Mountainsmith Auspex

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



The pack has been on a few ventures with me. At 4000…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: internal
Size: 4000 ci
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: ~35-40 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'8"
Price Paid: $90

The pack has been on a few ventures with me. At 4000 ci it fits needs from numerous days to overnighters. It is definitely lighter than most of the other packs with its storage capacity and the suspension works well.

The waist belt is big on me at a 29 inch waist but I just modified it a little bit to make it work for me. Once fit correctly the pack feels great but there are a lot of straps to adjust to get a good fit.

I gave it four stars because its a good pack but the straps and adjustments seem like a little bit of overkill. I would rather have the top be attached as the previous person stated, that would kill off a few buckles and straps not to mention a more user friendly pack. However, it's durable and light. Once the straps are put in position just have to forget about them and they're no big deal. The side pockets hold water bottles and the back webbing holds the tent poles with a sleeping pad wrapped around it perfectly.


It is a decent lightweight pack. Remember though,…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Number of Pockets: 1
Max. Load Carried: 40
Height of Owner: 6'1"

It is a decent lightweight pack. Remember though, this is a bare bones pack. The two complaints I have: If the pack is not completely stuffed full the top comes off of the frame. Second the hood just fits the bag poorly. Really the hood is just designed poorly as it is difficult to remove for daypack use as well. It does have a good suspension though. I did have to modify the belt for my 32" waist but now I am very pleased with the belt.


This pack is irreplacable, even with other Mountainsmith…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: top loading internal
Size: 4200 cu in
Number of Pockets: 3 including 2 mesh ones
Max. Load Carried: 35 lb
Height of Owner: 6' 0"
Price Paid: $175

This pack is irreplacable, even with other Mountainsmith products. It carries a lightweight load perfectly. I have had no problems with it -- it's my go-to backpack that I have tried to semi retire with no success!

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

A slim profile with full top and side access makes life on the trail a little easier. the silhouette of the auspex, the chimera, is the perfect match for active women. Top load access U-zippered access to separate sleeping bag compartment Lid converts into lumbar pack Removable pass-thru side dimensional pockets 2 ice axe loops Interior hydration reservoir pocket with dual exit ports Side mesh bottle pockets Side and bottom compression straps Spinal chimney ventilation

- Moosejaw

Explore the backcountry with a winner of Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award! The Auspex from Mountainsmith surpasses other backpacks with its technically innovative, lightweight, water-resistant and highly durable VX-21 fabric. Brock™ padding on straps, waistbelt and back evaporates sweat quickly to keep body cool. Light aluminum stays and compression straps stabilize load Top loading and side access design Custom fit lid Waterproof zips on lid and side access Expandable water bottle pockets Drawcord bungee Interior hydration compatible Waistbelt: 65” Fabric: VX-21 nylon MEDIUM Fits torsos: 17 to 19-½” Capacity: 3850 Weight: 3 lb. 15 oz. LARGE Fits torsos: 19 to 22” Capacity: 4000 Weight: 4 lb. CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam.

- Sierra Trading Post


- Snow Leopard Mountain Sports

Enjoy comfort and convenience mile after mile with this lightweight pack designed for multi-day to extended backcountry trips. Suspension system with independently adjustable shoulder straps and polyethylene full frame sheet offer stability and customized carrying. Spinal Chimney™ back-panel design uses twin vertical foam pads to vent away warm air and sweat to keep you dry. Mountainsmith's lightweight, three-layer Dimension Polyant Tenacity Nylon fabric resists water, abrasion and UV-degradation. Pack features top-loading and side-zippered access for extensive entrance to all corners of the pack. Mesh side pockets keep trailside essentials with in easy reach; quick-store bungee on the back and lash-on points offer ample storage options. Also has ice axe loops and dual daisy-chain loops for addition lash points. Drink water as you walk--interior mesh hydration reservoir pocket has a shingled exit port to shed rain (reservoir sold separately). Patented Delta Compression System of triangulated straps on hipbelt compresses weight into the lumbar area for a stable, evenly distributed load. Thick hipbelt with closed-cell EVA foam is wrapped in woven, moisture-wicking fabric to reduce clamminess. Get a personalized fit! Frame-width adjustment maximizes shoulder strap performance by customizing yoke fit. Lightweight, waterproof urethane-coated YKK® zippers keep water out of top pocket.


Mountainsmith Auspex


The Auspex has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$129.35 - $199.99

The Mountainsmith Auspex is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 1, 2006 at Moosejaw.

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