The 2020 OMM Classic 32

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by DannyGeorge, Aug 27, 2020.

  1. DannyGeorge

    DannyGeorge Backpacker

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    I’ve been looking at that this pack recently and was wondering if anyone has any experience with it?

    This revised version looks to have slightly more padded shoulder straps which was a common complaint of the older model along with being prone to twisting.

    At 650g this looks like a great pack with a minimal but sensible design that could be great for ultralight trekking.

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  2. Robert P

    Robert P Section Hiker

    I think someone commented on this in another thread. In reality they are not that light, but do have some useful features, maybe more focused on adventure racing than trekking. The tent stake-attached hip belt looks a bit of a fiddly gimmick to me. I have an OMM Adventure Light 20 and Jirishanca, both of which i like a lot. Personally I'd go for something like an Atom Packs Atom+ or MLD Burn for trekking, but of course the OMM Classic 32 is substantially less expensive.
  3. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    I like OMM stuff but this looks like an odd arrangement

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  4. Matt Chaz

    Matt Chaz Summit Camper

    Got the old version, which i like a lot. Have swapped out the duo mat back pad/ sleep mat for a foam pad with thin wire frame from another omm pack, fits perfectly, weighs same as the duomat, 160g i think, but gives more stiffness/ structure. Comes to 710g i think. Works well for 7kg ish bw plus one/ two days food, bit of a squeeze size wise, no room for cans of beer sadly whisky it is then. Fabric feels a bit vulnerable, mesh side pockets in particular, is more comfy to carry than my durston pack, just wish it was 36/38l. Agree the new hip belt attachment looks like a pita.. if it holds it well enough, guess you wont be taking it off/ on much, so maybe not such an issue? Great weight and price too
  5. vaguehead

    vaguehead Ultralighter

    I like the look of this, it ticks a lot of boxes. Weird stuff: Not sure about the included DuoPad -- it looks too small & thin to sleep on. And I think that's actually a tent peg holding the belt to the body -- why?

    I doubt it would fit me because I have an oddly long back and this is one size I think but a nice design. Personally I'd make the side pocket of solid material, add solid material to the bottom of the back stretchy pocket, add some stretchy shoulder strap pockets, do something with the DuoPad, and get rid of the bizarre tent pegs.
  6. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    It's aimed at the adventure racing nutters who like to suffer :)

    You'd use the pad as part of a sleep system, maybe under a balloon bed, and the peg holding the belt would be used for the shelter setup

    Quite niche but the Classic is a popular choice for racers
  7. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    You’d lose a lot of racing minutes fiddling around with re-inserting those pegs Into the connecting loops. More than you’d be slowed down by the weight of two pegs, I’d wager.
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  8. vaguehead

    vaguehead Ultralighter

    At the end of a nutty day of running around mountains and hills OMM expect their user to take their backpack apart and use the pegs in their shelter. Then in the morning put it back together again. That's just another task, and a pointless one too because no weight saving I can see. Maybe it's so they can use the pockets in the shelter. I can maybe see what they're getting at if it's a means to make a the hip belt detachable, but it's a novel approach I've not seen anywhere else probably for good reason. Personally I'd always want a hip belt on a 32 litre pack so have no need for it to be detachable. But yes it's not aimed at me.

    In some Gossymer Gear and 3FUL packs they also use a removable foam pad as the back panel. It'd be nice to see a pack that allowed you to use every size of foam pad for that, from a sit pad to a thick concertina one.

    I like this pack because it's very lightweight, not made of DCF or Xpac with their cost and durability issues, and nice to see it's British.
  9. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I thought about this, but if you're putting a full length folded pad at say 1cm thick folded into sections with the width of 27cm (GG size) the thickness would be 4cm + which makes the distance between the back and the pack quite a bit and with a heavier weight pack it's best to have the weight as close to the body as possible. A pad is not very rigid so, it would make the pad wobble and move not allowing the pack to tightened down against he body as such. I think the 1" pad is pretty optimal for a pack 'frame'.
  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Not a very trail efficient pack
  11. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    The Duo is a fairly effective insulator but is otherwise a torture device straight out of a medieval dungeon. :)
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  12. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    Haven't done an "adventure race" for must be 25 years, they weren't even called adventure races back then. I do sometimes use my classic 32 pack for weekends away and I like it a lot. I took out the foam pad it takes up too much space and I use a NeoAir pad. I can't see any use for the removeable hip belt, a bit of a gimmick I think. The last think you'd want in an adventure race. Another case of some designer getting over excited with their pet wonder idea.
  13. vaguehead

    vaguehead Ultralighter

    Yep, not as mechanically efficient when the weight's away from the body. But loads of backpack designs have trampoline backs which have the same issue and the advantage is a less sweaty back.

    If a backpack's going to have space for a sit pad to act as a 'frame' and padding then might as well make it so it can take foam sleeping pads of many sizes too because we're takling about tiny amount of extra material. Maybe people don't care that much about the mechanical inefficiency because the weight / distance isn't that great (or ignorance).

    Gossamer Gear are well regarded and they focus on lightweight designs in non-fancy materials. Most of their larger backpacks have stretchy mesh on the back for foam pads:
  14. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    I doubt it's made in Britain though. The last two pieces of OMM kit i've bought were made in China and returned for their poor quality.
  15. kvragu

    kvragu Trail Blazer

    Could someone with an old 32 version measure the back length?
    Edit: got the info from omm, nevermind
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021 at 5:25 PM

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