A pack to aid your all-seasons assault on a mountain range.
Quick summits and extended tours don’t come easy, but they may seem simpler if you have all the gear you need stuffed in and strapped to the Mountain Hardwear Direttissima 46 Backpack. Ready to trek through a shark-toothed landscape in any season, this tough top-loader can carry your skis, tools, ropes, and layers conveniently and comfortably thanks to its suspension system that helps spread the weight like an invisible Sherpa.
- One hollow stay adds the structure you need to carry 50-pound loads and can be removed for lighter alpine quests
- Removable HardWave framesheet keeps the pack flat on your back for a comfortable and predictable carry over goat paths and creek crossings
- Low-bulk waist belt redistributes the majority of the load to your powerhouse legs and can be swapped out for an included web belt when putting on a climbing harness
- A large, stowable front strap condenses the main compartment when you’re carrying a smaller, low-bulk load
- The removable top lid features a rope strap for alpine climbing trips and utilizes glove-friendly compression straps to shrink the load on the go
- FlapTop design means that the pack remains weather-resistant with or without the top lid attached
- Pack extends to provide up to 375 cubic inches (6L) of extra space during expeditions
- Ski straps, ice-axe loops, and a shovel-friendly front pocket secure your gear for ambitious descents
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Direttissima Video Review
A quick run-down of the D-46 while being used for 25 days of camping and skiing in Alaska.
Do it all.
This pack is awesome!! Mountain hardwear never disappoints on quality and comfort. This pack allows you to carry anything you want in comfort. I mostly used it for one night backpacking and works perfectly.
Simply awesome and very flexible
Such a great and flexible pack. It can carry heavy loads comfortable but I really like that fact that once one has arrived you can easily remove remove the hip belt, lid and even internal frame to get a very light pack for quick speed trips. Highly compressible so 46 l is never too big. Only thing missing is some external pockets for e.g. water bottle.
My favorite pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used this pack for everything from week hut trips, 3 day weekend tenting, to overnight and day trips. You can pack it full of tent, food, clothes, and climbing gear and it carries a full load well or strip it down and use it for a day of skiing (Removable waistbelt and brain). The ice axe attachment works excellently - I can remove an axe without taking off the pack.A-frame is the only option for skis but thats not a big deal. The bottom flares out and is especially spacious. The material is tough and durable against rocks and hard snow/ice. Plus MH stands behind their gear. When I broke a shoulder strap they got it fixed up better than new!
Sturdy and Minimal Pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought and tested the size L, and although I returned it because I needed a larger volume, I really liked the pack. It has minimal but stellar features such as the wrap –around compression system with straps that store in the front pocket. The material is burly and will take a beating. I measured the parts separately: Al stay (90g), Frame Sheet (105g), Alpine Hip Belt (205g), Lid (135g), the second webbing belt (60g), and the stripped down bag itself (1165g). It was stuffed, with little or no room for food for a minimalist weekend trek. The color scheme is bold and manly too! I tried the South Col 70 as well, but it did not have the same thick fabric on the sides and it did not fit nearly as solidly on my back as the Direttissima. The comfort is what you might expect for a climbing bag–sufficient and comfortable when loaded properly, but not spectacular. My vote is that it is a 5 Star pack. Thank you.
Best pack Ive ever had for sure!
Everything but the kitchen sink
I love this thing so much. Size, pockets, fit, everything. This is my main go to pack for everything from simple days at the sport craigs, to mountaineering trips and even ski tours. I can fit eveything I want in it with the extendable main compartmet, or I can sinch it down for the light weight summit pushes.
When it comes to packs, I am extremely picky!! I spend hours reading reviews, asking questions, and looking at other similar packs in varying brands. I was looking for a mid sized pack that i could use everywhere from the crags to my next winter 14ner accent....and so far, this pack has been absolutely perfect for that. Mountain hardwear has done an amazing job with this pack, the fabric and construction put into this pack make it extremely durable...im sure ill be able to through it around and abuse it for years before I even begin to see signs of wear and tear on it. The backpannel is comfortable, and the options are endless when it comes to wanting to strip it down, or use every accessory it offers. Strapping on crampons and axes to it are very easy, as well as taking them off.
If you are looking for a pack that can be used all year long...youve just found it, search no further!
Pretty Awesome Pack
This pack works really well as a regular climbing pack as well. All the extras strap on nicely to the back and the rope carry feature is outstanding. I took this through multiple days of scrambling, climbing and hauling and it held up really well.
Is it possible to fit a bear canister into...
Is it possible to fit a bear canister into this backpack - in particular, the big Bear Vault canister?
I think it will fit but it will take up some serious space in a 2800 CI backpack.
Can you really get an avalanche shovel in...
Can you really get an avalanche shovel in the pocket of this backpack? I've read online that there is a shovel pocket, but some think it is too small to be useful.
There is one external pocket, but I've not had much luck fitting my shovel into the pocket, which is a BCA Traverse shovel. You could lash it to the outside, but its also much much easier to loose - I wouldn't want you doing that if you were my partner. Alternatively, you can just leave it in the main compartment; its worked fine for me!
A BCA B-1 bomber shovel fits easily.
A Black Diamond Deploy 7 just barely fits.... but it fits.
If it was an .125" longer it wouldn't. Its basically a press fit.
There is a zipper that allows you access to the compression strap hide-away compartment. A shovel fits in there..