Mountainsmith Juniper 50
3173ci/52L (Extended: 3600ci/59L)
4 lb. 11 oz.
Good pack at a good value. Spacious, easy to load…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
Good pack at a good value. Spacious, easy to load and unload.
- Detachable summit pack
- Good value
- Easy access to gear, loading/unloading
- Well made
- Straps and back padding not as nice as on the Juniper 55
I bought this pack for my wife to use on light to moderate hikes. She says it is very comfortable and balanced very well. This pack was easy to adjust to her size; she is 5'1" and petite.
This pack has the same duffle zip to main pouch as my Lariat and is a life saver when packing it full or getting to something without unloading the pack. It is quite spacious and holds every thing my wife needs to pack, sized as advertised.
The summit packs we use as day packs and hold far more than you would think, everything for a day hike plus. The summit pack on this Juniper 50 recycled my wife and I both like better than the one on my Lariat 65 and the juniper 55 because it has a duffle type zipper and a stretchy exterior pocket. This makes it handier to use and the exterior pocket packs two 16oz. bottles with ease. Honestly I can fit more in the wife's summit pack then in mine.
The only con I have is the shoulder straps and back padding are better on my Lariat and the Juniper 55 than on the recycled packs. Although the wife says they are still very comfortable even loaded to capacity, in terrain it rides good. The compression straps adjust to different loads very well keeping the pack tight and close.
The construction appears to be as good as that of my Lariat pack both material zippers and stitching. This pack has only been on a few outings so time will tell. If it doesn't prove to hold up over the summer I will update this review, but I have no reason to think it won't.
Where to Buy
Available January 2010. The Juniper 50 women's pack utilizes 21 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. It is sized for week-long or longer backpacking trips with a detachable daypack for shorter excursions.
Features: Detachable summit pack with internal hydration bladder sleeve. U-shaped zippered access into main compartment.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Mountainsmith Juniper 55 Pack for WomenThe Mountainsmith Juniper 55 Pack for Women is designed to comfortably haul heavy loads by efficiently distributing weight, providing better load control and increasing flexibility. A dual-density, compression-molded back panel is channeled to allow air to circulate, keeping your back cool and dry while in the backcountry. You can reach the interior of the Juniper 55 Women's pack through top and front access points. The standard capacity of the Juniper 55 Women's pack is 3539 cubic inches but an integrated spindrift collar expands usable capacity to a full 4332 cubic inches. The height of the top lid can be adjusted to accommodate the expanded collar. A huge "U"-shaped zipper throws the front of the pack wide open, enabling you to quickly put hands on contents without having to completely unload the pack bag. A large front pocket stores additional gear and detaches entirely for use as a streamlined summit pack complete with its own shoulder straps and hydration sleeve. The Mountainsmith Juniper 55 Pack for Women also features a tool and trekking pole mounts, ice axe loops and daisy chain gear attachment points.
Haul more than you ever though possible on your next backcountry trek in the Mountainsmith Women's Juniper 50 Backpack, thanks to the X-Frame Load Dispersion suspension system. This technology, when properly loaded, will effectively and comfortably distribute weight away from your shoulders and towards you hips, while the X-frame configuration behind the molded back panel and the pivoting dual-density hip-belt allow the pack to react to your movements and help you maintain your balance as you step over streams or hike up steep, rocky trails.
NEW FOR 2010! The do-it-all, carry-all Women's Juniper 50 Backpack (Recycled) from Mountainsmith is sized for week-long or longer backpacking trips with a detachable daypack for shorter excursions and summit wanderings. The unique U-shaped zippered access to the main compartment enables fast packing and easy organization for all of the essentials. Made with 450d ReDura, the Juniper 50 utilizes 21 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Save the planet, go backpacking!
- Altrec Outdoors
The Mountainsmith Juniper 50 pack is a do-it-all, carry-all pack of the line, sized for week-long or longer backpacking trips with a detachable daypack for shorter excursions and summit wanderings. The unique U-shaped zippered access to the main compartment enables fast packing and easy organization for all of the essentials. Made with 450D recycled PET, the Juniper 50 utilizes 21 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles. Save the planet, go backpacking!