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The one-pack solution for mountaineering expeditions on the world's highest peaks. The flexible design and highly evolved compression system lets you add and remove components as well as shrink and expand the pack as needed. OutDry construction bonds a durable waterproof membrane to the main compartment so that your gear stays safe and dry in even the wettest conditions.
- Mountain Hardwear
Description of Mountain Hardwear South Col 70 BackpackLight, flexible and roomy, this pack is the perfect one-pack solution for expedition climbing.FeaturesFlexible design concept allows suspension and bag components to be removed to significantly reduce weight when not neededVersatile Alpine suspension provides outstanding stability, comfort and supportHighly functional Alpine Compression Strap System with glove-friendly buckles secures overloads, effectively shrinks pack to minimal volume, and tucks away inside front panel pocket when not neededSkirt extension adds 500 cu. in. 8L of carrying capacity when neededFlapTop design allows pack to be used without the top lid with no compromise in compression or weather-protectionDurable Dyneema front panel offers lash points for all kinds of mountaineering gearRemovable top pocket has webbing loops on top and rope strap underneathSki-friendly feature set including ski loops and shovel space in front pocketCan be upgraded to optional BMG low-profile FitLock hipbelt for extra support with very heavy loads
- US Outdoor Store
Each section of your ascent brings different challenges. You could bring a different pack to handle each one, or you can just bring the lightweight Mountain Hardwear South Col 70 Outdry Backpack, which is basically three packs in one. It's got plenty of space for a two-day winter mountaineering trip, and strips down to the basics to help on the summit push--you can pop off the top pocket, slide out the padded Hardwave suspension framesheet and aluminum stay, reduce the padded waist belt to a simple nylon webbing belt, and go fast 'n' light all the way to the top. When you're carrying a heavier load, leave the suspension in and walk cross-country in comfort. Along with rugged nylon fabrics, the South Col is kitted out with an OutDry waterproof membrane, which will keep all the gear in the main pocket dry as a bone, and features a front zip pocket that's easily accessible and maintains its volume, even if the bag is stuffed full. There are tons of lash points and straps for carrying skis, ice axes, and poles, an easy-access crampon stash pocket, and a top skirt that extends to give you an extra 300 cubic inches of space. Never bring two packs again.
The Mountain Hardwear South Col 70 Outdry is a one-pack solution for mountaineering expeditions on the world's highest peaks. The flexible design and highly evolved compression system lets you add and remove components as well as shrink and expand the pack as needed. OutDry construction bonds a durable waterproof membrane to the main compartment so that your gear stays safe and dry in even the wettest conditions.
- Mountain Gear
|Weight||3 lb 9 oz / 1.62 kg||3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg||4 lb / 1.82 kg|
|Capacity||3975 cu in / 65 L||4275 cu in / 70 L||4575 cu in / 75 L|
|Dimensions||-||30 in X 14 in X 13 in / 76 cm X 37 cm X 34 cm||32 in X 15 in X 14 in / 81 cm X 38 cm X 36 cm|
|Waist Range||27 in - 31 in / 69 cm - 79 cm||30 in - 35 in / 76 cm - 89 cm||-|
|Torso Range||15.0 in. - 18.0 in. / 38 cm - 46 cm||17.0 in. - 20.0 in. / 43 cm - 51 cm||19.5 in. - 22.5 in. / 50 cm - 57 cm|
|Materials||100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon, HardWear™ X-Ply Dyneema®, 840D HT Ballistic Nylon||100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon, HardWear™ X-Ply Dyneema®, 840D HT Ballistic Nylon||100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon, HardWear™ X-Ply Dyneema®, 840D HT Ballistic Nylon|
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