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Crazy Idea NRG Backpack

Brand: Crazy Idea
Model: NRG
Availability: Discontinued

Pronounced “energy”, the NRG pack from Crazy Idea is anything but crazy. Non-garish colors, a full checklist of features, and an affordable price make the pack very sensible for skimo racing or light & fast ski mountaineering.

  • Ski carry system that can be used without taking the pack off your back.
  • Durable ripstop nylon feels like it will last longer than some others.
  • Side crampon pocket for quick access to crampons or an extra layer.
  • Mesh shoulder straps and back keep the air flowing while you’re running hot.
  • Should strap unbuckles so you can slide on a water bottle holder.
  • Storage area and loop for partner tow, though no line is included.
  • Dual ice axe holders are great for technical approaches.
  • Internal supports and shoulder feed for hydration sleeves.
  • Built in whistle so you're race legal in Europe.

Note the ski carry system holds skis with tails up to about 130mm, but could be lengthed by changing the elastic cord. The adjustable wrap-around shoulder strap is very long to accommodate wide tips and the attachment clip is easy to operate.

Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
384g
Volume 20L
Access Top & side
Hydration Sleeve & strap-holder compatible
Ski Carry Loop & clip
Shovel / Probe Internal straps
Ice Axe Two cords and velcro loops
Stash Pockets No
Security Pocket No
Team Tether Compatible, tow line not included
Whistle Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Skimo Co Says
Usage Racing, speed mountaineering
Notes Nicely adjustable ski carry system
Bottom Line Solid, feature complete pack
10/26/2019
by Jim Pace (downright abused product)
 
I've had this pack for two seasons now, before Crazy Idea sold them, made under the Ferrino brand. The same pack though. I'd give it 5 stars but for one problem. Your smallish shovel goes inside, held in place by a strap, but the edge of the shovel cuts into the back of the pack. A couple inches of gorilla tape fixes the problem, but seems like a design flaw.

Otherwise, it efficiently everything one wants a large race pack to do. It also is my most comfortable summer hiking pack. I do wish it had two belt pockets though, instead of one. On longer days I add another slide on pocket to the waist belt.
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2/7/2017
Question from Allan M
 
Hi. Im looking for a pack that i can carry as a day pack in a hut trip. I usually use a 70 liter to get to the hut but I'm looking for a lightweight pack that is still a legit ski pack but is lightweight, preferably can be rolled up or made really small to strap to the outside of my main pack but still has enough capacity to carry all the essentials for ski mountaineering. Will this pack fit the bill? Any other recommendations?
2/7/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Allan, yes you could use a race pack for that purpose. The Osprey might roll up a bit better but the Crazy Idea would be a bit more rugged for usage.
2/10/2017
Answer from Allan M
 
Which osprey pack where you referring to?
2/10/2017
Answer from jbo
 
Hey Allan, the Kode race.
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