Mountainsmith Inca 45

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I bought the Mountainsmith Inca 45 (regular) with…

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Design: Top-Loading
Size: 2258 cu. in., extended 3417 cu in
Number of Pockets: 7 total
Max. Load Carried: 48 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'7"
Price Paid: $114.95

I bought the Mountainsmith Inca 45 (regular) with weekend backpacking in mind from The price was a bargain at just $114.95. Its maiden voyage was a desert backpack trip of about 5 miles round trip.

Likes: The pack is well made, it has belt pockets, side water bottle pockets (1qt ea), trekking pole straps, a snow board pouch (which also works good for a tarp), ice ax pouches (also good for tent poles, stakes, shovels), it has a sleeve for a 2 qt hydration bladder with a single port, and the top pouch doubles as a day pack.

Dislikes: The pack is a little on the small size, the volume is listed as 2258 cu in, extended at 3417 but the extended size is a real stretch. Also the day pack is not a waist pack, as most are; it's a shoulder pack (which is really hard on your shoulders after a long backpack in). Worst of all the shoulder straps are very hard and tend to rotate out, creating painful pressure points no matter how they're adjusted. I would also say these packs run small, at 5'7" it was a little small for me. With the molded back panel it either fits or it doesn't.

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The Mountainsmith Apex 80 is designed for oversized loads and ambitious outdoor adventures. The largest pack in their All Terrain series is built with separate sleeping bag compartment, front panel pocket/pass through window, side stash pockets, and tool mounts to keep your gear organized and accessible. With up to 96L (extended volume) of carrying capacity, this multi-day expedition pack can handle anything you throw at it. The innovative ICS Cup (Illiac Crest Shelf) hipbelt transfers and locks the pack load onto the hips, the Delta Wing Compression system pull the load into the lumbar region and focuses on the Lumbar Control Point pad on the lower backpanel to fully secure the pack load against the user's major weight bearing point, the lumbar/sacrum region. All this while the Anvil Airway backpanel keeps you cool on the longest trail day.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Women's Inca 45 Pack (Spring 2008) The Inca 45 by Mountainsmith is sized to nest a full set of equipment and designed to provide support and comfort. The Inca 45 is the secret weapon for a technical weekend journey.Features: Includes all Key Shared Features Top load access Floating lid with clear map and valuables pocket converts into a summit ascent pack Hypalon Aframe ski attachment sleeves Bellows dual water bottle/wand pockets Hydration sleeve with exit port Internal white PU coating promotes clear visibility of contents Bottom and top (under lid) compression Dual-density molded back panel and pivoting waist belt Load Dispersion Technology quick adjustment suspension system Construction: Twin 1 T6 6061 Aluminum concave stays Nylon Cordura 210D with 3x PU coating body fabric with 420D bottom 500D Nylon Kodra expander sleeve material YKK Shockonloc buckles and water resistant zippers Hypalon reinforcement Regular Torso: SDT Volume: 2624cu. in. / 43 L Weight: 4 lbs / 1.8 kg Torso: 14in.-17in. / 36-43 cm Size: 26 x 11.5 x 11 / 66 x 29 x 28cm EXT Volume: 4211 cu. in. / 69L Large Torso: SDT Volume: 2746 cu. in. / 45 L Weight: 4 lbs 2oz / 1.9 kg Torso: 17in.-20in. / 43-51 cm Size: 27 x 11.5 x 11 / 69 x 29 x 28 cm EXT Volume: 4455 cu. in. / 73L

- Moosejaw

Mountainsmith's Inca 45 Backpack ia a comfortable climbing pack for women. It features a complete set of features for every alpine pursuit.

- RockCreek