Crux's AX45 Rucksack is constructed from very durable Dyneema ripstop Cordura fabric and the back system is a firmly stiffened design. There is less padding on the shoulder straps and hipbelt than on other packs, and the back panel is stiffer than those of rivals. This spells more stability with heavier loads, but less comfort with lighter loads. There is no length adjustment, just tensioning straps to define the fit.
It features a single main compartment with a fixed lid and snow-lock extension. The lid pocket is a good size, ideal for maps or guidebooks but there are neither hipbelt pockets nor a front stretch stash pocket for a jacket between showers. The pack sits close so would be ideal for scrambling.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear