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A new standard for the weekend pack, right down to the tiniest details.
Today, many technical backpacks are based on a long-held notion that high-end packs must be bare bones, but the MHM Divide 55 Backpack hits all the high notes of the basics and loads on a dizzying array of features—some you won't find anywhere else. The Divide offers a highly adjustable system to dial in torso length, hip belts that articulate horizontally and vertically, and a way to custom fit the cant of the hip-belt to perfect the fit. A clam-shell-style opening teams up with a standard front zip to give you unparalleled access, and a built-in waterproof stuff sack seals out moisture so even if you slip into a creek, your sleeping bag will stay dry.
- Sync A.C. suspension system uses an aluminum frame and rigid framesheet that connects directly to the shoulder straps and hipbelt
- Direct connection between frame, shoulder, and hipbelt allows the suspension to transfer and disperse weight more efficienctly than a traditional internal frame design
- VariCant system allows you to adjust the cant of the hipbelt wings to match the shape and orientation of your torso
- Shoulder straps use a quick-adjust system with size markings to accommodate varying torso lengths
- Hipbelt wings can pivot vertically and horizontally to match your movements on the trail
- 3356 cubic-inch carrying capacity will give you enough storage space for a small tent, a sleeping bag and pad, an ultralight stove, a change of clothes, and a weekend's worth of meals
- Access options include a roll-top, front zipper, and full-length side zips which allow you to open this pack fully, clam-shell style
- Top lid has dual openings for both front and back access, and the lid is removable for use as a small day pack
- Cordura pack body is highly durable and DWR coated to repel light moisture and precipitation and the high-denier Cordura bottom features both polyurethane and DWR coatings for extra moisture protection
- BackHugger ICS system features a back-length internal sleeve with a quick-cinch adjustment so you can slide a tent inside, cinch it down, and keep it close to your center of gravity
- Waterproof QuickStuff Pack Sack is integrated into the bottom of the pack seals out water and features a small, zip-style external-access flap
- Besides the main compartment, eleven pockets give you multiple storage options for everything from nutrition to small pieces of gear like a knife or headlamp
- Internal and external compression straps keep gear from moving around inside your pack
- Deployable ice ax and trekking pole loops allow you to carry these tools on the outside of your pack and out of the way
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High hopes, didn't deliver
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used this pack for an 8 day trip in the Austrian Alps, hut-to-hut, so no tent or cooking gear, but just about everything else. Had a dry bag strapped to the outside using the supplied gear straps. This design does not work well. Many times the bag was placed on the ground, or touched something like a rock while we were traversing a ledge or climbing down a feature, one of the straps would come undone and need to be reset. Additionally, almost out of the box, stitching on one of the seams blew, and inspecting many of the others, they looked vulnerable to the same fate. Build quality could be improved. Lastly, the adjustable shoulder straps were exceedingly difficult to set, as one of the straps did not slide easily on the suspension frame - again a build quality issue as opposed to design.
I would say that the pack would have received 4 stars if the build quality was better and 5 if the gear loops were more secure. It was comfortable throughout the trip to wear, and access to the interior is superb.
Where is this built? Colorado branding...
Where is this built? Colorado branding with Vietnamese tags is NOT cool.
According to MHM, their products are manufactured in Vietnam and the Philippines.