified Rock and Ski Guide and a new proud owner of Chicks Climbing and Skiing.  Learn more about Karen, here.