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.


Regular 15-19" torso
- Capacity 2075 cu in / 34L (extends to 2319 cu in / 38L)
- Weight 2 lbs 8 oz / 1.13 kg
Large 18-22" torso
- Capacity 2136 cu in / 35L (extends to 2380 cu in / 39L)
- Weight 2 lb 12 oz / 1.25 kg

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The Needle has been discontinued.


The Mountainsmith Needle is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 3, 2009 at Massey's Outfitters.

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