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About Mountainsmith Bugaboo Backpack

Closeouts. Day hikers and world travelers will find Mountainsmith's Bugaboo backpack bursting with external carrying options, and an internal framesheet and comfortably padded shoulder straps make carrying heavy loads a breeze.


Specs about Mountainsmith Bugaboo Backpack

  • Pack material: Ballistic nylon
  • Frame type: Internal
  • Frame material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Pack loading: Panel
  • Ice tool/trekking pole loops: Yes
  • Recommended use: Daypack,Travel
  • Dimensions: 22x11x6"
  • Pack capacity: 1700
  • Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz.
  • Fits torsos: 17-22"
  • Made in Viet Nam
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4.428571 5 Overall Rating: 4.4 Based on 14 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Reviewed by traveling scott from PNW on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I used this bag for shorter backpacking trips and found it to be a superb combination of size and fit. It really sits well on your back and hips for scrambling and climbing. Because it is wider and flatter than most internal frame packs, it doesn't pull your center of balance back much at all.

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  • Reviewed by Customer Care from Eldorado Springs, CO on Thursday, July 25, 2013
    The pack seemed well-made and sturdy. However as with many Mountainsmith products, the design seemed a little quirky, while still being perfectly functional. Overall, the pack was too heavy, which was seemingly caused by the internal framesheet which weighed a ton, and was too bulky and dug into my back a little bit. If I had decided to keep the pack (I have lots of packs, so a new pack had better be pretty superior) I would have removed the internal fromesheet and replaced it with something lighter and more flexible. I have used cut-up snow-sliders for this purpose before. I am an inveterate fiddler with designs and almost any product I get I will mess around with to make it work a little better. Maybe Mountainsmith will hire me as a designer (hint, hint :-))
  • Reviewed by Westie from Portland, OR on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    This Bugaboo is a great backpack if you like "old school". It is made of durable canvas and has straps for just about everything. When I pulled it out of the box, I thought I had received equipment left over from the 80's. I was disappointed that it did not have a side pouch for a water bottle, and the padding in the back led me to believe that it would be quite hot in the summer. I decided to return it and went for a day pack made of ripstop nylon with some venting in the back.
  • Reviewed by cps from nevada on Saturday, July 13, 2013
    too bad they are discontinuing this backpack
    a little small but does the trick
    nice for airline travel
    nice handle for carrying
    good harness system
  • Reviewed by mcalloway from North Carolina on Monday, May 13, 2013
    These packs are just as durable and stylish as they have been for the last 20 years. Love this product for 1,000's of uses!
  • Reviewed by Dan Grosboll from Olympia, WA on Sunday, April 7, 2013
    I've had my first bugaboo since the early 90's and have used it as a travel pack, backcountry skiing pack, hiking day pack, ultralight backpacking, hauling rock climbing gear, and several times to train for and take the arduous wildland firefighter "pack test". It can carry 50 pounds without breaking a sweat and poles, skis, snowshoes, ice ax, raingear and ropes all attach well to the outside. Only flaw I've noted is that the outside pocket sometimes gets opened by the way the compression straps pull. I'm buying another.

Question & Answer

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  • “The description says this is top loading. I prefer panel loading--but the photo sure makes it look like there's a zipper nearly all the way down to the base. Isn't this a panel loading backpack?”
    Asked by Jennie the Princess Camper from SF Bay Area, CA on 5/21/2013 2:09:22 PM
    • It is a panel loading pack. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
      Answered on 5/22/2013 9:44:15 AM by Jack from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Do the shoulder strap come with a loop to put tubing through from a water bladder that I would put inside the backpack?”
    Asked by kristin from Unknown on 1/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
    • This pack is not hydration compatible so it would not have the loop you are asking about.
      Answered on 1/24/2013 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Could you confirm 1700 cubic inch capacity and dimension 22" x 11" x 6" per your website specs? There are some Bugaboos I have read on the 'net that listed 2100 and some even 2200 cubic inches.||Also, is the hip belt padded as the specs indicate on your website?”
    Asked by highwayfl from Cocoa, Fl on 1/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
    • This pack has a capacity of 1700 cu in. and the belt is padded.
      Answered on 1/16/2013 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Is the waist belt removable?”
    Asked by msp18d from St. Louis, MO on 7/11/2012 12:00:00 AM
    • The waist belt is not removable.
      Answered on 7/17/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod. Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
  • “Does this pack have an internal hydration pocket or sleeve, and an exit port for a hydration tube?”
    Asked by Terry from Tacoma on 6/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
    • The Mountainsmith Bugaboo Backpack is not hydration compatible.
      Answered on 6/11/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod.Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post

About Mountainsmith

Founded in 1979 by legendary outdoorsman Patrick Smith, the Mountainsmith brand has become synonymous with rugged, adventure-ready gear, including tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, fanny packs, trekking poles and the popular modular hauler system. For more than 35 years, Mountainsmith backpacks and lumbar packs have been engineered to meet the rigorous demands of backcountry adventure. Whether it’s an alpine climbing expedition or an easygoing day hike, you can trust these products to go the distance. Experience the difference for yourself, and you’ll quickly understand why Mountainsmith is fittingly represented by an anvil logo. Mountainsmith backpacks, tents and camping gear are simply among the most reliable on the market today.