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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: L.L. Bean Mountain Guide Review

Bring along your winter toys— L.L. Bean's Mountain Guide pack can carry anything from ice climbing gear to skis.

by: Steve Howe

L.L. Bean Mountain Guide (www.sethhughes.com)
L.L. Bean Mountain Guide (www.sethhughes.com)

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Winter Bargain
Climbing gear, skis, snowshoes, or snowboard: If your idea of a weekend trip includes any of the above, this pack is a steal. We dragged the Mountain Guide up crags and through slot-canyon squeezes, and the tough fabric and one-inch quick-release buckles easily withstood the abuse. The pack is a tad heavy, but testers loved the comfort and versatility.

The molded composite backpanel can comfortably carry 35 pounds, and the harness and hipbelt provide a good blend of cushion, mobility, and venting. The backpanel, top pocket, hipbelt, and front shovel pocket are all strippable to shave ounces. Tough, molded rubber fittings on the front compression straps hold tools like snowboards or shovels and prevent their sharp edges from doing damage. $120; 3,350 cu. in.; 4 lbs. 6 oz. Llbean.com

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shawn m
Oct 07, 2011

love this pack mine came with a msr dragonfly stove, fuel bottle,msr cook kit, and pillow for 100 bucks!! The wonders of overly adventurous people with money, to my advantage. I'm still figuring out how the pack works since I am fairly new at the hiking scene but i loaded it up and with just a few strap pulls i was ready for some mts!! Still adding a few things to my inventory like a tent would help lol great review thanx

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