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Sierra Designs Ministry 40 Alpine Backpack
The Sierra Designs Ministry 40 backpack is designed and built with the needs of climbers and ski mountaineers in mind. The Ministry 40 has the fit and features to comfortably carry all your alpine essentials.
The top loading Sierra Designs Ministry offers 40 liters of internal space for your gear with compression straps to cinch the pack down tight. Ice axe loops and a dedicated crampon pocket keep your tools handy and away from ropes and down sweaters. Radio/GPS attachment points place electronics were they are accessible and gear racking options secure protection. An emergency bivy pad is there for unexpected overnights while a three-point haul system and removable waistbelt allows you to use the Ministry as a haul bag. Ski loops allow you to carry skis A-frame style.
Carry: The Fulcrum Suspension System draws inspiration from the human skeletal system. A single stay mimics the human spine while the partial framesheet corresponds to the shoulder blades and pelvis (photo at right). The specially-designed stay is shaped to outperform both flat and hollow stays and rotates with your body. Vertical suspension keeps the pack weight closer to your center of gravity for better balance and the articulating waistbelt keeps the load centered for increased stability while hiking.
Fit: The Ministry 40 is offered in both S/M and M/L sizes to fit the majority of alpinists without swapping straps or molding waistbelts. The articulating waistbelt auto-adjusts for a custom fit while canting shoulder straps match the angle and shape of your shoulders.
Ventilation: With a molded backpanel and dedicated ventilation channels, the Ministry keeps air moving between you and the pack, keeping you cooler on warmer days or during high exertion pushes. Conduits on either side of the pack provide unrestricted air circulation. A split lumbar design draws air up and along the spine.
Ministry S/M specs:
- Torso fit range- 16-18.5"
- Weight- 4 lbs, 9 oz.
- Volume- 40 liters / 2350 cubic inches
Ministry M/L specs:
- Torso fit range- 18-20.5"
- Weight- 4 lbs, 10 oz.
- Volume- 40 liters / 2500 cubic inches