Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack – Long Term Review

Mountaineering and Alpine climbing require special gear such as backpacks. Since 2012, for general mountaineering, winter mountaineering or multipitch climbs I have been using as a backpack the Simond Alpinism 22.

The Simond Alpinism 22 is designed for climbers, mountaineers and Ski touring use for day-long routes. It is a compact, sturdy, all-purpose bag. Its shape and volume make it suitable for all builds and lets to carry all the required gear for a day-long hike.

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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack

 

I have been using this backpack on many simple hiking day trips, but also on some demanding general mountaineering, winter mountaineering or multipitch climbs such as:


Materials, Design and Features

The Simond Alpinism 22 is a well designed product and the foam-padded back panel with honeycomb mesh provides just enough ventilation to part of back in contact with bag to reduce perspiration. Though, due to the fact this is an old backpack, the ventilation is not enough with today’s standards. The good thing is that the Simond Alpinism 22 is lined with thin structure made of compact foam making it stabler when carrying load.

Padded and mesh lined ergonomic shoulder strap, which fits good enough the contours of shoulders with fixed load adjuster straps. A feature I particularly like is the thumb loop straps to relieve the bag weight on shoulders. Height- and width-adjustable chest strap to prevent the straps from slipping off the shoulders. Adjustable waist strap for better comfort that can be stored in the back if not used.

Side compression straps reduce the volume of the unused pack. There is also a daisy chain that at the front of the pack to carry crampons for example. The Simond Alpinism 22 also provides a front ski loop system that I personally never used and therefore sometimes it was bothering me. There is only one Ice axe loop and buckle and in order to carry my two Petzl Quarks, I needed to do some intervention on the outside of the backpacl.

In addition, The Simond Alpinism 22 has a compartment for hydration pack inside the bag.

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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack Front View
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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack Side View
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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack Back view
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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack logo detail
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Thumb loop strap
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Ski loop system
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Strap that comes within the backpack – Perfect to attach a rope
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Strap that comes within the backpack – Perfect to attach a rope

 


Additional features

The Simond Alpinism 22 has a 26 x 22 cm external zipped front pocket for accessories such as phone, map, GPS and a very useful zipped inside pocket for keys, wallet, ID. In case one is not carrying a hydration bladder, then there is also a large inner pocket in order to store a guidebook and/or even a tablet.

The backpack opens with a 2-way zip. Cord zips with a thermosealed plastic cover to avoid clinking metal zippers.

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External zipped front pocket
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detail
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daisy chain with a cord placed by me
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I have added this tire up so I can carry protection gear such as rock nuts
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Ice Axe loop
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Ice Axe loop

Fit & Comfort

The Simond Alpinism 22 is designed in order to provide comfort and it is very comfortable indeed. I never felt uncomfortable by using this backpack, though, in spring and summer time, I can feel that there is lack of ventilation between my back and the backpack. The waist belt  serves to keep the pack tight against you when you’re climbing rather than to offload any weight from your shoulders.

With modern days backpacks, this backpack is certainly lacking fast accessibility within the internal part of the pack and the front zipped pocket is not very easy to use if the backpack is fully loaded.

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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack fit
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Simond Alpinism 22 Backpack fit

Packability & Transportation

The Simond Alpinism 22 due to the materials used and the way is manufactured can not be packed in small in order to transport it within another backpack. Having said that, I have personally squeezed it in my Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack and my Lowe Alpine Cholatse II several times.

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The Simond Alpinism 22 backpack in action (Vardousia Aris II M2)

Bottom Line

The Simond Alpinism 22 is a great value for money, compact, sturdy, all-purpose backpack. Its shape and volume make it suitable for all builds and lets to carry all the required gear for a day-long hike. It is very durable and is highly recommend it as a second hand backpack. It has served me for the last 8 years and I have just replaced it with a North Face Verto 27Summit Series backpack.


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Disclosure: Product(s) discussed in this article were purchased by Olympus Mountaineering from a retailer. I do not accept compensation or donated product in exchange for media placement or product review coverage.

 

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