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Mountainsmith’s Needle (men’s) and Ivy (women’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 Needle and Ivy 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 Needle and Ivy have hydration sleeves and a bite-valve catch on their sternum straps.
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The Mountainsmith Approach 40 is the quintessential, do it all pack. The convenient panel load style and carry on size make this the perfect travel piece for weekend get aways while the backcountry features and technical suspension allow this backpack to shine on gear intensive day hikes and fast overnights. The 40L size is best suited for small and medium torso users. The innovative ICS Cup (Illiac Crest Shelf) hipbelt transfers and locks the pack load onto the hips, the Delta Wing Compression system pulls 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.
A classic alpine style, updated with todaya s best materials and technology. Designed for the man carrying skis, climbing gear and backcountry tools who wants comfort, bomb-proof reliability and minimalist design. Features Details Specifications Hydration compatible with single exit port Full width hydration or layers sleeve Gear loop inside of the lid Dual ice axe loops that tuck away Gear attachment points on the front side Diagonal ski carry A-frame ski carry Vertical snowshoe & snowboard carry Multi-use compression system holds snow boards and skis Dual collared storm shields with draw cord closure Tool attachment points Mesh sleeve on the waist belt Pivoting waist belt with dual density foam Channeled air mesh back panel Elastic sternum strap and bite valve catch Small rain cover fits this pack Size: Large Torso Dimensions 28'' x 12'' x 11'' 71 x 30 x 27 cm Weight 2 lbs. 12 oz. 1.25 kg Volume 2136 cu. in. 35 L Fit Range 18'' - 22'' 45 - 56 cm Extended Volume 2319 cu. in. 38 L Size: Regular Torso Dimensions 27'' x 12'' x 11'' 68 x 30 x 27 cm Weight 2 lbs. 8 oz. 1.13 kg Volume 2075 cu. in. 34 L Fit Range 15'' - 19'' 38 - 48 cm Extended Volume 2380 cu. in. 39 L
- Massey's Outfitters
Dawn-patrol ski tour? Day of backcountry snowboarding? Ice climbing for the weekend? You can do it all with the Mountainsmith Needle Backpack. This versatile pack includes attachment systems for nearly any method of backcountry travel, so whatever you want to do in the snowy world, you can do it without having a fleet of bags. Despite all the features, the Mountainsmith Needle Backpack maintains a very clean profile-just what you want for moving quickly through the mountains.
- Backcountry Outlet
CLOSEOUTS . Mountainsmith's Needle backpack, designed for the snow sport enthusiast, offers attachments for skis, snowboards and climbing gear for portability, comfort and ease. Hydration compatible with single exit port Dual ice axe loops that tuck away Gear loop inside lid Gear attachment points on front Tool attachment points Diagonal ski carry and A-frame ski carry Vertical snowshoe and snowboard carry Multi-use compression system holds snowboards and skis Dual collared storm shields with drawcord closure Detachable lid converts into lumbar pack Mesh sleeve on waist belt Pivoting waist belt with dual-density foam Channeled Air Mesh back panel Elastic sternum strap and bite valve catch Internal frame Large: Fits torsos: 18-22” Size (LxWxD): 28x12x11” Capacity: 2136 cu.in. (2830 cu.in. expanded) Weight: 2 lb. 12 oz. Regular: Fits torsos: 15-19” Size (LxWxD): 27x12x11” Capacity: 2075 cu.in. (2319 cu.in. expanded) Weight: 2 lb. 8 oz. Material: Velocity nylon with ballistic nylon reinforcements Single aluminum stay CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam.
- Sierra Trading Post