Patagonia Sloperunner Exploration Pack – ALPSinsight

Designed for Journey Working

I can’t think about limiting my working to, nicely, working. The extra I do with path working, the extra concepts I’ve for initiatives. Working health opens up all types of alternatives, from combining working with climbing, journey, or just exploring deeper and better into the mountains. I hate to make use of the A-word, however right here goes. Let’s name it like it’s: “Journey Working.”

For Journey Working, I would like an even bigger pack that also lets me transfer within the mountains effectively. The brand new Patagonia Sloperunner Exploration Pack’s 18 liters of quantity is pushing the bounds of “working pack,” however gives an answer to take action lots of the issues I dream up.

The Exploration retains the burden excessive and tight

The Sloperunner Exploration 18 liter is for large and assorted days the place you would possibly want to hold climbing gear, glacier journey equipment (I’m within the Alps), additional clothes for altering climate, a multi-day hut to hut tour, or unsupported missions the place a great deal of energy must be carried. As a photographer/runner usually carrying extra weight, this can be a dream pack that I can run and work from. 

Because of its unmatched skill to regulate this weight, I found yet one more benefit of the Sloperunner Exploration. For our Sierra path working guidebook undertaking, we’ve spent loads of 12 hour days working and dealing within the excessive nation. The Exploration has allowed me to hold a a lot bigger burrito than I might have ever completed with some other pack. And a bath of salsa. You could snicker and marvel why a mountain runner must take a big burrito into the mountains, however when you could have a pack that simply handles stated burrito and salsa, it’ll all make sense. Anyway, that burrito gained’t be round for lengthy.

These with out packs with burrito carrying performance sat and watched in a state of despair

If you first put the Sloperunner Exploration on, you’ll shortly discover the pack rides excessive and cushty on the again. Load stabilizing straps cinch the pack firmly to your again by sucking all the fabric tight, each securing the pack and creating its personal waterproof shell.

The broad shoulder harness additional stabilizes the pack,evenly distributing the load to your chest. That very same harness is fitted with roomy, nicely thought out pockets to maintain meals, drink and no matter else must be simply accessed. 

Waterproof pack material insures dry cargo, tremendous useful within the Alps’ moist summer time of 2021

One of many attention-grabbing design choices contains two extra comfortable flask sleeves on the upper-sides of the pack, making 4 complete comfortable flask sleeves. (Or, two comfortable flask sleeves and two burrito holsters.) Why so many comfortable flask sleeves? They’re much simpler and sooner to refill. With a number of bottles you’ll be able to have a devoted vitality drink or two, plus recent, plain water. And for carrying, the burden could be distributed to keep away from all of it sloshing in a single spot. Alternatively, the pack may also maintain a hydration bladder and hose system.

Experimenting with a hydration system (bladder & hose) and comfortable flask for vitality drink. I choose all comfortable flasks to keep away from the sloshing heavy mass towards my again.

Not everybody wants a pack like this, however for those who do it’ll be a lot appreciated and even perhaps encourage concepts for working adventures. Generally a nicely made piece of drugs truly opens up alternatives. This might be a kind of items.

Going deeper and better into the mountains usually requires extra carrying capability

The Patagonia Sloperunner 18 Liter Path Working Pack


  • Waterproof materials created from 210D 100% Recycled Nylon
  • Easy, single tube with two small, zippered inside pockets
  • Ice axe attachment system
  • Pole carrying system
  • 4 comfortable flask sleeves
  • Plentiful carrying capability within the shoulder harness
  • Attachment factors for including your individual lash on straps
  • Detachable plastic again panel for both holding it comfortable or offering extra assist and again safety

Options I’d like:

  • A lighter inside shade. The all black inside makes it a black gap, I discovered myself emptying every part out when in quest of one thing.
  • A compression pocket inside attain on the facet or again of the pack physique from which a wind shell could be grabbed whereas on the fly. The comfortable flask sleeves on the highest of the pack may also do that, however you’ll have to have some shoulder flexibility. 

The Sloperunner Exploration will probably be accessible within the spring of 2022.

By Dan Patitucci

4 stabilizing straps; two on prime, two on the underside – pull tight and the pack turns into part of your physique
Large shoulder strap pockets with loads of room for meals, headlamp, and many others…
Ice axe attachment features a sleeve for the choose and one handed retrieval
The 2 additional comfortable flask/burrito holsters are on either side and prime of the pack