User Review: Mountainsmith Frostfire III
Design: Internal frame
Number of Pockets: 3
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs.
Height of Owner: 6'0"
Price Paid: $280
This backpack proved to be too flimsy for my style of abuse. It seems like something on it broke every time I used it.
The very first time I used the ice axe loops, they broke. Those neat height adjustment straps which loop around the tops of the frame members would constantly slip off, until I finally duct-taped them into submission. One of the four main compression straps at the sides of the pack also broke. And the little loop in back where you lift the pack when putting it on broke as well. The shoulder straps will be the next to go, if I ever use the pack again. And the thin fabric wears through easily. I have a few holes where none should be.
I just bought a North Face pack (used; I have no clue which model it is); it seems to be far more durable than the Mountainsmith Frostfire III. I haven't properly beaten on it yet though, so any reviews will have to wait.