I found this at for $35. I bought it because…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: top loading
Max. Load Carried: about 12 pounds
Height of Owner: 5'-10"
Price Paid: $35

I found this at for $35. I bought it because I was recovering from some minor surgery which prevented me from wearing a conventional backpack. I loaded it with my tarp and footprint, extra clothes, some food. I carried my sleeping pad rolled through the elastic straps and cinched my sleeping bag on top through the handle.

All in all, I loaded this little pack up with about 12 pounds (two Nalgenes full of water in the mesh pockets also). I hiked with it so loaded for a weekend hiking trip, and was extremely satisfied with its performance. It handled that load surprisingly well just on my hips and the pack part of it fit nicely in the small of my back.

It's hardy and well worth the $35 I paid for it. It is a bit heavy just on its own and I would think about clipping out the inside pockets and divider in order to cut some weight.

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Mountainsmith Cairn II


The Cairn II has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$54.95 - $99.99

The Mountainsmith Cairn II is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 8, 2008 at Moosejaw.

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