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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Gear Review: Mountain Hardware Trad Pack

A pack built for climbers.

by: Kelly Bastone

Mountain Hardware Trad (Courtesy Photo)
Mountain Hardware Trad (Courtesy Photo)

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Dense, heavy climbing gear can easily overwhelm a pack’s suspension—but the top-loading Trad made even a 40-pound load feel stable and secure. “Its uncluttered, low-profile shape makes it great for scrambly approaches and leading ice on New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch,” says our tester, who deemed the Trad his favorite not just for rock and ice climbing, but also for backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and general backpacking (up to three days).

The proprietary HardWave framesheet (with horizontal ridges that let it bend vertically, to conform to your back, but remain torsionally rigid for outstanding load support), paired with an aluminum stay in the center, keeps heavy loads from sagging or rounding out the backpanel. Wide ski straps made of ballistic nylon on the sides secure skis and stand up to sharp edges. Nice: The top can be opened and closed with one hand thanks to a smartly integrated cordlock that’s sewn to the pack, not the drawcord. “That let me keep my gloves on during frigid weather on Mt. Washington’s summit,” says our tester.  $130; 2,150 cu. in./40 liters; 3 lbs. 9 oz.; mountainhardwear.com

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mikel
Apr 29, 2012

I have many packs for all situations and this one has proved to be one of my favorites.. it is well constructed, fits my frame like a surgical glove, and can handle 40 lb loads with maximum comfort. Im able to use this bag for a week long minimalist trip, or a fully equipped day/weekend bag with plenty of rope and comforts..

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