Mountain Hardwear Phenom

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My go-to climbing pack. I absolutely love this pack!

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


My go-to climbing pack.


  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Ice Tool Attachments

I absolutely love this pack! I've been climbing for over 30 years and have owned packs from all the major players.  This one is my favorite. It's very lightweight for its size and comfortable; I'm 6' and the Large fits me perfectly.

It's the perfect size for a day trip alpine climb or overnight. I can get both ice and rock racks, harness, rope (has rope strap under the lid), winter clothes, and a helmet in with a little room to spare. Highly recommended!


This pack is one of the best I have ever used! It's…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: top
Number of Pockets: 39 liters
Height of Owner: 5 foot 8 inches
Price Paid: n/a

This pack is one of the best I have ever used! It's absolutely phenom-inal. whether I'm using it for canyoneering, climbing Longs Peak or just doing light backpacking this bag is super versatile. I have had this pack for over a year, it's light weight and the best thing with its durable material it still looks brand new even though I've trashed the hell out of it. I wish they would make more packs like this.

Reminder, at first it's a little stiff. Load it with some gear and after a little while adjust it. This pack is highly recommended for canyoneering and is an absolutely awesome alpine pack. This bag makes sure that you don't overload it because of its small size. Only one thing missing and that's gear loops. Overall it's a fantastic pack!

See all of you up top... JC

Retailers' Descriptions

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A sleek and burly alpine pack, the Phenom comes with plenty of features to carry all your gear.


CLOSEOUTS . Designed for mountaineering, alpine climbing and hiking, the Mountain Hardwear Phenom backpack is constructed using a combination of Cordura(R) and laminated VX42 nylons to withstand weather and years of rugged use. Padded back panel with shapable frame sheet optimizes fit and comfort Lid with multiple pockets removes to become an ascent pack Top-loading main compartment with drawcord storm shield Bar-tacked web loops create a three-point haul system Dual ice axe-trekking pole mounts Interior hydration sleeve (bladder not included) Lateral and vertical compression straps Fully-adjustable padded shoulder harness Adjustable waistbelt and sternum strap Internal frame Small: Fits torsos: Up to 17” Capacity: 2200 Weight: 2 lb. 13 oz. Medium: Fits torsos: 17-19 ” Capacity: 2400 Weight: 2 lb. 15 oz. Large Fits torsos: 19- ”+ Capacity: 2600 Weight: 3 lb. 3 oz. Waistbelt: Approx. 27-48” Dimensions (LxWxD): Approx. 20x12x7” Material: Cordura(R) and ripstop nylon with ballistic Cordura(R) nylon on bottom CLOSEOUTS . Philippines. Visit our Backpack Guide

- Sierra Trading Post

Aptly named for its backcountry prowess, the Mountain Hardware Phenom Backpack offers the functional simplicity and durability alpinists desire. For lighter loads, remove the waist belt and floating top lid. Even with the lid removed a fold top closure blocks snow and rain from entering easily. When fully loaded for an overnighter or crammed with climbing hardware for a full day on a demanding route, the Phenom's HDPE framesheet with perimeter alloy shaping rod assist with evenly dispersing the weight to the shoulder straps and waist belt. And for convenient tool attachment, dual Axe-S ice axe toggles offer innovative, quick release access. For an additional 1,000 cubic inches of capacity, be sure to check out the Mountain Hardware Trance Backpack.

- Altrec Outdoors

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Phenom Backpack (Fall 2007) Capacity (Medium): 2400 cu. in.; 39 litersWeight (Medium): 2 lbs. 15 oz.; 1.33 kg. Fabric: Body: 420D/96T Cordura Accent: VX42 XPLY Ripstop Bottom: 630D/109T Ballistics Cordura Features: HDPE framesheet with perimeter alloy shaping rod Dual density shoulder straps Removable 1in. webbing waist belt Durable 420D back panel sheds snow and moisture Removable, floating top lid with two compartments Fold top designed for use with pocket removed Hydration sleeve with right and left side hose ports Dual Axe-S quick-release ice axe toggles Upper quick-release side compression straps

- Moosejaw

A technical climbing pack designed to accommodate the tools and gear required for a big climb or a day in the backcountry. The Mountain Hardwear Phenom compresses down to deal with smaller loads in different seasons or on shorter hikes. HDPE framesheet provides stiffness and distributes load throughout the back panel; fixed suspension. Back panel perimeter rod allows for custom shaping through the lumbar spine and shoulder area. Backpack includes hydration sleeve (bladder not included) with right and left hose exit ports. Removable floating lid with two compartments; upper quick-release side compression straps. Closed cell foam back panel doubles as a bivy sit pad. Double Axe-S ice axe/hiking pole toggles for easy tool access. Bar-tacked web loops create three-point haul system. Removable 1-inch webbing waist belt.


Mountain Hardwear Phenom


The Phenom has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$49.95 - $119.00

The Mountain Hardwear Phenom is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 10, 2010 at

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