Mountain Hardwear Foray

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4-star:   1
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I bought this pack after reading several reviews that…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $70

I bought this pack after reading several reviews that it was a good size for multi-day trips.  Anyone who can pack this bag for a multi-day trip is either a supreme minimalist who lives on powerbars and olive oil shots or has tons of money to spend on the absolute smallest, lightest, and newest gear available.   

I have given it several chances to prove its worth, in each situation it failed.  

Attempt #1: I originally tried to pack it for a two night Grand Canyon hike along the main corridor trails. 

Outcome #1: FAILED.  As soon as you put in a three liter hydration bladder there is no room left for anything else.  I had to re-pack into my older EMS Long Trail, which fit everything fine. 

Attempt #2: Packed it for an attempt at a 10,000'+ peak in the California Sierras. 

Outcome #2: FAILED.  Pack was too small for a bearbox (Garcia) and hydration sleeve.  I had to re-pack into my EMS Long Trail. 

Attemp #3: Two day trip into the Yosemite backcountry.  Outcome #3:  MARGINALLY SUCCESSFUL.  The pack was stuffed to the gills so tightly inside like a jigsaw puzzle that if you misplaced any piece of equipment nothing else would fit.

I am glad I bought this on a 35% off coupon from Sierra Trading Post and didn't waste much money on it. I don't know how anyone can use this for more than an overnight pack.  I use compressor packs, repackage all my food, and wear the same stinky clothes for days on end. 

This bag is nothing more than a glorified daypack.


The first thing I did when I got home was to load…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: foray
Size: meidum
Max. Load Carried: 32lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft10in.
Price Paid: $134.50

The first thing I did when I got home was to load the Foray. After 3 different ways I found that loading the bag center heavy seemed most comfort for me. Love this bag, wish it had entry to inside other than just through the top.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

CLOSEOUTS . If you're headed for the backcountry or trekking above timberline, the Mountain Hardwear Foray is your backpack. Designed for mountaineering, alpine climbing and backcountry skiing, the Foray offers the Fit-Lock adjustable shoulder harnesses for personalized load distribution. Top-loading main compartment with drawcord storm shield Dual-access front storage compartment Detachable lid with cargo pockets Interior hydration sleeve (bladder not included) Dual ice axe-trekking pole mounts Side stow pockets Padded, Air Mesh back panel Padded shoulder straps and waistbelt Sternum strap Internal frame Small: Fits torsos: Up to 17 Capacity: 3250 Weight: 3 lb. 10 oz. Medium: Fits torsos: 17-19- Capacity: 3400 Weight: 3 lb. 14 oz. Large: Fits torsos: 19- + Capacity: 3550 Weight: 4 lb. 2 oz. Waistbelt: 27-48 Dimensions (LxWxD): Approx. 27x12x8 Material: Cordura(R) and ballistic Cordura(R) nylon CLOSEOUTS . Philippines. Visit our Backpack Guide

- Sierra Trading Post

The Foray is a large volume sport pack for overnight hikes or long days in the backcountry. Fit-Lock shoulder straps distribute load off the torso and reduce fatigue, and the dual-density foam hip belt carries easily around the waist. Strategically placed mesh back panel circulates air and keeps you comfortable.

- Altrec Outdoors

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Foray Backpack (Fall 2007) Capacity (Medium): 3400 cu. in.; 56 litersWeight (Medium): 4 lbs. 4 oz.; 1.93 kg. Fabric: Body: 420D/96T Cordura Bottom: 630D/109T Ballistics Cordura Features: Fit-Lock adjustable shoulder straps HDPE framesheet with perimeter alloy shaping rod Air-mesh back panel promotes ventilation Dual density foam hip-belt with carabiner slots Removable, floating top lid with two compartments Fold top designed for use with pocket removed Large front pocket with two access zippers Zippered side pockets with wand pocket behind Hydration sleeve with right and left side hose ports Dual Axe-S quick-release ice axe toggles Quick release pad straps

- Moosejaw

Description of Mountain Hardwear Foray A large volume Mountain Hardwear sport pack, the Foray is ideal for overnight hikes or long days in the backcountry. Fit-Lock™ shoulder straps distribute load off the torso and reduce fatigue, and the dual-density foam hip belt carries easily around the waist of the Mountain Hardwear Foray pack. Mountain Hardwear strategically placed a mesh back panel that circulates air and keeps you comfortable. A hydration sleeve (bladder not included) with right and left hose exit ports kees you hydrated on the trail. Double Axe-S™ ice axe / hiking pole toggle are included on the Foray pack for easy tool access. Mountain Hardwear uses a HDPE framesheet to provide stiffness and distribute your load throughout the back panel. The Foray has a back panel perimeter rod that allows for custom shaping through the lumbar spine and shoulder area. Conquer your destination with your gear protected in the Mountain Hardwear Foray Pack. Features: U

- US Outdoor Store

Air mesh padded back panel promotes ventilation, keeping your back cool on hot summer hikes. Dual Axe-S toggle holds an ice axe or trekking pole securely, yet releases quickly on demand. Dual-density foam waistbelt includes carabiner slots and offers comfortable support for heavy loads. Each zippered side pockets has a wand pocket behind it for storage of tent poles, trekking poles or probes. HDPE framesheet features a perimeter alloy shaping rod that helps transfer load to the waistbelt. Hydration-compatible design features a reservoir pocket and twin drink-tube exit ports for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately). Large front pocket with twin access zippers can hold small, often used essentials. Mountain Hardware introduces a backpack with an advanced suspension that can haul heavy loads comfortably on multiday trips. Removable top pocket lets you streamline the pack when trip requirements allow a smaller load. The Fit-Lock adjustable shoulder straps accommodate a wide range of body sizes. Top-loading main compartment features a folding collar that rolls down dry-bag style to seal contents from the elements.


Mountain Hardwear Foray


The Foray has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$89.95 - $178.95

The Mountain Hardwear Foray is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 4, 2009 at Sierra Trading Post.

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