Mountainsmith’s Ivy (women’s) and Needle (men’s) classic alpine packs are designed to carry skis, snowboards, snowshoes, climbing gear, and backcountry tools with comfort, bombproof reliability, and minimalist design. The packs’ multi-use compression system can carry snowboards and snowshoes (vertically) and skis (diagonally or with an A-frame carry).

The Ivy and Needle both feature gear attachment points on the front side, tool attachment points, and dual ice ax loops that tuck away. The detachable lid converts to a lumbar pack and there’s a gear loop inside the lid and dual-collared storm shield with draw cord closure. Hydration-compatible with a single exit port, the Ivy and Needle have hydration sleeves and a bite-valve catch on their sternum straps.


Small 12-16" torso
- Capacity 1526 cu in / 25L (extends to 1709 cu in / 28L)
- Weight 2 lbs 10 oz / 1.19 kg
Regular 15-19" torso
- Capacity 1770 cu in / 29L (extends to 1953 cu in / 32L)
- Weight 2 lbs 12 oz / 1.25 kg

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Mountainsmith Ivy


The Ivy has been discontinued.


The Mountainsmith Ivy is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 28, 2015 at

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