Mountainsmith Approach 35

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Specs

Volume 2135ci/35L (Extended: 2868ci/47L)
Weight 3 lb. 6 oz.
Torso 17”-22”

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I had relatively high expectations for this pack...

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $119

I had relatively high expectations for this pack... maybe it was just environmental optimism.

Use: Travel around Korea, China, Bangkok.  Lots of walking involved, some plane travel.

Performance: Did ok on the plane.  I was able to wrap up the shoulder straps, belt, and extra securing straps around and tie them together.  I didn't need to use a cover or bag or anything.  Not good otherwise. 

It was awful as a pack for walking and convenience. The outside pocket/minipack was not practical. I don't understand why it was even designed as a mesh... it doesn't expand, and when the outside section carries anything of substance, the securing straps MUST be attached or the whole thing sags which defeats the whole purpose of convenient access.

The frame engineering is really a marvel.  I don't know if they even tested this pack or just thought "sure that looks alright".  The pack has an arced molded frame around the outside that puts extreme stress on the exterior fabric at its top.  Because of this it also developed an uneven wear which makes it sit crooked when worn now.

Waist belt is well padded and can be secured well, but it's attachment to the pack itself is ridiculous.  It's slipped into a section along the molded back panel, and doesn't offer any stability, weight bearing capacity, or even comfort.

Until Mountainsmith revises the design of this pack, I would not recommend it.

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Manufacturer's Description

Available January 2010. The Approach 35 utilizes 18 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Sized for extended day trips.

Features Delrin Hoop suspension system, panel loading, expandable front panel stash pocket, zippered top load access, internal hydration bladder sleeve with exit port, trekking pole mounts and ice axe and tool loop.

Add the shoulder strap attachment loop for Mountainsmith camera cases and these packs are feature-rich for both travel and trail.

Visit Mountainsmith's Approach 35 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Mountainsmith Approach 40 BackpackThis new updated and versatile Mountainsmith Approach 40 Backpack has the organizational and performance features you need for weekends in the backcountry, technical day hiking and extended travel. Confirming load-hauling enactment, the Approach 40 has rough suspension features found usually only on large capacity backpacks. A single aluminum stay and PE frame sheet work in tandem with a compression molded back panel to provide load stability by moving weight to the Approach 40's padded, removable waist belt. The fit of the suspension adjusts to accommodate chest lengths ranging from 15 in.to 19 in. Adjustable shoulder straps, load-lifter straps and an adjustable sternum strap further enhance fit and comfort. The Delta Wing Compression system from the Mountainsmith Approach 40 Backpack pulls the load into the lumbar region and focuses on the lumbar control point pad on the lower back panel, to fully secure the pack load against the user's major weight-bearing point, the lumbar-sacrum region. All this while the Anvil Airway back panel keeps you cool on the longest and warmest trail day.

- SunnySports

The most versatile of Mountainsmith's all terrain packs, the Approach 35 performs seamlessly on the trail or on that next big travel adventure. Its FAA carry-on size let's you go from airport to Andes with no repacking in-between. Mountainsmith's unique top loading panel zip behaves like a classic ruck or switches easily to a gear inhaling travel bag. With up to 47L of carrying capacity, this bag bridges the gap between extended day pack and weekend warrior. Made with 450d ReDura , the Approach 35 utilizes 18 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Save the planet, go backpacking! PRODUCT FEATURES: Delrin Hoop Suspension System Unique clamshell panel loader Expandable front panel stash pocket Zippered top load access makes ideal for travel or trail Compression molded back panel with contoured lumbar support Elastic sternum strap and bite valve catch Removable safety whistle Shoulder strap attachment loop for Mountainsmith Camera cases Internal hydration bladder sleeve with exit port (bladder not included) Side compression straps with quick-release hardware Trekking pole mounts Ice axe & tool loop Dimensions: 23.25 x 9.5 x 11.75 in. Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz. Volume: 2135 cu. in. Fit Range: 17 - 22 in.

- Appalachian Outdoors

NEW FOR 2010! The most versatile all terrain packs, the Approach 35 Backpack (Recycled) from Mountainsmith performs seamlessly on the trail or on that next big travel adventure. Its FAA carry-on size let's you go from airport to Andes with no repacking in-between. This unique top loading panel zip behaves like a classic ruck or switches easily to a gear inhaling travel bag. With up to 47L of carrying capacity, this bag bridges the gap between extended day pack and weekend warrior. Made with 450d ReDura, the Approach 35 utilizes 18 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Save the planet, go backpacking!

- Altrec Outdoors

Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Approach 35 Backpack - Recycled DECENT FEATURES of the Mountainsmith Approach 35 Backpack - Recycled Independently adjustable dual density shoulder straps X-Frame Load Dispersion Suspension System Compression molded back panel with contoured lumbar support Elastic sternum strap and bite valve catch Removable safety whistle Shoulder strap attachment loop for Mountainsmith Camera cases Internal hydration bladder sleeve with exit port Anti-sag hydration bladder harness Pivoting dual density waistbelt for optimal load transfer Side Compression straps with quick-release hardware Side Compression straps reconfigure for vertical snowboard/snowshoe carry across Front Panel A-Frame Ski Carry Trekking pole mount(s) Ice axe and tool loop(s) Bottom panel compression straps Side panel accessory pocket(s) fit SIGG and Nalgene style water bottles Top mount compression strap for rope or accessory carry Front panel expandable sleeve/shovel pocket Adjustable height top lid Sewn-in fitting instructions under top lid Zippered map pocket under top lid Expansion collar with draw cord closure for increased carry capacity Haul handle Interior key clip Delrin Hoop Suspension System Unique clamshell panel loader Expandable front panel stash pocket Zippered top load access makes ideal for travel or trail The SPECS Hypalon reinforcements Twin T6 1in. 6061 concave aluminum stays Bar tack reinforcements YKK Zippers 3M Reflective Cord Fit Range: 17in. - 22in. / 43 - 56 cm Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz / 1.5 kg Volume: 2135cubic inches / 38 liter, Extend Volume: 2868cubic inches / 47 liter Dimension: (L x H x D): 23.25 x 11.75 x 9.5in. / 86 x 33 x 26 cm Fabric: 450d ReForge PET body fabric (100% Recycled), 420d Nylon Velocity body fabric, 840d Nylon Ballistic reinforcements, 210d RipStop Liner

- Moosejaw