On the way up, express-style.
Mountain Hardwear designed the Summitrocket 30 Daypack to haul your alpine climbing essentials without weighing you down. Not only does the Summitrocket sport some serious innovation and smart features, but Mountain Hardwear had the foresight to make many of them removable so they wouldn't add weight when you weren't using them.
- Low-profile padded, adjustable shoulder straps provide necessary comfort without frills, and a removable webbing waist-belt and sternum strap secures the load during sketchy approaches
- Comfortable compression-molded back panel and promotes airflow to keep you dry and crushing it on the mountain
- Removable HardWave framesheet increases comfort and stability while cutting out weight when necessary
- Large top zip for east access to main compartment
- Ultra-lightweight pack weighs in at less than a pound and can carry all the necessary gear to get you to a summer summit or for mult-pitch routes in the alpine
- Tons of removable features let you strip this pack down to the basics for an even lighter weight package
- Super-light, durable 100D HT nylon ripstop and HardWear X-Ply ripstop withstand rugged mountain treks, climbs, and ice-axe contact while keeping your rope and layers out of the elements
- Top zip pocket holds accessories, snacks, and small tools for vertical conquest
- Vertical and horizontal daisy chains and ice axe cradles provide plenty of exterior lash points for climbing, mountaineering, or backpacking gear
- Compression system for added stability can hold extra gear and be removed to reduce weight
- Top and bottom haul loops are strong enough to clip to your rig when climbing big walls or multi-pitch peaks
- Fits most torso sizes between 16-22in
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At first I was unsure about this pack. I bought it for fast and light mountaineering, which is pretty much what it's made and marketed for, but on receipt I wondered if it was TOO minimalist. The shoulder straps are somewhat narrow and only lightly padded, there's no hydration pouch (just a clip), there's not really a good way to carry a rope, etc. Packing for my first use didn't make me feel any better as it seemed pretty full with a downie, light rack, crampons, camelbak and snacks, and even hiking in I was unsure.
However after having used it, admittedly just a little, I really like this pack. You have to pack it right, and light, and you kind of have to do things ITS way in order for it to work as designed. It's like that car that only works in certain weather but when it does you have the time of your life driving it. You're not going to take this pack cragging, or for a long winter day out. You're going to take this pack on fast and light climbs, or maybe warmer-weather outings where you don't need the extra layers. If you're looking at this pack you probably have some fast and light climbing in mind, and this is definitely the pack for that (but not much else).
A couple notes. Not sure if this is standard, as it doesn't show it in the picture, but the lower left axe keeper on mine didn't have the metal rod which girths around the axe. In fact it wasn't even threaded such that it could be girthed, I had to feed the axe through the loop and then tighten it. This was easily fixed by disassembling the clasp, threading a large button on the elastic, and installing it properly. Not a big deal but not something I should have had to do myself. Also I added some elastic cord between the two daisies for lashing helmets, crampons, rainshells, etc. and this adds a lot I think.
All in all, a very good pack but built for a very specific purpose.
The framesheet is minimal but it works when the pack is half loaded or more.
Size is right. And it compresses well (I was able to adjust the side straps so it doesn't get all curved up like John T Young mentioned.)
The straps are very easily detached and attached.
No water entered the pack when used in a drizzle for about 30 minutes.
Gear straps do not dangle off the bottom of the pack so that was nice when carrying it on the bike.
I've used it on short hikes, city usage, biking, biking in the rain. It worked well for all of them (Woohoo! one pack for both city and backcountry use.)
Bad : Weird, floppy top pocket that does not compress at all.
Iffy : Zipper closures. They seem ok but I've already snagged them on the fabric a couple times. Will they last when abused?
Best pack I've used. Yes, it has problems but without building my own pack I can't find a better one.
The Summitrocket 30L is as light as MHW claims. It's comfy when loaded, and stashes well when not in use. It seems well built, though well built of very light fabrics. But if it's half full, and you cinch down the compression straps on the sides, the straps pull the bottom of the pack up, they do not squeeze the pack skinnier. It's kind of weird. You end up with the pack in an "S" curve. It has a lot to do with the corrugated plastic piece they use to give the pack some form. It's all but inflexible horizontally but very flexible vertically. You can easily roll the pack up from the toplid to the bottom. If I can figure how to keep things from getting funky I'll give this pack a 4 star rating. If I can't, it get's a 3 star, as it's still superlight and well built, but I shouldn't have to fenagle anything at $150. That was Ueli's job.
Leading up the Gunsight Notch to South Summit route on Seneca Rocks. The pack did its job.