The Millet Peuterey 35 pack is a year-round technical mountaineering backpack, which can be used for a variety of outdoor activities, such as climbing, hiking, skiing, and ice climbing, which is where it really stands out.
The nylon fabrics (420D Oxford Nylon and 210D Velocity Nylon) keep the packs contents dry. The base of the pack is made of two layers; a 1200D Cordura Nylon which is coated with Plyurathane. These two layers are sandwiched together for added durability and water resistance.
This is the first Millet pack we’ve reviewed here at montgear. I took it to the desert, mountains, and even used it in town. I’m 171 cm (5’6’’) and I find the Peuterey 35 pack incredibly comfortable. It fits snug over my shoulders and around my waist. The Free Flex Frame System that Millet uses allows the pack to provide rigidity and improve the pack's load-carrying capacity when you add heavy gear or skis. The Free Flex frame is basically constructed of a removable flexible plastic frame sheet in conjunction with free floating shoulder straps, which provide better balance, ergonomics and freedom of movement. The pack fits close to the back and distributes the weight onto the belt. When climbing, there is great helmet clearance when looking up, this can be a bit of a hindrance on some packs if the top lid is a bit high and bulky. The Peuterey 35 has a full length front zip which can be zipped in both directions, which is a nice feature, as it provides you with access to items in the bottom of your pack without unloading everything to get to them. Another nice feature with the zip is that the zip knob is a large round loop, so it’s easy to grab with a glove on. Regarding load capacity, there is plenty of room in this 35 L pack for a 1-2 day trip. The pack has a map pocket up top (also with a large zip) that is easily accessible and if you flip the lid up there is a pocket with a key clip and a place to store valuables. The waist belt has a zip pocket for a camera or phone, which I found really handy, as my camera was so easily accessible, I didn’t have to dig around for it in my bag. There are multiple gear loops to hold all your carabiners and other climbing gear. The pack has a hydration slot and a Hypalon® ice axe holder, two ski straps on each side which can be used for mounting mattress’s, tents, a rain jacket, whatever you want (if you’re not ice climbing).
The Millet Peuterey 35 is a great year-round technical mountaineering backpack that shines as an ice climbing pack. Considering the strong and durable materials it’s constructed with, I would say its pretty light at 1400 grams. It’s durable, comfortable, has great access features (zip goes both ways with big knob), is clean in its design (nothing hanging off the pack) so it doesn’t snag easily. I like the waist zip pocket, very practical.
I’d recommend this pack.
Ergonomic back design
Big zip knob
Main compartment zips both directions for entry into bottom or top area
The 35 Liter seemed a bit short on some of our taller male testers
Volume: 35 Liter
Fabrics: 420 D HD Oxford Nylon and 420 Velocity Nylon
Weight: 1900 g. (4 lbs 2 oz)
H : 43cm.
Adjustable restback: No
Restback type: Normal
Ice-axes loops: Yes
Ski holder straps: yes
POLYESTER 600D 100% recycled
Free Flex System (FFS)
Direct access to main compartment via front zip
Waterproof gusset on main compartment
2 zipped pockets on lid flap
Camera - pocket with key-ring
Ski holding compression straps
FPP™ ice-axe holder
Compatible with all hydration systems
Ergonomic shoulder-straps + load transfers + sternum strap
Ergonomic waist belt + equipment holder + zipped pocket.
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Here is a good video review from ProLiteGear
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Disclosure: Pack provided by Millet for testing.
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