Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32

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


Weight 2 lb 7 oz / 1.11 kg 2 lb 9 oz / 1.16 kg
Capacity 1950 cu in / 32 L 2150 cu in / 35 L
Dimensions 25 in X 13 in X 11 in / 64 cm X 33 cm X 28 cm 26 in X 13 in X 11 in / 66 cm X 33 cm X 28 cm
Waist Range 28 in - 34 in / 71 cm - 86 cm 33 in - 39 in / 84 cm - 99 cm
Torso Range 16.0 in. - 19.0 in. / 41 cm - 48 cm 18.5 in. - 22.0 in. / 47 cm - 56 cm
Materials 100D Ripstop Cordura® Nylon, 210D HexNut™ Ripstop Nylon, 315D Cordura® Nylon 100D Ripstop Cordura® Nylon, 210D HexNut™ Ripstop Nylon, 315D Cordura® Nylon



This pack has a great frame and fairly decent load…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $100

This pack has a great frame and fairly decent load transfer. It held up fine on various day trips in the White Mountains with lots of steep trails and rough terrain.

I am a big fan of the compression straps. I had absolutely nothing moving around on the trail. The main compression strap with the buckle is great except the material slips sometimes.

The other thing that is a little disappointing is that two of the buckles have already cracked. They are fairly small and a cheap plastic and I have had to replace them.

The other thing to note is that this pack feels a little flimsy with heavier loads, so stick to day trips.


Excellent product: Appears well built, lightweight,…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 55 pounds


Excellent product: Appears well built, lightweight, and fairly abbrasion resistant. Straps and hip belt fit comfortably. The drawcords to tighten up the bag for scrambling/climbing don't appear to do much, though I never felt I needed them.

So far so good. Used on 3 big hikes (plus rail and airport travel to and from) with no signs of wear. Hoping it will last a long time.


  • Lightweight
  • appears durable considering the light weight
  • Excellent fit


  • Maybe too many features
  • I am curious about long term durability as the trade-off for the lighter weight construction

Fit: Excellent fit, good adjustability for straps and hip belt, as well as on the fly compression system.

Comfort: Fits comfortably, padding is adequate, back panel is very comfortable, as well as the padding of the hip belt.

Capacity: good capacity, pockets on lid (both internal and external) as well as external pocket are excellent. Although the name would suggest that this is a 32L bag, if purchased in size M/L it is actually 35L.

Organization and Accessibility: excellent accesibility both from the top as well as from side pocket

Ride: Load is distributed evenly, the corrigated back panel appears to work well. I have never over-stuffed but have filled it to capacity with clothing, food and SLR camera gear which can be quite bulky. It all appeared to be fairly evenly distributed and I never felt it pulling to the side.

Compression: Excellent adjustability throughout, very easy to compress.

Ease of Use: Everything works as expected, but perhaps a little too much adjustability with the on-the-fly compression. I wonder how that will hold up. I typically like simpler designs, but I am pleased with this product.

Features: great ventilation and corrugated back panel, many pockets (inner and outer lid, side access zipper, large front pocket, good deep bottle holders, and pockets on the hip belt), loops for trekking poles and ice axe (excellent, I don't like it when bags give you the option of one or the other). Overall it is a fairly feature-loaded pack especially for a lighter-weight product.

Construction and Durability: So far so good, everything appears to be well made. It is a lighter weight bag at 2lb1oz for size L, so I am suspicious of the trade-off in durability for the cut in weight with comparable bags, but there is nothing that I can fault so far. The materials seem to be of good quality and the construction is solid.

Conditions: Winter hiking in Scottish mountains, and spring hikes on Peak District (UK)

Excellent product, I would highly recommend it.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Mountain Hardwear's Fluid 32 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 BackpackThe Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Backpack is the perfect balance of lightweight, stability and volume. It is fit with a HardWave suspension which conforms to the curve of your back and distributes weight evenly. The pack offers many types of easy access zippered pockets for your essentials. Included are stowable carry loops that will carry any ice axes or trekking poles. The pack has high visibility and safety reflective hits for your safety. It is designed with close fitting suspension with on-the-fly compression and venting channels that will help prevent overheating. The Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Backpack is the one you need for long day trips.

- SunnySports

Daypack on steroids, or overnight pack on a diet' The Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Backpack could easily go either way. Lightweight construction combines with HardWave suspension to comfortably fit the curve of your back and distribute weight evenly. The padded waist belt features convenient integrated stretch mesh pockets to keep your essentials handy, and it is stowable for those times when your load is light and you don't need the extra hip support. Whether you're working up a sweat to do that summit in a day or taking a more leisurely stroll, you'll appreciate on-the-fly compression and venting capabilities. The soft shoulder straps also feature integrated pockets, and they allow ventilation to help keep you from becoming a sweaty mess. Multiple storage pockets keep your goodies organized, and a hydration sleeve allows you to incorporate a hydration bladder into this versatile pack.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Pack FEATURES of the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Pack HardWave suspension conforms comfortably to the curve of your back and distributes weight evenly Close fitting suspension with on-the-fly compression and venting channels to prevent overheating Padded, stowable waist belt adds stability when needed Large stretch mesh pockets on waist belt keep needed items in easy reach Soft, ventilated shoulder straps with integrated pockets for easy-access storage Stash pocket on front of pack keeps jacket or other items close at hand Front panel zippered pocket with additional internal mesh security zippered pocket SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Pack Regular Fit Capacity: 1950 cubic inches / 32 liter Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 800 g Torso Length: 16.0 - 22.0in. / 41 - 56 cm Load Range: 15 - 30 lbs / 6 - 13 kg Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon Accent: Power Mesh

- Moosejaw

Mountain Hardwear Fluid(TM) 32 Pack - Superlight, ventilated, and ultra-stable, this pack is our top choice for moving fast on long day trips and overnighters. Features CoolWave Plus Suspension with air channels and breathable spacer mesh backpanel and lumbar provides excellent load support and great ventilation OTF (On-The-Fly) Compression lets user adjust load stability while wearing the pack without restricting motion Top loader with side zipper for additional access to upper pack Front compression pocket with stretch panels swallows up overloads Padded, ventilated waist belt with zip pockets adds stability and quick access storage Dedicated hydration sleeve with dual zips allows tube to exit right or left Sleeping pad straps double as compression for lower pack Ventilated and soft edge shoulder straps are comfortable on bare skin Super stretchy mesh side pockets offer quick storage/access for water bottles, hat/gloves, etc. Fixed top zippered pocket and zippered mesh security pocket with key clip underneath keeps essentials handy Carry loops for ice axes and trekking poles Reflective hits for high visibility and safety Capacity S/M: 1950 cu. in. / 32 L M/L: 2135 cu. in. / 35 L Weight S/M: 1 lb. 14 oz. / 850 g. M/L: 2 lb. 1 oz. / 0.92 kg.

- Massey's Outfitters