User Review: Mountainsmith Frostfire III
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 65
Height of Owner: 6'1''
Price Paid: $277
Hey man, I love my pack. I've had it for 4 years, and it's bomber. The price is reasonable. I heard that they don't make this specific model anymore, but they have others like it.
That isn't to say i haven't had my problems, though. After the first two years of abuse, one of the straps at the top of the stay started to come off, later resulting in breaking a suspension strap on the same trip. Also, marmots like to eat the straps. So a year ago i sent it back to Mountainsmith, and they sent it back with a totally new suspension and strap system, free of charge! you gotta love a company that stands by their product!
I think it was ahead of its time when it came out, and Mountainsmith has learned from their mistakes. I've had the thing stuffed to the gills for multi-day winter climbs, and i've also had to use it for single day climbs with minimal gear in it, and it carries both loads amazingly! The compression straps are in idea places, and the top pocket has tons of room. I have no regrets buying this pack, i'll use it until it or i die, whichever is first!