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Mountainsmith: Haze 50


  • Volume: 50 liter
  • Weight: 1 lbs. 15 oz. 
  • Material: 210d Duramax™ RipStop Nylon
  • MSRP: $129.95

The Haze 50 from Mountainsmith makes for a great fast-pack. If you're on the fly or need to have a pack ready for any situation the Haze 50's rolltop style rucksack is the way to go. 

This lightweight comfortable pack from Mountainsmith is a great choice for ultralight packing. I ran this pack through the ringer, trekking through thick forests of Oregon, unforgiving and abrasive sandstone in the Canyonlands of Utah, and variety of high mountain and subalpine terrain found throughout the Colorado Rockies. 

Weighing in at under 2 lbs. this top loading rolltop pack has an amazing strength to weight ratio that allows you to comfortably carry loads up to 40 lbs!!! The straps on this pack are thin, perforated, and strong. They breath well and feel great while carrying heavier loads, especially the shoulder straps.

One of my favorite features of this pack is what it doesn't have. The lack of an internal frame allowed this pack to compact for smaller loads on day hikes and shorter over night trips. The rolltop loading system is a nice change from time to time too. Yes it makes it harder to get to the gear at the bottom of your pack, but when you're on the go it makes for a conveniently fast stuff job. Far too often with a top loader you'll find the pack unsecured and your cargo at risk of becoming trail litter. No yard sales here, thanks to an x crossing compression system that really synchs down and secures your essentials. 

The Haze 50 from Mountainsmith is one sweet pack. An internal frame system is great, but it feels really great to lose it occasionally and hike with a lot less restriction on the back. In a time when everyone seems to be adding more and more bells and whistles to packs, it's great to see someone take a step back and really dial in on a good old rucksack style pack. 



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