Mountainsmith's Wraith Daypack- Gear Review

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mountainsmith has brought one of their most award winning lines of packs back from the dead with the rebirth of their Mountainlight series.  Purpose built to be fast and light, these packs are loaded with features normally reserved for larger more robust long-haul gear.

We had the chance to test out the Wraith 25, in my opinion an ideal day to light overnight pack set-up. Whether you are a peak grabber or just like spending time on the trails, you can appreciate a pack like this.  We have had the opportunity to test all kinds of packs over the last few years, and this one has a handful of innovations that we just love.  First of all, they give you several access points, allowing you to organize your gear and get to exactly what you need when you need it.  It can carry a pretty heavy load, especially considering its size.
The frame and harness system on this pack really had me hooked from the get-go.  I hate nothing more than having a beautiful day hike sullied by fighting with a sweaty back under my pack.  Mountainsmith delivers the BreezeWay back panel, which suspends the pack an inch or more away from your back, allowing air-flow unlike any pack we have tested.  The shoulder straps are made from a vented foam and are super comfortable.  They are yet another feature thoughtfully designed to fight overheating between the pad and your skin.
Once you get this pack loaded and on, you find yourself forgetting it is back there.  The "lumbar control point" pad acts as a pivot point for the pack to move on.  From trail running to climbing, you won't find this pack getting in the way of even your most aggressive pursuits. Throw in a few creature comforts like mesh water bottle pockets, removable waist belt, hydration sleeve and a few lashing loops and you have a pack that is about as versatile and capable as you could ask for.

MSRP: $99.99



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