User Review: Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32
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.