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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Variant

Manufacturer: Osprey

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Page By: ajdenali

Created/Edited: Mar 24, 2009 / Mar 24, 2009

Object ID: 5989

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Product Description

The Variant 37 offers superb carry and a versatile volume for a variety of vertical endeavors.

* Removable HDPE framesheet with 6061 Aluminum Stay
* Water restistant zippered front pocket
* Crampon compression pocket
* Dual ski loops
* Removable hipbelt
* .96 kg or 2 lbs. 2 oz. stripped weight in medium


-Adjustable Tool Bungee Y-Clip
An adjustable tool bungee Y-Clip stows ice tools quickly.

-Crampon Compression Pocket
A front compression pocket secures and protects crampons.

-Glove Friendly Buckles
Glove friendly buckles allow access to the Variant with no cold fingers.

-Hipbelt Removal
Easily remove the hipbelt through a pass-through lumbar.

-Hipbelt Stow
The hipbelt can be tucked out of the way while climbing by threading the webbing and buckles through the tool holster slot.

-Ice Tool Attachment
The Variant tool holster allows secure attachment of all ice tools, including leashless.

-Spindrift Collar - 1
An extendable spindrift collar keeps snow out of the pack.

-Spindrift Collar - 2
The spindrift collar can be rolled up out of the way for top pocket removal.

-Three-Point Haul System
A bomber three point system provides secure big wall hauling.

-Underlid Pocket
A zippered underlid pocket keeps maps and other items safe and secure

-Wand Pocket
A wand pocket keeps wands or pickets within easy reach



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ajdenaliVariant 37

Voted 5/5

What can I say about Osprey? Excellent quality packs at a reasonable price. This pack fits great and will compress to hold a little gear or I can cram a weeks worth of stuff in it. Definitely a great buy and now the first pack I reach for going out the door.
Posted Mar 24, 2009 3:19 am


Voted 5/5

My favorite features are:

The shape. It's very narrow at the bottom so you can move through tight chimneys and slide down rocks without snagging it.

Weight to durability ratio - the pack is not built like a lightweight pack at all. Heavy Cordura is used in all wear areas, and yet the two packs I weighed (both 52s) came in 3oz under the specified weight! My medium is 3lb 8.5oz, which is just incredible for a durable 52L pack with tons of features and a real frame.

Ice tool attachments. Best on the market by a mile.

Crampon pocket - I love that it's huge and tough - adds weight to the pack, but now I can leave my 5oz crampon pouch home. When the crampons are on my feet it's a great place for things I want quick access to on the climb.

Ice clipper slots and gear loops on the hip belt - lets me go with a slimmed-down harness and keep that cushy hipbelt on when climbing. The gear loops hold a bunch of pro or my ice tools.

There's a rope strap which can be routed over or under the lid. It works very well for a sleeping pad as well.

And, it has a nice beefy frame and hipbelt so it carries weight well!
Posted Jan 29, 2010 6:00 pm

GCutforthIt has it all...

Voted 5/5

I have been looking for a pack to ice climbing but work effectively in the summer. This pack has it all. It is light, comfortable, and very well designed. A touch pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Posted Nov 13, 2010 3:25 am

Brian CAll around awesome

Voted 5/5

This is a fabulous pack for climbing. Room for everything! Comfortable and stable. A bit pricey though. No more hitting my helmet on my pack when looking up.
Posted Dec 15, 2010 10:58 pm

JanVanGenkExcellent pack

Voted 5/5

Fits well, comfortable even with heavy loads. Really nice allrounder.
Posted Jan 8, 2011 12:03 pm

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