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MHM's Flatiron 42 Backpack is a slightly larger version of its well-received Flatiron 38 pack. It may have seemed impossible to make that pack more versatile and functional than it already was, but this update seems to have pulled that feat off. The addition of a little more space makes this an ideal pack for overnight trips or more, if you pack right. Stuff it full of all the gear you need; its tough materials and smart construction can take it, and the supremely comfortable suspension enables you to carry it in comfort.

  • Sync A.C. suspension dual-stay Y frame distributes your load with ease
  • Slide n'lock adjustable harness adjusts to fit torsos 16-23 inches
  • Air Channeled mesh back panel helps direct air across the back for ventilation and comfort
  • VariCant dual-pivoting, adjustable hip-belt allows the pack to move with you in a balanced and natural motion
  • Long vertical side panel zipper runs all the way through the top of the pack for easy access; additional access through roll top
  • Removable top lid converts into small day pack and includes water-resistant dry pocket
  • Tough, water-resistant Cordura nylon stands up to abuse; high-denier Cordura on the bottom further boosts durability
  • Hydration sleeve can be removed to shave weight
  • Tool and bottom straps can be stowed away when not in use for a clean profile
  • Large assortment of pockets includes two zippered hip-belt pockets, two large side stretch pockets, and large zippered front pocket
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adjustable and great for CRAGGIN

    I hadn't bought a new backpack in years and this one is plush, breathable, and holds all my sport craggin gear for a day of rock slaying. Bright colors, burly cordura, and practical featurs with plenty of adjustable straps. GET IT!

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My wife bought a smaller day pack from MHM about a year ago and I was so impressed with it that I decided to give the Flatiron 42 a try for my shorter trips. I'm really impressed with the accessibility of the pack due to the zipper design. I can get to specific parts of the main compartment instead of emptying the entire pack out. Furthermore, the design allows you to hide all the various straps and gear attachments within the bag itself thus cutting down on clutter that can snag on things. While I have not had the pack on for an extended hike, it has been very comfortable and adjusts nicely even for my larger frame (6' tall, 42" chest). Combine this pack with the stackers that MHM sells and it'll meet all your OCD needs for organization. I have not had to test it's capability in the rain, but I do thin the addition of an integrated rain cover would take this to five stars. Great pack, hope the gents at MHM keep up the good work.

    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have not had much use for it yet. But so far, I love it! I love the color, green. The design is nice. I like how there is a zipper all the way down the main compartment to access things at the bottom of the bag. The straps are so comfortable, making it easy to wear. It fits everything I need.

    Is the hip belt removable? Also, it looks like it includes straps for a sleeping pad, correct?

    This pack looks great, but only the M/L size option is available. I am a female- just under 5'5" and 105 pounds. Would this size be too large for my frame?

    Where is this made? Colorado branding built...

    Where is this made? Colorado branding built in Viet Nam is NOT cool.

    Best Answer

    Yes, our packs are made in Vietnam. And this is something we are not afraid to tell our customers. And yes, while we would love for nothing more than to be able to manufacture our packs in the U.S., anyone who has ever gone through the process of making technical bags in the U.S. knows this is nearly impossible (which is why all large production companies manufacture offshore as well). From a business perspective, this is just not wise. Our packs would be twice the cost and really the quality would not be as good. We'd be out of business in months. In addition, while our packs are made offshore, the rest of our business is done in the U.S., and similarly, anyone who has ever run their own business knows that there is a lot more to it than the actual product. We are two guys, born and raised in Colorado (hence the CO branding) and this is something that we are proud of. We started this business out of passion and a desire to make something for ourselves. I hope this clarifies some things for you, but if you'd like to discuss further, I have no problem with that and can be emailed at