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Alchemist® 40 Backpack

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Eddie Bauer  

Alchemist® 40 Backpack

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Explain The Alchemist 40L

Live Your Adventure™

2012 Outside Gear of the Year Award Winner.

A tough alpinist pack, our Alchemist 40 has been honed to handle exactly the tools necessary for reaching big objectives. The expandable design hauls what you need to base camp, then straps down into a smaller pack for the final summit push.

"This shape–shifter might just replace every pack you own."

"For sheer day–in, day–out versatility, the Alchemist proved the best of the bunch."
Outside Magazine

As seen in the Men's Journal Gear Lab Collection

"The Alchemist 40L is the most versatile pack available, able to transform itself to fit any adventure. In standard configuration… it's perfect for day hikes and peak bagging. Looking to escape on a longer trip? It morphs into a 55–liter pack capable of swallowing a multi–day trek's worth of gear."

  • Ultralight 210D Triple ripstop and 420D double ripstop nylon with TPU coatingRepels water and resists abrasion without excess weight
  • Integrated BFF Bivy padAdds comfort during breaks, belays, or emergency overnights
  • Compression rodsStabilize and distribute heavier loads for an easier carry
  • Wide–mouth entryAllows fast and easy access to all items inside
  • Expands to 55 litersSecond lid enables overloads or packs inside as hanging pocket
  • Quick–release tool carryProvides easy access to axes, poles, or wands
  • Exterior gear organizerStows pickets, wands, and skis with minimal hassle
  • EVA–molded belt and backProvide support for heavy loads of climbing hardware
  • 100% nylon
  • 4 lb with BFF pad; 3.4 lb without
  • Imported
David Morton

"The Alchemist 40 is simple to use, lightweight and carries heavier loads well. I also can't imagine a better pack for versatility. If you are establishing a high camp and then going for a lighter–weight summit day, this is the expandable pack for you."

— David Morton

David Morton

Review Summary

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Alchemist® 40 Backpack
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sturdy fabric (4)
  • Sturdy zippers (4)
  • Great construction (3)

Cons

No Cons

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5.0

Awesome pack

By Lars

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Submitted during sweepstakes entry time period.

Comments about Alchemist® 40 Backpack:

I bought this looking for a smalle pack for use on ,Rainier. This fits the bill perfectly. Awesome design and great functional details.

  • Gender:
  • Male
  • Height:
  • 6'4"
  • Size Type:
  • Tall
  • What will you be using this product for?:
  • Climbing
 
4.0

One Size Does NOT Fit All & Heavy

By lauravdn

from Utah

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Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • No Side Entry Zipper
    • One Size with No Adjustments

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alchemist® 40 Backpack:

      My iliac crest (pelvic/hip area) measurement is roughly 34". I've had 2 babies so my hips have spread and the rather thin pads on the waste belt just BARELY touched the top/edge of my bone, instead of curving forward and hugging me as I should. Other than that, I am thin/fit for my height. I contacted EB and found despite the ability to EASILY completely remove the hip belt (bonus!), there are no alternative sizes I could order. It would be SO EASY of EB to offer this. The waste strap was plenty big, but the padding needed to be wider toward the front.

      I wished it had better load tightening straps -straight jacket style, as well as a side entry zipper to the main compartment. Heavier than many other packs in similar sizes I tried, but not terribly. I'm getting back in to backpacking after many years away so I'm sure once I get in better load bearing shape I could manage it.

      I really wanted to love this pack. I struggled to decide it wasn't right for me, but it just wasn't. It would be nice to have the adjustable sizing, one bag for multiple uses, but it just wasn't executed well enough for me to keep. I would recommend this IF your hips are narrower than 34" and if you are okay with a little extra weight from the pack itself. Overall, very awesome pack. Love the concept. Hoping the next version will be better.

      6' tall.
      155 lbs.
      17" torso
      34" iliac crest-hips

      • Gender:
      • Female
      • Height:
      • 6'0"
      • Size Type:
      • Tall
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      • Hiking
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      4.0

      Great Pack

      By Greg

      from Georgia

      Verified Buyer

      Submitted during sweepstakes entry time period.

      Comments about Alchemist® 40 Backpack:

      Ordered the pack online since there wasn't one in my local store. The price was excellent since it was on sale. The pack arrived and there was a large cut across the top of the pack that appears to have been made by someone opening packaging with a box cutter. Eddie Bauer was happy to replace. The second bag came in with that same issue, but the cut across the top was much smaller/very minimal. The bag was for a gift and by the time the second one came in, it was birthday time so I haven't returned it. I am sure Eddie Bauer would gladly replace the second bag, but the frustration is that I had to do so in the first place and the replacement was also cut. As for the actual backpack, it is great and my smaller 12 year old son loves it. It holds his one man tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, clothes and food for a 3-4 day hike with no problem. I love that Eddie Bauer gives a lifetime guarantee with their items, but have not yet needed to use it.

      • Gender:
      • Male
      • Height:
      • 5'10"
      • Fit:
      • true to size
      • What will you be using this product for?:
      • Hiking
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      5.0

      Hit the Trails

      By Christy

      from North Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      Submitted during sweepstakes entry time period.

      Comments about Alchemist® 40 Backpack:

      Worked great for my son's recent hiking/camping trip. Was glad he chose the Eddie Bauer Brand!

      • Gender:
      • Female
      • Height:
      • 5'8"
      • Fit:
      • true to size
      • Size Type:
      • Regular
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      • Hiking
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