User Review: Mountainsmith Frostfire III
Size: ~7,200 for III
Number of Pockets: 4?
Max. Load Carried: 70 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5'10"
Price Paid: ~$260-$280
It has been a while since I owned this pack, so I don't know exactly how accurate the above information is, but I do remember how disappointed I was in the pack. During my third mountain climbing trip with it, one of the 1" straps that composed its complex suspension system pulled away from the pack cloth, and slipped off the stay. This caused the load to shift noticeably, and by the end of the trip, my left shoulder was ready to fall off.
I exchanged the pack with a Lowe Alpine Contour IV, and have been very pleased with its performance. Later on, I spoke with other climbers that were having the same problem with their Mountainsmith, especially after carrying moderate to heavy loads.
Yes, the Mountainsmith offers a very adjustable suspension system, but be leary of its long term carrying capabilities.