Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80

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


Weight 5 lb 1 oz
Volume 4900 cu in / 80 L
Torso length 17-22 in
Frame type 3mm x 20mm 6061 tempered aluminum stays and 1.5mm HDPE frame-sheet



I just bought this pack and it has everything I need…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $80


I just bought this pack and it has everything I need and more for a 12-day outing. I'm packing with 11 Scouts at Philmont Scout Ranch in N.M. We are hiking over 70 miles. This pack is light weight and will allow me to carry someone elses gear if they go down. This pack is light weight and roomy. Easy access to all of my essentials and first aid stuff used for Philmont Scout Ranch. Large enough for 12 days of camping and hiking.


  • Lots of straps and adjustments for a well balanced load
  • Plenty of pockets for EMT gear and 10 essentials
  • Lots of places to attach carabiners, compass pedometer, etc.
  • Well equipped with tie down straps for a quiet hike
  • Easy acess to all my compartments
  • More room than I'll need, but the weight compensates for that.


  • None so far

Great product. I would recommend it to anybody going out for four days to two weeks. Also supports a Camelbak hydration system.

If you can buy this pack for less than the msrp, which is $349, buy it!! I paid $80 on Craigslist. This pack is made in Colorado. That should be self explanatory. You can't live at 5280' without knowing what you're doing!!


Hands down the best pack I've ever had! Real backpackers…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars


Hands down the best pack I've ever had!


  • top and front panel access
  • super compressable
  • gear loops, tons of pockets


  • Brain not detachable

Real backpackers had to have been instrumental in the design and USA made construction of this pack; every feature I've ever thought would make my life easier or more comfortable while backpacking is featured on this pack! 

Every trip I've taken with this pack has resulted in a travel companion deciding they want one. Only downside is the brain isn't removable to serve as a smaller day-pack, but the pack is so compressible that this is barely a disappointment.

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Manufacturer's Description

The Fifty-Two 80 is the long hauler in our Expedition Series packs. This deluxe pack is built for your week+ adventures and carrying a lot of gear. The sYnc A.C. suspension coupled with the variCant hipbelt will give you a customized fit and keep your back happy under heavy loads.

A large center zip pocket in the front of the pack for extra storage is just 1 of the 12 pockets on this pack that makes stashing your gear a breeze. Like all of our packs, the Fifty-Two 80 has secondary access aside from the top.

We outdid ourselves on this pack by adding a large “U” shaped zipper that opens the entire front panel like a suitcase. Whether you’re traveling across Europe or thru hiking the Continental Divide trail, the Fifty-Two 80 can handle anything you can throw at it.

Main Pack Fabric: 310 denier ripstop Invista Cordura Plus, nylon 6.6, 80g PU/DWR

* sYnc A.C. suspension
* Backdraft Air Channeled backpanel
* Slide n’ Lock adjustable harness
* variCant dual-pivoting/fully adjustable hipbelt
* Back-Hugger ICS
* Deployable accessory pocket w/ hydration holster
* Integrated deployable Packslicker
* Easy access hydration sleeve under the top lid
* 12 pockets + main compartment
* 2 adjustable ice axe loops

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The MHM Fifty-Two 80 Backpack's tech-backed mountain savvy and adventure-ready attitude make it hard to just leave it in the closet. Heed the siren call of this expedition load-hauler--pull it out and gear up for another trip. Its adjustable suspension and supremely comfortable pivoting hip-belt enable you to carry even the kitchen sink comfortably, so beware of fellow adventurers trying to dump their gear on you that their own packs can't handle.


On Sale. Free Shipping. MHM Fifty-Two 80L Pack FEATURES of the MHM Fifty-Two 80 Pack Sync A.C. suspension Air Channeled mesh back panel Slide and lock adjustable harness VariCant dualpivoting/fully adjustable hip belt Back hugger ICS QuickStuff Pack Sack Deployable water bottle holster Top and front panel access External compression straps Easy access hydration sleeve under the top lid Large center zip external pocket with internal divider 8 gear loops 12 pockets + main compartment QuickClip accessory clips 2 adjustable ice axe loops SPECIFICATIONS of the MHM Fifty-Two 80 Pack Volume: 80+10 liter Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz Fits Torso: 17-22in. Number of Stays: 2 Main Pack fabric: 315 denier ripstop Invista Cordura Plus, Nylon 6.6, 80 g PU/DWR Bottom Fabric: 840 denier Invista Cordura HD, Nylon 6.6, 80 g PU/DWR POP Color: 210 denier mini diamond, Nylon 6.0, 40 g PU/DWR Frame Material: 3 mm x 20 mm and 3 mm x 25 mm 6061 tempered aluminum stays and 1.5 mm HDPE framesheet

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