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Reviewers Paid: $280.00-$300.00
At $300 bucks, these are the best damn packs on the market.
Made of heavy-duty cordura the material is bomb proof and rip-proof. The suspension is great, I recently carried 80 lbs through the Grand canyon on a 26-day hike and the pack felt more comfortable with 80 lbs than at the end of my trip with only 30.
The added features like the inside water hydration system, the detachable top hood which converts to a fanny pack and the easy adjustable webbing make this the best pack for the money you will find.
The only drawback to Mountainsmith is their limited choice of colors, red and green.
Buy the Frostfire series and happy trails will be yours.
Design: internal for long expeditions
Size: 5000-7000 cu in.
Number of Pockets: numerous
Max. Load Carried: 80 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $300
Both of these were rejects by me. Although just a little lighter than the Dana's and Gregory's, I thought the wider capacity bags of the Mountainsmith would give more flexibility in loads. Also the suspension is more alterable than others.
However, I was given a female designed bag under the male Frostfire series. I discovered after my first overnight that I was miserable and noticed that the female symbol was stitched on the bag. I brought it back to EMS and they admitted that quality control at Mtnsmith left something to be desired and I traded for a smaller Frostfire 63, which was labeled medium. Got home and noticed it was a small, not the medium it was listed as. Took it back too and went for the Dana Terreplane.....much more comfortable, but a little too heavy except it is very alterable and simple at the same time....and reliable. My big pack for the decade....Now I'm looking into ultralights.
Design: internal large pack
Size: (7000 cu in)
Number of Pockets: 1 large and 2 small
Max. Load Carried: 30 or so lbs
Height of Owner: 5'11"
Price Paid: $280