OMM Classic 32 pack – Classic Gear Review

I’ve owned the OMM Classic 32 Pack for a fair few years and this piece of kit has suffered hours of abuse under my skill-less needle in preparation for wild camps and never complained. The liner is about shot and one of the pouches won’t zip up and the other repaired by self to close. I’ve lost most of the pole attachments and some of the side bungees only attach in one place, but you can still strap most of the stuff you need on somehow. The wild camp, Carneddau 2006, saw this bag swallow enough gear and food for a 3 day explore of the Carneddau, and I can’t even begin to count the use this pack has seen in day walks and overnighters since then.

Spot the spanking new pack back in July 2006!

Here’s the gallery of horrors…

  • The newer version has changed colour to a school uniform navy, I prefer the sunshine yellow of the original, and now sports a snazzy ‘gear rail’ rather than the bungee of the original. The back padding of the original, after being removed and replaced so often is now next to impossible to get back in place, and is a thin foam. The new one has a different back pad in the form of the much improved Duo-Mat that doubles as a very short sleeping mat.
  • The pack now costs around £60, about the going rate for a decent daypack, but for durability it means this is an absolute bargain. You rarely see these on a serious discount either, always a sign that you’re buying quality.
  • At first it appeared to be rather flimsy pack with the general consensus to use it with a bit of care. I may have been a bit careful for the first few trips, but it was then treated as any old pack and thrown, dragged through mud, over rocks and generally given the crap that a decent daypack should cope with.
  • This is probably the best pack i’ve owned and the only gripe that I’ve got is that it’s unfortunate that omm haven’t scaled it up to 45/50 litres as a lightweight alternative to the Villain.   So it’s now a challenge to see how long this pack last before it crosses the line of being more thread than original pack until it finally starts to fall apart, turn to dust and vanish much in the same vein as staked vampires in just about any film I’ve ever seen.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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