Trango’s cragging pack, just called the Crag Pack, surprised me when it became one of my favorite choices for my home crag at Rifle. The Crag Pack looks like a haul bag, though it’s definitely not meant to be hauled. Flop the top lid open, and the Crag Pack is (sort of) stiff enough to stand upright on its own and be used as a big catch-all gear bucket.
The Crag Pack is huge, and easily accommodates all of my climbing gear, water bottles, accessories, clothing, food and a rope bag (I highly recommend the Trango Cord Trapper Rope Tarp as a no-frills, affordable, lightweight and very useful rope tarp).
There are two stiff stays in the pack that help carry loads, at which the Crag Pack does a decent-enough job. That said, I wouldn’t want to hike for more than 30 minutes with this pack on my back.
Trango has also included a mini-tarp, a lightweight tarp about the size of a large handkerchief, ostensibly for placing shoes or other items of gear. I never made use of this feature, however.
Another feature I never once used is the 3/4 length zipper that provides access to the interior. I always went through the top.
There’s a large mesh pocket on the exterior that is large enough to accommodate a pair of stinky climbing shoes. However, I ended up just using this pocket for lighter items that I wanted easily accessible throughout the day, such as a hat or belay glasses.
The exterior fabric is durable, and has held up well over the past few months of use. However, after more testing, the material used on the top of the pack has torn, and the stitching on the shoulder straps seems like it’s going to blow out soon.
At $99, the Crag Pack is quite affordable, and you get a lot of pack for that price.