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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Variant

Manufacturer: Osprey

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 - 6 Votes


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

DenjemWell thought out

Voted 4/5

The pack is made of durable fabric with some nice features. I like the crampon pocket and the floating lid. Not so much crap that it weighs a ton. Have been using it as my primary backpacking pack for about three years. Have used it for climbing much less but can handle all the gear for climbimg and camping.
Posted Nov 29, 2017 3:15 am

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