Closeouts. With Mountain Hardwear's South Col 70 backpack on your back, the miles will fly by. A FitLock waistbelt and an adjustable suspension system keeps your load from dragging on your shoulders and back.
Reviewed by PA Jim from Olympic Peninsula, WA on Thursday, July 10, 2014
I used an external frame pack for many years. I took a 15 year hiatus from backpacking and now that I am retired I decided to get the gear out of the attic and take it up again. The old pack had gotten moldy so I bought this new internal frame bag. It is a new concept for me and when it arrived I was unsure whether it would carry all I needed it to. I loaded it up with 40 lbs of gear for a 4 day ocean coast hike and it performed flawlessly. The first two days the tent was on top under the flap and the sleeping pad was lashed to the back. Then I figured out the tent and the sleeping pad fit into the compression straps on the sides, which made for an easier carry. When I didn't use the trekking poles they fit perfectly into the very handy special attachments on the back that looked like they were designed to carry ice axes. I didn't have a compression sack for my old sleeping bag so I loaded it first into the bottom and fit things around it. I now have a compression stuff sack so that will make for a lot more room. The adjustable padded shoulder straps with the chest strap made for an easily customizable comfortable fit, and the padded hip belt made the whole thing easy to carry. The back pocket is large and handy for the 'needed on the trail' items. I like the pull cord top closure - it forms a tight seal that I couldn't even get a finger into. The removable top flap with the zipper pocket covers the top, and the top sealed up so tight under it makes for more security from the elements and small critters. I also snow shoe in the winter months and this pack will serve my needs for that as well. With all the attachment loops I'll be able to carry my snow shoes, poles, etc. It was comfortable to carry and was stable even when I had to do some minor 'mountain climbing' up and over a coastal headland at high tide. It was so steep I had to use the provided ropes to pull myself up and lower myself down the other side. I had to do a lot of twisting and leaning hard to the side to do it, and the pack held to my body like a glove and I never felt 'off balance' because of it. My old external frame pack would have been throwing me off balance for sure in that kind of situation. Very glad I made this purchase!
Reviewed by Backpacker from Oakland on Monday, June 23, 2014
I'm 6' 1" 260lb broad shoulders with a barrel chest and was having a hard time finding a pack that fit nice and snug around my big frame for backpacking. The very adgustable waistbelt is long and wide enough to sit on my size 40 waist and actually support the load. Bag stayed snugly on my back for once. Was able to wear a tank top without the shoulder straps cutting into my arms with just enough support packing a little over 50lbs for a 4 day backpacking trip. Pack seems very durable and I'm glad it's missing bells and whistles feeling lean and mean. My only complaint is that the front pocket isn't raised off of the main pack body so you have to pack it first. I'm looking forward to my next trip knowing that I finally have a backpack thats extremely comfterble and lightweight.
Reviewed by Taillon75 from Rocky Mountains, Colorado on Thursday, May 22, 2014
That's what this pack is. It does it all. Good approach pack..... Can support a small tent, pad and bag. Comes with a sturdy padded waist belt that can easily be removed or moved up and down for comfort. Great outer pocket for a rope and protection. Lots of loops and straps for crampons, skis or snowshoe attachment. Once camp is set..... Remove the top lid and bulky waist belt with ease. Now you have a summit day pack! Lots of straps to compress pack to a smaller size. The top even has a smaller lid to keep the weather out. Plus it has two top easily accessed hear pockets. Also has a small waist strap. This pack does it all if your into Climbing, Peak Bagging and Backcountry Skiing. Enjoy!