Top Gear #12 DMM Porter 45 Rucksack
My ideal cragging rucksack is robust, spacious, great value for money and simple. So simple infact, that I really just want a big tube with shoulder straps! I also need it to be reasonably comfy to carry and ideally, once I arrive at the crag, I want it to stay open and be able to stand up. For the last year I have been using a rucksack from DMM’s industrial range called the Porter 45 that ticks every single one of these boxes. It does everything I want and nothing more. Perfect design.
The Porter is made from extremely durable Tarpaulin fabric with padded shoulder straps and a blow moulded back panel which makes it comfortable to carry even when fully loaded. There are straps at the top to allow ropes to be fastened on and a few other details like reflective piping, small velcro closure internal pocket, waist belt and lid. I found the waist belt and lid rather superfluous to requirements so they were removed a while ago. It now really couldn’t get any simpler!
At the crag the Porter can stand up allowing gear to be added or removed easily and, when the climbing’s done, it’s simple to repack and head for the car. We have been using a number of these for business use over the past year and despite heavy use they are still going strong. I’ve never found a better crag sack. The Porter 45 retails at around £70 and, providing your crag walk ins aren’t too long (this isn’t a bag suited to mountain routes or long walks in), you can’t go wrong.
Posted by Paul