Gear Review written by Jared Drapala
Multi pitch climbing always requires some thought concerning what to bring, and what to leave behind in the car. Crag pack, leaders pack, winter pack; it seems you can never have too many packs. One pack that I have been using lately is the Mammut Neon Light. This little pack weighs 390 grams, and has many features that make it a great choice for a leaders pack. It will fit shoes, a water bladder, energy bars, cell phone, small first aid kit, and some extra layers; perfect for a day of multipitch climbing where you will be getting off the deck.
The Mammut Neon Light is primarily a leader’s pack; it is compact to carry what you need for a long day of leading. At 12L or 732 cu in. this pack is small enough to lead and has the right features for such a task. The pack rode just above the harness, and has a waist belt to keep the pack tight to your back if you are climbing some overhanging terrain (such as the Gunks). The waist belt can also stow away into the pack if you find it is getting in the way Two zippered external pockets help to keep your gear organized so you can easily find it while at the belay. The Neon Light is also hydration bladder compatible, which is a nice feature since water bladders are lighter than bottles. The daisy chains on the outside of the pack allow you to clip a helmet or other miscellaneous gear to the pack for the approach. Also, the internal strap can function as a small gear loop to help you organize the sport rack if you’re headed to the crag.
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Pros: Lightweight, slim, well featured, easy to organize
Cons: On such a small pack, a waistbelt strap seems a bit unnecessary. The camera cord is somewhat extraneous, but may be useful if you have a small point and shoot and you can swing the pack around to grab it.