Millet Prolighter 30L Backpack

For year-round summits.

Check out Millet's Prolighter 30 Backpack if you like climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and summiting in the alpine year-round. Designed for a flawless performance in the alpine, the Prolighter's X-Lighter Back ensures freedom of movement from the ascent to the descent, and high-density foam with ventilated channels keeps you comfy through it all. The Continuous shoulder straps work with the padded waist belt to give flexibility and cushy comfort.

The Prolighter 30 styles a traditional top-loading access with two buckles for a secure closure. There's an additional compression strap up top that doubles as a rope-holder when your pack is full of gear. Millet also equipped this pack with an FPP Ergo ice-axe holder, reinforced ski holders, and two zippered pockets at the lid for valuables. Side compression straps secure your load for a solid ski down or a fun climb up.

  • X-Lighter Back panel
  • Continuous shoulder straps
  • Padded waist belt
  • Buckled lid access with storm collar
  • Rope-holder compression strap
  • FPP Ergo ice-axe holder
  • Reinforced ski holders
  • Zippered lid pockets
  • Side compression straps
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Cheap construction

    I've mostly owned Deuter and Osprey packs, and I'm in disbelief at how poorly constructed this pack is. Truly. The buckles, straps, and stitching are just flat out poor quality. I returned it instantly (bought from backcountry via Amazon) because I would never trust this on a multi-pitch climb or carrying ice tools. To top it off it came in a completely different color than what I ordered. More interested in functionality, but still annoying

    Ice climbing Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used this pack in all kinds of ice climbing adventures and this guy performs just fantastic!!

    Good climbing pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great climbing pack. Perfect 30L capacity to fit multiple layers, rack, aid kit, helmet, crampons, food, and water. It has bladder compatibility but I've never used that feature (instead keeping 2 nalgenes inside the pack). The ice axe storage system seems pretty standard on climbing packs these days and works well - I've used it both with the Petzl quark ice tools and with just a single Grivel G1 mountain axe with no problems. I haven't tried strapping crampons to the outside rear of the pack yet, but I believe it's possible with some ingenuity. The shoulder straps are padded and comfortable, as is the hip belt. Two gear loops on the hip belt. Haul loops on the outside rear near the upper ice axe attachment points (I've never used these). This pack accommodates skis via A-frame carry but I've also never used this feature, instead carrying a picket by strapping it tightly to the side of the pack and clipping a carabiner through it and the ski strap. I've carried a 60m / 9.5mm rope by strapping it under the lid and upper compression straps a few times. The pack material seems durable and is still holding up after a lot of abuse.

    There are no water bottle/picket pockets on the sides. This is a double edged sword as the usual mesh pockets usually get damaged quickly, but it's definitely nice to have a water bottle within easy reach. I guess Millet thought most people would make use of the hydration bladder system instead.

    I wish one side of the hip belt had a storage pocket, but that's just me. The gear loops are a bit small.

    The rear ventilation is only decent - your back will get sweaty, but I've never seen a pack that does this well.

    The "hardware" on this pack (like all Millet packs) seems chintzy and cheap. The plastic doesn't "feel" as durable as that on Osprey packs, for instance. It works but it's an annoyance and I will likely replace most of the clips with Osprey clips when I get the chance.

    Surprisingly a 15" laptop fits perfectly in the bladder compartment inside. Great for the airport.

    Overall, I like it and would buy it again. The photo is at Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with a Petzl Quark attached.

    Good climbing pack

    Awesome review Ian, welcome to the Backcountry community, we're happy to have you!

    very helpful review!! any updates? I know this pack isn't exactly "new" anymore, but who says new = better? :)