Mountain Hardwear Windpack

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Part of Mountain Hardwear’s Objective Series (for climbing, mountaineering, and now snow sports), the medium-volume Windpack is a multi-day ski touring and trekking pack. It features quick-release, side compression straps for ski carries and a removable front pocket/daypack. The suspension system is made up of a HDPE frame sheet with a full perimeter aluminum rod, which can be shaped to the user’s back, a compression-molded foam back panel, a fixed padded hip belt, and padded shoulder straps. A second aluminum perimeter rod on the front compression pocket maintains the pack’s shape and offers load control.

The Windpack also features a bottle opener/tool toggle for attaching gear, a detachable top pocket with three storage compartments, an externally accessible hydration pocket, biner loops, and a small pocket on the hip belt.


Capacity 3050 cubic inches
Weight 4 lbs. 15 oz.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Spend your days in the backcountry moving with the speediness of the wind with Mountain Hardwear's Windpack backpack that provides plenty of easy-access stowing options. Stow essentials for short jaunts from camp in the detachable front pocket that doubles as a yo-yo pack while you keep trail snacks, your map, and GPS at the ready in the zippered side access pockets.

- Mountain Gear

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Windpack Backpack (Spring 2008) Capacity (Medium): 3050 cu. in.; 50 litersWeight (Medium): 4 lbs. 8 oz.; 2.05 kg. Fabric: Body: 420D/96T Cordura Accent: 420D/96T Cordura Dobby Features: HDPE framesheet with perimeter alloy shaping rod provides comfortable load support Thermoformed EVA backpanel ventilates and shed snow easily Dual density shoulder straps Padded waistbelt with zippered stash pockets Dual zippered side access pockets for water bottles, gloves, hats, etc. Detachable front pocket carries shovel, probe and skins and converts to yo-yo pack Quick release ski straps for stable A-frame carry Removable floating lid with three zippered compartments Fold top closure designed for use with top pocket removed Externally accessed hydration sleeve Removable pad straps

- Moosejaw

Pack your weekend touring gear in Mountain Hardwear's Windpack Backpack and seek out fresh tracks. The Windpack's thermoformed EVA back panel keeps your back from sweating up a storm as you break trail, and dual density shoulder straps and a padded waist-belt distribute weight comfortably. This technical pack's quick-release straps carry your skis in stable A-frame style, and the Windpack's detachable front pocket carries your shovel, probe, and skins so you're ready to dig your snow pit and check out the scene. Pull your extra glove liners out of the dual zippered side pockets when it gets cold, and stay hydrated with your water reservoir in Mountain Hardwear's hydration sleeve. This ski pack is available in 48L, 50L, and 54L sizes so you can go light or bring all the gear you need.

- Backcountry Outlet

Mountain Hardwear Windpack


The Windpack has been discontinued.


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

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