ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 5 lb 4 oz
Capacity 5500 cu in
Fabric Nylon Ripstop Top - 1000D Bottom
Fits Torso 17 in to 23 in
Number of stays 2
Frame Material Aluminum
Access/Loading Top
Sleeping Bag Compartment Yes



This bag is huge. I have never filled to where I can…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $120.99

This bag is huge. I have never filled to where I can fit no more.

It is simple. It has a top compartment that turns into a fanny pack a sleeping bag compartment then 2 zippered pockets that you could put your headlamps etc. 2 straps on each side of backpack where you could put your tent or chair.

I love it and it is just a simple bag that meets my standards.


I would say this is a very good pack for the money.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: top-loading internal
Size: 5500
Number of Pockets: 8
Max. Load Carried: 50 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: $95

I would say this is a very good pack for the money. It has a ton of space and seems to be able to carry a heavy load without issue. Has a large pocket on top which is very convenient to separate the gear so you don't have to rummage around the main compartment. It also converts into a fanny pack for the day hikes.

Lots of ways to attach your gear to the outside too. The pack is comfortable and easy to adjust for your particular body type.

The weak point is the two small pocket zippers. They probably should be larger and more robust. This also makes it a little difficult to operate in the cold. I would not call this a major complaint, especially for the price.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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There's a reason ALPS Mountaineering calls this thing the Denali Backpack-it's pretty frickin' huge. If you pack it correctly, you could take this pack into Denali National Park with your sleeping bag in the zippered bottom compartment, and your tent, layers, and bear canister in the top-loading main section. Stash a reservoir in the hydration pouch and a rain jacket in one of the two front pockets-because in AK, it's probably going to rain. But no worries-ALPS Mountaineering integrated a rain fly to keep year gear dry. Two-layer foam on the shoulder harness and a plush Hip Hugger waist belt help you carry a heavy load comfortably. The Denali adjusts quickly and easily to fit torsos between 17-23 inches.

- Backcountry Outlet

The Denali is a great internal to take along on all your backcountry treks The Denali was designed with features to make your hike more enjoyable Beyond the easy to adjust suspension system, front and side pockets, and hydration pocket and port, you can also find auto-adjust load lifters, an internal horizontal divider to arrange your gear, and extra large #10 zippers on the lower door Allof these features will ensure that you're ready for a successful and organized hike Our Denali has our Comfort Glide Suspension System This adjustment systemwill allow you to adjust to that perfect point The SoftEdge shoulder straps have 2 layers of foam to give you maximum comfort The modular waist belts have 2 layers of foam for maximum load carrying capabilities combined with the ultimate in comfort The Air Mesh on the inside of the belt stretches with the foam so there are no wrinkles to rub against your body So now you're ready for your trip and your pack is full, but you still have a few things to take along don't worry! The top of the Denali pack extends with a spindrift collar, so you can "over pack " The top pocket adjusts up and down to keep it inthe correct position and we've included an "Over the Top" compression strap to stabilize your extra gear When it's time to drop the internal and adventure onto a smaller trail, don't worry about bringing along an additional small fannypack, because our top lid converts to a fanny pack If that's not enough, the rain cover is INCLUDED! You don't have to worry about spending additional money on accessories; you can find it all in the Denali This internal is a great exampleof what ALPS Mountaineering is all about giving you great gear at an affordable price

- SunnySports

Rugged enough for alpine trekking yet easy on your pocketbook, the Alps Mountaineering Denali pack is a smart choice. Top-loading pack features an extendible lid and cinchable spindrift collar for large loads. Removable top lid doubles as a waistpack for short jaunts when you don't need a lot of gear. Hydration-compatible design features hook to hang reservoir pocket inside and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Side compression straps cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. 2 zippered front pockets keep small, essential gear within easy reach. Side mesh pockets secure standard 32 oz. water bottles (water bottles not included). Adjustable suspension system allows quick, easy adjustment of torso length to personalize the fit. Back panel, shoulder straps and waistbelt feature padded, moisture-wicking fabric to enhance cooling comfort on the trail. Bottom zippered opening offers easy access to sleeping bag or gear at bottom of the pack; cinch cord divider separates contents from main compartment. Detachable raincover in lower compartment can be deployed to protect your pack in sudden downpours. Features dual gear loops and daisy chain. Special buy.


CLOSEOUTS . Designed for the serious backpacker, ALPS Mountaineering's Denali 5500 backpack features tremendous storage, comfort and durability for far-reaching journeys. Hip hugger waistbelt with mesh and two layers of foam for maximum carrying capability and comfort. Available Colors: OLIVE.

- Sierra Trading Post

ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500


The ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen December 9, 2013 at Sierra Trading Post.

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