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Mountainsmith Daypacks: Low cost affordable high-quality backpacks for hiking or day to day use

By Edited Oct 31, 2015 0 0

Founded in 1979 Mountainsmith has been making quality backpacks and accessories every since. Following their credo of: Durability, Utility, Sustainability, and exceptional Value, has made them and kept them and industry leader for 32 years.

Below we will examine some of Mountainsmith's various Daypacks. We will focus on Daypacks. Mountainsmith also makes wonderful larger backpacks for extended hikes and mountaineering. I suggest you visit their website if you wish to see the catalog in its entirety.

Mountainsmith ClearCreek 20

The ClearCreek 20 Daypack MSRP $49.00

A lightweight well designed day to day multi use pack. Not a great pack for the trail but it's perfect for the park, the street, or getting all your textbooks to school. Available colors: Pinon Green, lotus blue, sangria red.

Dimensions

  • 1220 in3 (20 L)
  • Weight 1 lb 10 oz
  • 18'' x 9'' x 10.5''

Features

  • Airmesh back panel with lumbar support
  • Shoulder strap attachment loop
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • Bite valve catch
  • Removable sternum strap
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Side compression straps
  • Side panel mesh pockets fit SIGGâ„¢ and Nalgene® style water bottles
  • Haul handle
  • Dual panel loader
  • Interior organizer sleeve

Mountainsmith Colfax25

The Colfax 25 Daypack MSRP $59.00

A great pack. It's street. It's trail. It has skateboard straps! It's great for day to day use, and it's easily convertible to trail use. Available colors: Pinon Green, lotus blue, sangria red.

Dimensions

  • 1650 in3 (25 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 0 oz
  • 18'' x 10" x 11"

Features

  • Airmesh back panel
  • Shoulder strap attachment loop
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • Bite valve catch
  • Removable sternum strap
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Side compression straps
  • Side panel mesh pocket(s) fit SIGGâ„¢ and Nalgene® style water bottles
  • Haul handle
  • Dual panel loader
  • Front panel compression straps for skate or snowboard
  • Removable 1.5' waistbelt
  • Interior padded organizer sleeve will fit 15.4' laptops
  • Accessory attachment loop
  • Interior hanging zippered pocket

Mountainsmith Redrock25

The Redrock 25 Daypack MSRP $69.00

The most versatile of the three crossover packs produced by Mountainsmith, this pack can do it all! Urban, Trail, and Mountain use are easily within this packs balliwick. Available colors: Pinon Green, lotus blue, sangria red.

Dimensions

  • 1648 in3 (27 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 0 oz
  • 19'' x 10.25'' x 11''

Features

  • Airmesh back panel with lumbar support
  • Shoulder strap attachment loop
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • Bite valve catch
  • Removable sternum strap
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Side compression straps
  • Side panel mesh pockets fit SIGGâ„¢ and Nalgene® style water bottles
  • Haul handle
  • Dual panel loader
  • Front panel stash pocket
  • Removable waistbelt
  • Interior organizer sleeve
  • Ice axe & tool loop
  • Dual trekking pole mounts

Mountainsmith Centennial30

The Centennial 30 Daypack MSRP $99.00

A slim profiled technical Daypack. This top loader is perfect for hiking, summiting, or just going fishing. Available colors: Pinon Green, lotus blue, sangria red.

Dimensions

  • 1890 in3 (30 L)
  • Weight 2 lb 6 oz
  • 23.5'' x 8'' x 9.5''

Features

  • Airmesh back panel with lumbar support
  • Shoulder strap attachment loop
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • bite valve catch
  • Removable sternum strap
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Side compression straps
  • Side panel mesh pockets fit SIGGâ„¢ and Nalgene® style water bottles
  • Haul handle
  • Top loader access

Mountainsmith Approach35

The Approach 35 Daypack MSRP $119.00

This is a versatile terrain pack. Mountainsmith literally thought of everything. They realize that you often have to fly to the trail. This pack meets all FAA carry on specifications. No hidden bag fees for you next trip! It also has both panel and top loading capabilities. Available colors: Pinon Green, lotus blue, sangria red.

Dimensions

  • 2135 in3 (35 L)
  • Weight 3 lb 7 oz
  • 23.25'' x 9.5'' x 11.75''

Features

  • Delrin® Hoop Suspension System
  • Unique clamshell panel loader
  • Expandable front panel stash pocket
  • Zippered top load access makes ideal for travel or trail
  • Compression molded back panel with contoured lumbar support
  • Elastic sternum strap
  • Bite valve catch
  • Shoulder strap attachment loop
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Side compression straps with quick-release hardware
  • Trekking pole mounts
  • Ice axe & tool loop
  • Bottom panel compression straps
  • Side panel accessory pocket fits SIGGâ„¢ and Nalgene® style water bottles
  • Haul handle

Mountainsmith offers many other DayPacks as well as larger packs that are considered Hiking Backpacks or Multinight Backpacks, but those are not listed here. I have listed the packs I feel are best suited for the multi use user and dayhiker.

For an overview on selecting the right Daypack for you, please see my other articles

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