Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Andinista
Manufacturer Wild Things
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type May 25, 2002 / May 25, 2002
Object ID 298
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Andinista Pack
A Peruvian word for someone who climbs in the Andes, where high altitude technical climbs were first climbed without fixed ropes from a base camp. Pack manufacturers often seduce customers with features that offer little to the pack but added weight. The Andinista pack has been the choice amongst guides who require function and simplicity.

Composite 3 layered fabric VX21
Simple, comfortable, and durable suspension.
2 gear loops on the waist belt
Removable compression straps
Compression zippers
Ski slots
2 daisy chains
3 haul points
2 tool tubes
2 crampon straps
Removable 3 pocket lid
Removable bivvy pad
Capacity: Fully extended 5500+ cu. in.
One side compressed 3000 cu. in
Fully compressed 1800 cu. in.
Sizes: S, M, L Weight: 3lbs. 11 oz

Pack Sizing: Every body type is different! We make the same size bag with different attachment points for shoulder straps to suit a variety of body types.
Small (18") for those under 5'7"
Medium (19") for those 5'7"-5'10" (original size)
Large (21") for those over 6'


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PCHoran - Feb 15, 2005 3:47 pm - Voted 5/5

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I still have and still love my Denali Pro. However I wanted a lighter pack for mountaineering. The Denali is about eight pounds. The Andinista is about 4 pounds. Both are great packs but they are very different. The Denali has greater volume and greater load bearing ability.50 pounds? No problem. The Andinista is best with smaller loads below 35 pounds.

The Andinista is a pure mountaineering pack. It can be compressed from a 5000 ci expedition pack to a 2000 ci summit pack. It's made of durably cordura and has easy to use tool tubes, crampon straps. and accessory straps. It uses foam (either a ridge rest or some closed cell foam) for structure.

Because there is no true frame, care must be taken in packing this pack. After a few days, you'll learn where to put things to make the Andinista ride smoothly.

In summary, I'd say that I pull the Andinista out of the closet first, and move up to the Denali only when my gear overflows it.

Tsuyoshi - Feb 10, 2009 5:52 am - Voted 5/5

excellent pack!
As long as you take the time to learn how to pack it right, the Andinista can actually take a lot more weight than one would think. Of course it doesn't ride like some mammoth load carriers like the Denali Pro, thats because it wasn't made to!

The idea with this pack isn't to be super comfortable on the approach to a climb. Pack it full and take a little pain on the way in. Leave base camp with a pack that doesn't have a bulky suspension or 8 lbs of accessories and enjoy the ability to climb more technical routes without worrying about your helmet hitting the pack or the suspension restricting your movement.

This thing is made for climbing a not trekking.

In the end, it really just depends on what you want... a pack that hauls, or a pack that climbs.

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