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Gear Details: Backpacks

South Col

Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear

SKU: OU2663

Product Details:
Product Year2010
For Women:
Frame Type:internal
Load Type:top-loading
Fixed Capacity (cubic inches):4600
Expandable Capacity (min): cu. in.
Expandable Capacity (max): cu. in.
Sizes Available:3
Smallest Size (Torso Length):15
Largest Size (Torso Length):22
Features:Hydration sleeve (no bladder included), Interchangeable suspension parts (hipbelt and shoulder harness come in multiple sizes), Spindrift collar
Weight (lbs, oz): 4,2
Interchangeable hipbelt. Fixed, dual density shoulder straps. Trek to basecamp, then strip down for the summit. Lightweight, high-durability 100% Spectra front panel and wand pockets. HDPE framesheet with alloy shaping rod for load support. Compression-molded backpanel balances comfort, ventilation and snow-shedding. Dual-density shoulder straps and hipbelt distribute load evenly for maximum comfort. Minimalist option: remove framesheet and top pocket, swap padded belt for 1" webbing hipbelt (included) for reduced pack weight of 2 lbs. 4 oz. for summit push. Hide-away, full-wrap compression straps offer clean appearance and maximum versatility. Center daisy chain and dual Axe-S quick release ice axe toggles. Fully reinforced three-point haul system. Heavy duty webbing ski straps can also be used to clip gear. Removable floating top pocket with two compartments and under-lid rope strap. Externally accessed hydration/multi-function pocket.


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Made for climbers and summit attempts but I use it for backpacking as it's the only pack I could find that fit my torso. Simple bag style requires some care when packing to achieve a good balance. I've carried fifty pounds just to test it's comfort and ride and was very impressed but forty pounds is about tops. Super comfortable and stable when bushwhacking with a narrow and clean profile. Well built and very versatile for lashing on gear externally. Nice feature is how it can be compressed to a day pack size using the strapping. On the other hand it's capacity's expandable by extending it's collar. Sure, it's annoying at times not having the usual ready to hand multiple pockets of a traditional backpacking rig. The positive trade-off is it's relatively light weight given it's sturdiness, stability, and weight carrying ability. Plus it looks cool and no one else on the trail will have one.
Posted by james, Jun 29, 2010 Star Star Star Star

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