Cold World backpacks
are designed uncompromisingly for the alpine environment. Since
1992 our small factory has been making some of the best packs around
for serious climbing and gathering a dedicated cult following from
professional guides and hardcore climbers. In fact, many top climbers
prefer to buy our packs rather than use free ones that big companies
give them. We've built a reputation, without advertising, purely
on the word-of- mouth recommendations of climbers all over the country.
Even the finicky editors of Climbing Magazine have repeatedly singled
out our products in their reviews of lightweight alpine packs.
Why does a tiny company like ours get this kind of attention? Insiders
know that the best specialized gear is always made by small companies,
where there is no gap between the user and the designer. Every feature
on our packs is the direct result of some route, some adventure,
or some epic that taught us something about gear. Our small line
of packs represents everything we've learned over the years about
what is essential and what is just extra weight. When you rely on
the gear yourself on a regular basis you have an investment in getting
An alpine pack,
like an alpinist, must do many things well. It must
carry large loads on approaches, smaller loads on the climb and
still be light enough for use as a summit pack. It must survive
hauling and help you survive on unplanned bivouacs. It should have
attachments for the specific gear that climbers carry like ice tools
and crampons. Light weight is paramount yet when your life depends
on the contents of your pack durability is mandatory. While many
backpacks will carry big loads comfortably while hiking, only a
true climbing pack can meet all of these diverse demands. Cold Cold
World packs are complete climbing tools.
Here are some reasons why:
"soft" suspension consists of a contoured cut that fits
your body and a double (or triple) folded foam pad that can be
easily removed to serve as an emergency bivvy pad. Without stays
or rigid components, it is lightweight and non-restrictive yet
supportive enough for any load you can climb with.
Multiple haul-points get the load safely up pitches that are too
steep to wear it, and robust fabrics ensure it makes it in one
Extension sleeves and extra long compression straps allow you
to conveniently carry oversize loads when necessary.
lids stay on the top of the load- not in the back of your neck-when
the pack is overloaded and quickly pop off when it's time to trim
down for a summit push.
We build gear loops into our larger packs because the ones on
your harness are often covered by the hip-belt. And we size them
to work equally well as ice tool holsters