Mountain Hardwear Trance

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Being new to backpacking I was afraid, I'd pick the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Size: 4500
Number of Pockets: 3?
Max. Load Carried: 40 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0
Price Paid: $90

Being new to backpacking I was afraid, I'd pick the wrong pack. I took two three day hikes in the Northern Cascades and Grand Tetons. The internal frame shaped right to my back. The pack put weight right on my hips. I hear that's what its supposed to do. There are a few simple adjustments if one position gets tiring. The other guy I hiked with was a NOLS veteran and he was jealous of the simple inline design of the pack. No complaints from me yet.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Trance is a technical alpine climbing pack with advanced features which make it perfect for multi-day alpine, backcountry, and climbing trips.


With enough all-around features to leave you in a daze, Mountain Hardwear's functional Trance backpack takes you from hiking path to ski slope to climbing wall with features like gear loops for crampons and skis, carabiner slots at the waistbelt, and a removable top lid for short jaunts. Stow your gear within the sturdy HDPE framesheet with an alloy shaping rod while you keep your back and shoulders comfortable in the EVA backpanel and dual density shoulder straps and waistbelt.

- Mountain Gear

A technical alpine climbing pack at home on ice, rock, or snow. Loaded with features that make the Mountain Hardwear(R) Trance adaptable to deal with changing conditions and route requirements.


CLOSEOUTS . The Mountain Hardwear Trance backpack is designed for mountaineers and alpine climbers seeking a light, highly functional pack. Pack includes a removable padded hipbelt that can be replaced with a low-profile web belt (included) that won't interfere with your climbing harness. Lid with multiple pockets removes to become an ascent pack Removable EVA back panel removes to become a bivy pad Bar-tacked web loops create a three-point haul system Top-loading with drawcord storm shield Crampon-rope wrap under lid Dual ice axe-trekking pole mounts Interior hydration sleeve (bladder not included) Compression straps Two gear loops Fully-adjustable padded shoulder harness Adjustable waistbelt and sternum strap Internal frame Small: Fits torsos: Up to 17 Capacity: 3200 Weight: 3 lb. 5 oz. Medium: Fits torsos: 17-19- Capacity: 3350 Weight: 3 lb. 9 oz. Large: Fits torsos: 19- + Capacity: 3500 Weight: 3 lb. 14 oz. Waistbelt: Approx. 27-48 Dimensions (LxWxD): Approx. 28x12x9 Material: Cordura(R) nylon CLOSEOUTS . Philippines.

- Sierra Trading Post

Mountain Hardwear designed the Trance Backpack for alpine climbers who demand a purely functional, streamlined pack with very little weight. The Trance Backpack weighs only 3lb 9oz (medium size) and can be stripped even further by removing the lid, waist-belt, and back pad. To squeeze the most out of everything, Mountain Hardwear gave the Trance a back panel that doubles as a 38in bivy pad, a waist belt with slots for carabiners to rack ice screws, and a roll-top design that seals even when the lid is taken off. The Trance Backpack is the perfect size for a two- or three-day alpine assault.

- Backcountry Outlet

Mountain Hardwear Trance


The Trance has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$85.00 - $169.00

The Mountain Hardwear Trance is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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