Ortlieb Elevation Alpine Backpack 42L

42L / Padded back / Waterproof
Weighs 1410g
Code: SS15A179
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Ortlieb's 42 litre Elevation Alpine is a waterproof rucksack with strap lid closure, ideal for mountaineering and alpine use.

Ortlieb says:

The waterproof backpack with lid closure is the right choice for mountaineering and alpine use. The compact pack is made of tear and abrasion resistant nylon fabric, a real gem when it comes to space and carrying your equipment. Stuff that can get wet and must be quick at hand, like e.g. an ice axe, can be stored outside. The air channel contact back system and the anatomically shaped adjustable shoulder and chest straps ensure high carrying comfort on extended trips. The pack is available in two sizes: 32 and 42 litres.


The Elevation Alpine is an alpine-style pack designed for mountaineering, but many of its features would also be well-suited to ski touring. This hard wearing pack is made of PS42R tear and abrasion resistant nylon fabric so can take a lot of wear and tear. It has a comfortable air channel contact back system with adjustable padded shoulder straps and waist belt. The waist belt has two small zippered pockets that could store a compass or food bar. It also has a chest strap which has a handy whistle to use in an emergency.

Feature-wise this pack has everything you could ask for - daisy chains for attaching extra gear, Ice axe/pole loops, multifunctional compression straps and a removable helmet attachment. The main compartment features a zippered inner pocket and a sleeve for hydration bladders, with the hose routing through a sealed port that takes a maximum 10.5mm diameter hose. The bag has a simple to use drawcord closure, stretch fabric and ripstop nylon lid with an internal pocket. If you find your self having to carry crampons you can attach them to the gear slots on the bags reinforced base.

Ortlieb's Elevation Series also make an Elevation Pro ruck sack which is very similar to the Elavation Alpine however it has a flap lid with a large waterproof zip pocket and a roll top closure. Both the alpine and the Pro are available in a 32L and 42L bag. See below for a personal review of Ortlieb's Elavation Pro Rucksack.

- Reviewed by BasecampGear

  • Reinforced abrasion resistant base with strap slots
  • Attachment loops
  • Multifunctional compression straps, e.g for skis
  • Daisy chain, axe and poles loops
  • Helmet carrying system
  • Chest strap with emergency whistle
  • Removable hip strap with zip pockets and gear racks
  • Inner pocket with two compartments, one zippered
  • Hydration tube aperture
  • Comfort back with ventilation channel
  • IP rating: IP54
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  • Capacity: 42L
  • Height: 70cm
  • Width: 32cm
  • Depth: 31cm
  • Weight: 1410g
  • Waterproof rating: IP54


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