Design: Top loading internal frame with full side access and separate sleeping back compartment.
Size: 55 Liters or 3400 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 2 side mesh and top lid
Max. Load Carried: Not Yet
Height of Owner: 5 10
Price Paid: $75
I have not used this pack with gear yet but I am quite happy with the result of my shopping. I will amend this once I have had occasion to suit up on the trail. The pack is very well built with many adjustable straps separate pockets. I had been going back and forth between this one and the Osprey Aether 60, which has, I think, a slightly better suspension system and is slightly lighter (less durable as well I suspect).
However, this pack has certain advantages (not to mention I got it for 1/3 the price of the Osprey!!). Full zippered side access on both sides, canted mesh water bottle pockets on both sides, separate sleeping bag access with compression, a removable top lid which becomes a fanny pack. In addition, mine came with a pair of trekking poles. The bottom material is 420D so I expect it to take a bit more abuse than the really light packs.
Design: Top and side loading internal frame.
Size: 3387 cu. in
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 25 pounds
Height of Owner: 69 inches
Price Paid: $100
I bought this last year for a hike on the West Highland Way. It worked beautifully. Very comfortable to wear all day and not feel fatigued at the end. Straps adjust easily to bear the load. Water bottle pockets are very easy to reach while walking. Large enough to hold my tent and bag and clothing kit, cooking kit and food, with a ground ad strapped to the outside. Outside shovel pocket easy to access with undoing the whole shebang.
I've used it on a few more hikes since and will continue to use it until it wears out.
Overall, very happy. I'd probably add a few smaller outside pockets, but that's just me.
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The Mountainsmith 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. The top loading panel zip behaves like a classic ruck or switches easily to a gear inhaling travel bag. With up to 2868 cubic inches (47 Liters) of carrying capacity, this bag bridges the gap between extended day pack and weekend warrior. Made with 450d recycled PET, the Approach 35 utilizes 18 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Save the planet, go backpacking!
Bridging the gap between weekend pack and a multiday hauler, the Mountainsmith Approach 35 Pack was built to help you make the transition from company time to the backcountry calendar. Toss your gear into this expandable pack, head for the hills, and let the Approach usher you to your favorite getaway.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Men's Crux Pack (Fall 2007) Streamlined for back country travel, the Crux by Mountainsmith shows no sacrifice when it comes to comfort and load control. Volume: 3478 cu. in. / 57 L Weight: 4lb 8 oz / 2 kg Torso: 18in.-22in. / 46-56 cm Size: 32 x 12 x 13 / 81 x 30 x 33 cm Features: Includes all Key Shared Features Top and side access Separate sleeping bag compartment with internal divider Top lid contains a clear map/valuables pocket and converts into lumbar pack Outer expander sleeve and multiple organization pockets Interior hydration reservoir sleeve with dual exit ports Side and bottom compression Ice axe and daisy chain loops Top climbing rope compression strap Dual water bottle pockets Construction: Twin 1in. 6061 Concave Aluminum stays 420D Nylon Velocity body and 840D Nylon Ballistic fabric with 3xPU coating
The slim Mountainsmith Crux packs along a weekend's worth of gear for peak bagging, with loops for ice tools and a removable lid for day hikes. HDPE framesheet and two aluminum stays give the pack vertical form and help transfer the weight of the load to your hips. Suspension system easily adjusts for a comfortable fit; hipbelt and shoulder straps are lined with moisture-wicking mesh. Padded hipbelt has rigid reinforcements to help comfortably distribute the weight of the pack to your hips. The top-loading pack also features a weather-resistant zipper along the side for easy access to contents in the main compartment. Hydration-compatible design features reservoir pocket and drink tube exit port for on-the-go hydration (reservoir sold separately on REI.com). Large, removable top lid easily converts into a lumbar pack with plenty of space for essentials; underside features a zippered clear pocket for a map. Sleeping bag compartment is externally accessible and features a divider to separate it from gear and clothes in the main compartment. Front stash pocket unzips down the middle to provide quick retrieval of items. Each of the two angled side mesh pockets easily accommodates a water bottle. Multiple compression straps secure both large and small loads for increased stability. Sleeping pad lashing straps let you easily attach your pad to the underside of the pack. Closeout.