Mountain Hardwear Drifter Pack
Number of Pockets: 2 (Main Plus Brain)
Max. Load Carried: 45LBS
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $99
I have had this pack for about 2 years, and have come full circle in my opinion about it.
I purchased this to replace my school backpack as well as double as a day pack for hiking, and was originally a bit turned off by the single compartment and big zippers.
However, after I got used to it, I came to love the big rugged zippers, and have never had qualms absolutely yanking on them to get the pack closed. The newer versions actual hip straps are a great improvement, and even though I still just have the nylon strips at the waist, the pack is very comfortable to wear both out and about in the wilderness, as well as lugging books to class.
The upper brain compartment works great to hold a DSLR camera but don't be fooled by its advertisements of having a "Padded Camera compartment", its about the size of a cell phone holder held shut with velcro, and you would be much better off either carrying your camera with you, or chucking it in the brain of the pack.
This is a great backpack. I bought it mostly to carry all my climbing gear around which has worked extremely well for me. It is also a great size for any day excursions and some overnight trips.
The fit is great and the straps are a nice width which makes it comfortable and carries the load for you. The padded pockets on the inside for electronic devices are very helpful as well.
Size: 1900 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 4
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10''
Price Paid: $100
The Drifter held up over a hard month of backpacking through Europe and Asia. The weight distribution was so light, and I could barely tell when I added more and more weight to the pack. The material is durable, and the compartments make getting key things convenient. The protective inner pocket along the spine gave me some security knowing some of the most important things I was carrying were safe. Excellent pack.
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If you're never quite sure where your next adventure will take you, pull on Mountain Hardwear's Drifter pack and know you're prepared. The padded airmesh back panel lets you breathe while the sturdy HDPE framesheet with a perimeter alloy keeps the load stable on your back.
- Mountain Gear
What does today hold for you' Climbing' Hiking' Going from work to workout' Errands' The front-loading Mountain Hardwear Drifter Backpack holds your essentials, whether those include climbing shoes and a rope, lunch and layers, work shirt and gym shorts, or eggs and bread.
Heading to the crag for an afternoon of bouldering or just running errands around town, your climbing shoes and groceries will both be at home in the Mountain Hardwear Drifter Backpack. Available in two sizes, this lightweight, versatile pack, with a large panel access zipper has plenty of places to stash stuff, 2 padded compartments under the top lid for your IPod and camera, a zippered top pocket with key loop, and stretch mesh side pockets with compression straps to cram your rain jacket when the sun decides to come out. The hydration sleeve and zip pockets on the hip belt will come in handy when using this back on a day-hike or extended mountain biking trip.
- Altrec Outdoors
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Drifter Backpack (Fall 2009) The Drifter by Mountain Hardwear is a clean, rugged, front-loading daypack for the active user. Comfortable, S-curve shoulder straps, two padded compartments for cameras and electronics, and a removable webbing waist belt carry comfortably for an afternoon or all day on the trail.Features:Hydration sleeve (bladder not included)HDPE framesheet provides stiffness and distributes load throughout the back panelBack panel perimeter rod allows for custom shaping through the lumbar spine and shoulder areaPadded air mesh backpanel with ventilating channelsPadded S-Curve shoulder straps fit snugly without bindingTwo padded compartments for electronic gearHeadphone portMesh side pockets with compression strapsSpecifications:Bottom Fabric: 630D Ballistics CorduraUsage: MultisportCapacity: 1900.00 in / 31.14 lBody: 420D CorduraWeight: 2 lbs, 7 oz / 1110.00 g