Review by: crotch, 2004-02-18
The atom smasher is one of my most versatile pieces of gear. In my opinion this thing shouldn't just be in the "Aid" section but should also be wherever the crag packs are cause this thing is THE BEST CRAG PACK OUT THERE. PERIOD.
For Grade V walls with natural ledges, an Atom Smasher will hold your sleeping bag, bivy, water, pad, food and clothing. Wear your harness and rack, put on your Atom Smasher, and you are set to go. No grievous hauling necessary and it'll force you to pack smart. 1 each for you and your partner and all of a sudden you're a big wall climber.
As a crag pack the Atom Smasher has no peer. Just cut out a thin slice of foam and leave it in the bottom of the pack permanently and you've got a worry-free crag pack that will survive anything. Mine is burly enough to last through many seasons of ass-dragging approaches and descents in Joshua Tree and has been hauled up a couple of walls so it'll survive whatever you can dish out.
Packing advice - Put some clothing (a fleece jacket for instance) between you and the hard objects and it'll carry as well as any Bora Bora Designs pack.