Plenty of packs come with fancified carrying systems, gadgetry you didn't know you needed, and the promise of painless ascents, but the Millet Prolighter MXP 60+20 Backpack doesn't go in for all the nonsense. It prefers to keep things simple, with bomber construction, essential features, and a ton of capacity, all of which are more important than built-in solar panels, anti-gravity magnetrons, and the like.
The Prolighter can carry nearly 5,000 cubic inches worth of gear (3,660 in its standard configuration, or 4,880 if you expand the extra-large lid), enough for a week on trail or a heavily-loaded winter excursion. Despite this capacity, it keeps things comfortable with a stretchy, thermoformed X-Lighter back panel, Continuous shoulder straps, and a comfortable padded hip belt that distribute weight and keep your load stable. If you need to bivy, you can pull the foam panel out of the back and use it as lightweight padding to keep you off the ground.
Since it's made for the alpine, the Prolighter's side compression straps are designed to prevent movement and double as A-frame ski carriers, while the bottom sleeve and front FPP Ergo loops combine to hold two ice axes comfortably for your high-elevation adventures. Gear loops on the hip belt keep smaller climbing items close, and the side and lid pockets hold water bottles, maps, snacks, and whatever else you need for a day or week in the mountains.
- 210D nylon honeycomb and 1000D cordura
- Stretchy thermoformed X-Lighter back panel
- Continuous shoulder straps
- Padded hip belt with gear loops
- Expandable lid
- Zippered lid and stretch side pockets
- Top access with storm collar and front access zipper
- Ski-holder compression straps
- FPP Ergo ice-axe holder