Price Paid: $103
It's truly a shame this backpack has been discontinued by Mountainsmith. As of 1-28-06, Paragon still had some left in stock. The pack uses the latest Cordura stuff which is really sturdy yet amazingly light. The pack is long and slim so is good for tight spaces. One thing I like is it compacts well when empty -- no wrinkles and folds.
Even though the pack is barely 2 lbs. the straps are thick and beefy. I don't know how Mountainsmith does it. The later models (>2003) have a Delrin loop around the periphery to help the pack maintain shape. What I like is the lower strap can compress the pack while enabling access to the water bottle pockets, and the strap is great for securing stuff like umbrellas from falling out.
Other major improvements on the later packs are a taller hydration pouch inside, load lifters on the shoulder straps (something you'd never see on a pack this size!), and more stitching to prevent wandering of the straps that hold the sternum strap.
Unfortunately, the later packs do not have waistbelts which can take the ole SK bottle holders and pouches, but I was able to rig them up to it anyway :-).
There is a lot of room inside the pack, more than you would expect from 1720 cubic inches, and the outside pouch is roomy enough to hold jackets or large 8.5x11 map books.
This pack just rocks! I stockpiled three of them before they are gone. It's the best 1700 cubic inch pack I've seen at carrying heavy loads and is about a lb lighter than most on the market.
Design: Fromt loading Rucksack
Size: 1800 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 3 + 2water pockets
Max. Load Carried: 52 pounds
Height of Owner: 5.11
Price Paid: $109
Great pack!!! I have carried it for two years and have not had a single problem with it. Its light weight and versatility are awesome! I have carried this pack in Southern Utah, Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, Maine, New Hampshire, and the Appalachians. It has stood up to abuse from caring 30+ pounds of camera equipment, crampons, and hunting rifles strapped to it. The abuse this pack has taken is phenomenal. If you need a light daypack with good features this is your pack!!!
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The Mountainsmith Wraith 25 Backpack carries what you need for a long day on the trails without bogging you down. It manages this thanks to its Breezeway suspension, which features a sling-back suspension panel that allows air to circulate along your spine. In addition, air-flow shoulder straps allow additional ventilation and also feature a DWR anti-sweat finish that adds comfort on warm-weather hikes.
Free Shipping. Mountainsmith Wraith 25 Pack FEATURES of the Mountainsmith Wraith 25 Pack Breezeway suspension backpanel Lumbar Control Point pad Panel loader daypack with front panel pocket Perforated Air-flow shoulder straps with Zonal Load Dispersion padding Front panel J-zip pocket perfect for Ten Essentials Removable 1.5in. waistbelt Diamond airmesh foam back panel and waistbelt with DWR anti-sweat finish Tool and trekking pole mount loops Side panel mesh accessory pockets SPECIFICATIONS of the Mountainsmith Wraith 25 Pack Fit Range: 15 - 20in. Dimension: (L x H x D): 19.5 x 9.75 x 9in. Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz / 1.07 kg Volume: 1403 cubic inches / 24 liter Capacity: Up to 30 lbs 210d Duramax RipStop Nylon 420d Duramax Nylon 210d RipStop Liner
Mountainsmith's robust, technical Wraith 25L panel loader is built with durable, lightweight high tenacity nylon and loads of ergonomic features ensuring years of fast, light, and comfortable trail use. Sized for 16 to 21 inch torsos, our Breezeway trampoline suspension backpanel sports a coated mesh sling for increased airflow, perforated shoulder straps, DWR coated airmesh foam for increased breathability, and innovative Lumbar Control Point pad for increased stability and load transfer.
New for 2012! Resurrecting the award winning Mountainlight category, Mountainsmith brought the Wraith 25L back to life! This robust, technical 25L panel loader is built with durable, lightweight high tenacity nylon and loads of ergonomic features ensuring years of fast, light, and comfortable trail use Available for 16" -21" torsos, the Breezeway trampoline suspension backpanel sports a coated mesh sling for increased airflow, perforated shoulder straps, DWR coated airmesh foam for increased breathability, and innovative Lumbar Control Point pad for increased stability and load transfer