Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32
Excellent product: Appears well built, lightweight,…
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.
- 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.
This pack has a great frame and fairly decent load…
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.
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32L Pack FEATURES of the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32L Pack 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 SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32L Pack Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon Accent: 210D HexNut Ripstop Nylon Bottom: 210D HexNut Ripstop Nylon The SPECS for Small/Medium Weight: 1 lb 14 oz / 850 g Capacity: 1950 cubic inches / 32 liter Torso Range: 16in.-19in. / 41 - 48 cm Waist Belt Size: 28in. - 34in. / 71 - 86 cm The SPECS for Medium/Large Weight: 2 lbs 1 oz / 0.92 kg Capacity: 2135 cubic inches / 35 liter Torso Range: 18.5in. - 22in. / 47 - 56 cm Waistbelt Size: 33in. - 39in. / 84 - 99 cm
Going on a hike without the Fluid 32 from Mountain Hardwear would be like driving a car without wheels. Offering a slew of pockets specifically crafted to hold everything from extra clothes to your sunglasses, the Fluid 32 pack has plenty of storage space for your gear and extras. The added web belt offers excellent support where you need it, and the ventilation system ensures you don't get too hot on those long summer hikes. Throw in a stylish and durable design, and the Fluid 32 can't help but become a staple for any journey. The Fluid 32 can be viewed as the oldest sibling in comparison to the Fluid 18 and Fluid 24 backpacks from Mountain Hardwear. PRODUCT FEATURES: Capacity: Regular 1950in /32L Weight: Regular 1lb 12oz/800g Torso: Regular 16.0"-22.0"/41cm-56cm Load Range: 15-30lb/6-13kg Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon Accent: Power Mesh 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 pockets on front of pack keeps jacket or other items close at hand Front panel zippered pocket with additional internal mesh security zippered pocket
- Appalachian Outdoors
Mountain Hardwear's Fluid 32 is a lightweight top-loader that easily handles a wide range of activities, from short day hikes with lots of gear to multi-day fastpacking trips with minimal kit. On-The-Fly compression locks down the load, so there's no bounce while you fly down the trail, and the CoolWave Plus suspension keeps you cool and comfortable.
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