- Capacity is 30L folded, and 42L in overload mode
- Weight is 1.085Kg, and can be stripped to 0.950 Kg
- Carrying capacity is unlimited (well, realistically everything has a limit, but I like a challenge)
- Height of the bag when folded is 559 mm
- Height of the bag when in overload mode is 749 mm
- Circumference at the top is 934 mm
- Circumference at the bottom is 880 mm
As an instructor, and obsessive mountaineer/climber, a bug bear of mine is buying kit/equipment that does not last. When it comes to rucksacks, I have been through 5 of them in the last 4-5 years. Mainly because these are designed with less than sufficient materials, to withstand the abuse these are designed for. I am not professing to have experience with all brands of rucksacks out there.
So, I recently came across a new brand of rucksacks on the market from Built To Send. And I was very intrigued by their engineering-led design. They state that their rucksacks are “the strongest on planet earth” and “bombproof”. So, of course I had to put this to the test. Here we have reviewed the Built To Send X2 rucksack.
Several things that immediately stand out on this rucksack, is the material used for the bag. Made from an expedition grade composite VX42 X-Pac fabric. This fabric is highly abrasive and tear resistant. Making it the perfect partner when you are climbing with your rucksack, in summer or winter. Especially in areas with more abrasive rock, like granite.
Another benefit of the X-Pac VX42 fabric used in the Built to Send X2 rucksack, is that it is waterproof. Although the rucksack is not waterproof, as the seams are not taped. You do have the option to seal the seams. As one of the only rucksacks on the market, where the seams are hidden, which gives you the option of waterproofing them. This would be a very costly process, and may make the rucksack out of people’s affordability.
In combination with the monoshell design and the V92 bonded polyester thread, these ensure the bags’ weather-proofness. Making this an ideal rucksack for all weather conditions. Just make sure you use waterproof storage bags when the forecast is horizontal rain.
The haul handle on the Built to Send rucksack is bigger than any rucksack I have ever encountered. Making the moving and shifting around a lot easier, as you can fit your whole hand comfortably inside it. It is also rated, and doubles up as a haul loop. For those times when you absolutely do not want to climb with a rucksack on. It can be used as a mini haul bag. And because the bag is made of a very strong material, it will just put up with it.
Whether hillwalking walking in Northern Wales, winter climbing in Scotland, ice climbing in Cogne or the Rocky mountains, cragging at Bosigran, tackling North faces in the Alps or big walling in Yosemite. The Built to Send X2 rucksack is the workhorse of rucksacks, that you will carry with pride and reassurance.
The Built to Send rucksack is a mono shell design. Meaning it is made from one piece of fabric. Which results in fewer seams. Fewer seams, means less to go wrong. A thread of 16lbs breaking strength has been used, and they have triple stitched these. To add to this, they have doubled up the fabric on the bottom of the rucksack. All adding to the longevity and durability of the Built To Send rucksack.
The roll top design, gives easy access to the rucksacks content. Which can save a vital few seconds, especially when you need quick access. The way the roll top is tied down, is by using two straps with a buckle each and tied to the straps at the front (see picture). This gives you the option to tie these on the rucksack, depending on how much you have filled it. For example, on the approach the bag may be filled to the top. Then when you set off to go climbing, most of the gear has been taken out. You then can attach the buckles lower down on the rucksack, compacting it. Which leaves less to get caught on a route.
Depending on how you travel, you have the option to add or take away some of the straps. Whether you want to attach ice axes, skis, or crampons, it gives you the option.
Also, a funky thing is that you can have the option where you put the side straps. Which is great. So, depending on what you choose to secure to the side of the rucksack, you can adjust the straps accordingly.