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An overnight pack with the versatility to take trips to the alpine or out on longer light-packing adventures.

Traversing high, narrow goat paths are no fun with a floppy pack, so Mountain Hardwear built the Fluid 48 Backpack with an On-The-Fly compression system to crank the CoolWave Plus suspension tightly onto your back. The padded mesh that covers the back panel, shoulder straps, and waist belt helps keep your body cool as you take the trail up and over jagged peaks.
  • The On-The-Fly compression system uses a long nylon web and a series of sliders to reduce the pack's volume when you're carrying smaller loads
  • The removable top lid features two zip pockets and can be removed to cut down on weight
  • A BigMouth lower compartment zips open to allow access to the main compartment's bottom section
  • Bottom sleeping pad straps can also compress the pack or be stowed to reduce snags
  • The front compression pocket can hold a helmet or extra layers while you hike to a climb
  • Ice axe straps secure your tools while you approach a massive river of ice
  • Stretch side pockets secure water bottles and keep them within reach

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5 5

Great for long day hikes / short overnighters

I took this with me while I hiked the eastern section of the devils path in the catskills ~13 miles. The side pockets for water were accessible without taking the pack off which was very nice. The other nice thing about this pack is that it compacts down to a pretty small size if theres not much stuff in it. The top lid is removable too. overall pretty nice backpack. I plan on using it on an overnight trips and winter hikes in the future.

5 5

Great for long day hikes / short overnighters

I took this with me while I hiked the eastern section of the devils path in the catskills ~13 miles. The side pockets for water were accessible without taking the pack off which was very nice. The other nice thing about this pack is that it compacts down to a pretty small size if theres not much stuff in it. The top lid is removable too. overall pretty nice backpack. I plan on using it on an overnight trips and winter hikes in the future.

5 5

Fluid 48

I would have to say the only thing I didn't like was the hip belt pockets, they are way to small.

MH Fluid 48 / Franklin Mountains El Paso, TX

MH Fluid 48 / Franklin Mountains El Paso, TX

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First trip out with my MH Fluid 48 and it was awesome.

5 5

Excellent lightweight backpack.

I hike with that backpack through Carpatian Mts. in a 5 day trip (about 60 km). I took S\M size (my torso lenght ~50 cm.) The pack sits perfectly on my back. It has many useful adjustments.
There's two side pockets which you can use without taking off the pack from shoulders.
Inner space separated on two volume by valve. In a bottom part you could easily store sleeping bag and tent. In a upper part placed pocket for 3L CamelBak (zip of this pocket stored outside the pack any you can easily use it whenever you need).
You could remove the top pocket, it useful for one day trip (Backpack perfectly shrinks by straps). But when top pocket is removed from in a backpack is not enough small pockets for various little things.
You could easily hang tent or sleeping pad on a special bottom straps, placed outside of the pack.
Unfortunatelly the pack sells without rain cover (sells separately Mountain Hardwear Pack Rain Cover - M). I bought M size rain-cover, but I think it quiet big (however, I didn't fill a pack in full).
It's great lightweight backpack for this money!

2 5

Weak pack. Horrible company...

I really did like this pack. Great features and super light. HOWEVER, I took it on one trip - ONE trip - to Capitol Reef, UT and one of the side panels ripped while doing some tough scrambling through sandstone. I figured "This pack shouldn't have failed after one trip! Mountain Hardwear will surely stand by their gear." So I sent it in....

I get a call, and the guy tells me that they won't replace it or repair it. They tell me that their pack can't stand up that use. AFTER ONE TRIP. So sad to get this kind of reaction from what I though was a quality , hardcore outdoor company. Stay away from their packs.

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That's unfortunate. I will say though that if you really were doing "tough scrambling" I would have to agree that the 100D material on the side panels shouldn't be expected to stand up to that. Stinks MH used to get out of providing customer service, but it is what it is. If you're banging against rocks, go for a pack that's made for it.

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They will replace it for you. If your name is Ueli Steck

5 5

Is great for weekend trips

I took for a 3 day trip through the Grand Canyon (28 miles) and I like the pack very much. I can't think of one complaint. Plenty of compartments so you can keep the necessary things at a quick grab. There's two side water pouches that I fitted with 32oz bottle of water with for easy access. I could easily grab them while walking and put them back without help or stopping, a huge plus on any trip. I fitted the outside straps to strap a 3 person tent. It was very comfortable after I got used to all the straps. For the size of the pack there is nothing to complain about it does everything you payed for and more.