The Venom 30 mountaineering backpack is ideal for a day’s mountaineering or fast-hiking. Great for fast uphill because it’s lightweight yet very comfortable. The breathable Venom Back is made up of perforated Ariaprene foam padding covered in 3D mesh with a ventilation chimney along the spine. This provides maximum comfort in intense effort. The perforated foam shoulder straps and waistband are lightweight and evacuate sweat as well as being wide and comfortable without impeding movement. The pack has hand rest straps. There are practical accessories: ice axe or poles carrying strap designed with plastic reinforced elastics, and a “Speed Poles” carrying system. This system enables you to attach and undo your poles without taking off your pack. As for the toughness of the elastics, that would need the test of time. A fluorescent yellow rain cover stowed away in the top pocket guarantees total waterproofness and visibility in foggy weather. There’s an inside bladder pocket with an opening designed for the tube.
There’s another inside pocket on the top flap where you can stow your keys, wallet, etc. There is also a zipped pocket on the waistband.
There are three stretch pockets: one on either side of the pack for water bottles, gloves, etc. and a central pocket for stowing away your rain jacket for example.
Opening and closing the pack is problematic with gloves on or with cold hands: the Opposite Opening™ buckles on the top flap clip together with small plastic closers fixed onto the adjustable straps, (instead of a big one like most packs). The main compartment also has a waterproof extendable top that closes using a rather finicky plastic clip you slide on the drawcord.
It is also a shame there are no vertical compressible straps because of this opening system: it is impossible to tighten the top flap against the pack when the pack isn’t full. Only the lateral compression is effective using two fixed straps on the stretch lateral pockets.
The adjustable chest strap attaches from one strap to the other with two plastic clips that you can put at whatever height suits you. It isn’t very easily done and be careful they can detach and therefore you could lose them!
It is a good compromise of comfort, lightness and breathability. It is innovative due to its fast pole attachment, but the opening is not practical and lack of compression straps renders the pack a pain to use when the weather is cold or when you need to take stuff in and out.
The price is high. It comes in three different colours: black, red, blue.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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