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Keeps everything you need to get to the top safe and secure.

Ultra-light, super-versatile, and extremely rugged, the Mountain Hardwear Summitrocket 40 Backpack will take your gear anywhere your body can go (and probably then some). The minimalist, modular design shaves critical ounces and lets you dial in your load exactly the way you need it.
  • Alpine UL suspension system features a removable framesheet, lightweight hip-belt, and comfort pad
  • Roll-top design offers easy access to gear and less overall weight
  • Dual-density, minimalist straps for a balance of comfort and weight savings
  • Removable compression system secures your load, and comes off completely when not needed
  • Dual daisies and ice-axe loops provide plentiful tool carrying options

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4 5

Great lightweight alpine pack. Durable?

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First of all, the weight is off on this one. I have a size M and to get the weight down to 1lb 11oz I had to remove the bivy mat back panel and the corrugated plastic back panel. OK, I wasn't planning on using those anyway. The bivy mat is 1/8th inch black foam. Definitely minimalist. Fine for an unplanned bivy. Otherwise, it's a great lightweight pack. The roll top closure means there isn't a strap to hold your rope. I use a voile ski strap strapped between the two orange handle like haul loops at the top of the pack to secure a rope. The ice ax carry system works fine if a bit contrived. At least it's light. The webbing at the lower sides of the pack is kind of a joke. It's sewn very tight to the pack to make it pretty useless when the pack is full. There is no bladder carry system but you can stick the bladder in place of the bivy mat when you remove it. It'll fit there with the bivy mat too. The lack of structure to the pack means you want to pack it full and compress it down. When you do this, it carries surprisingly well. Much better than my old super light osprey pack. Durability is in question. I'm already seeing stretching at the seams and one of the loops the compression strap feeds through looks like it's beginning to pull out. I'm scared to strap skis on the side of this thing, though I've seen it done. In my mind this is all kind of what you would expect from a lightweight pack purpose built for alpine climbing. I would like a way to carry a rope without having to add my own strap though. I fit a medium great when it's full and compressed and have a 19" back. I fit the large OK but decided to go with the medium. If your back is bigger than 19", go with the large.

Summit Rocket Preparing For Take-off!

Summit Rocket Preparing For Take-off!

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Getting ready to climb and ski Mount Rainier's DC route. Going light and fast with a quick bivy.

5 5

awesome simple, lightweight bag!

i bought this bag as a simple summit pack. it is perfect. it is so lightweight that in February i rolled it up and attached it to the top of my Gregory 70L bag while we hiked 16 miles into Katahdin in Maine, then detatched it and just used it alone for the summit. In the picture below it is full on Mt Hood. It is worth noting how simple it is though. there are no extra pockets or features. Just one big space with a roll-top. It takes some getting used to not having extra pockets. I use a few extra stuff sacks inside for my keys, wallet, food. And it is not really compatible with a camelbak or other hydration system. But the beauty of it is that there is no extra bulk or weight. And the more I used the roll-top, the more i like it. No more zippers to worry about...and then you can compress the pack easier by just rolling it up more. Attaching ice axes, tools, and poles is easy. i really couldn't be happier with this. not for everyone certainly -- but it is exactly what i wanted for my purposes. Also worth noting: i took out the "sleeping pad" and have not used it yet. i rather make this as light and flexible as possible.

awesome simple, lightweight bag!
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COOL Photo NICK!
Where are you?

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thanks! we were on mt hood

Is the framesheet sleeve large enough to...

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Is the framesheet sleeve large enough to fit a thicker pad like a 3/4 Z-rest?

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I speak for the 2012 version of HW summit rocket 40.
Yes, it will fit, as the pocket is quite large. You can take out the little frame sheet to get more space too.
Just measured the dimension of the pocket, it is 25 by 10.5 inches. So your folder 20 inch z-lite should fit. But it is probably going to push into the cargo compartment a bit thick-wise.

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I just received the z lite sol short pad. When folded, the pad can be inserted into the freamesheet sleeve fully (with the original framesheets removed). I tried to insert the pad not fully folded (one fold short, so the pad is wider and thinner), but couldn't do it easily because the pad is too wide this way for the sleeve. Doesn't matter, just be advised that there will be empty spaces on the sides, and the pad pushes into the main compartment a little. This z lite + summitrocket setup is killer in terms of lightweight, support, and versatility.

I just received the z lite sol short pad. When folded, the pad can be inserted into the freamesheet sleeve fully (with the original framesheets removed). I tried to insert the pad not fully folded (one fold short, so the pad is wider and thinner), but couldn't do it easily because the pad is too wide this way for the sleeve. Doesn't matter, just be advised that there will be empty spaces on the sides, and the pad pushes into the main compartment a little. This z lite + summitrocket setup is killer in terms of lightweight, support, and versatility.
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Yes, i have, in fact used my 3/4 length Z rest with this pack to good effect. It's a very tight fit but works pretty well. It's just not as long (high) as the included mat so you lose some structural height if you dont pack it full and compress it down. The other issue is now you dont have any space for a hydration bladder which means you have to either rig a bottle to your shoulder strap or leave it inside the main compartment. I've found I can run a hose out from the main compartment through the rolltop but it's not clean.

4 5

Good for my gear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It is, indeed just a sack. But that is specifically what it was designed for. It's not full of weighty compartments, so planning and organization are the onus of the owner. But if you just want a large volume for rope, crampons, harness, hardware, food, water and an extra layer, and your willing to dig or stick to an stacking technique, then you won't be disappointed.
I was a little put off by the mismatched axe secures. The bottle opener is far better than the elastic, but both work.
The bevy pad is not comfortable, but thats because it's there for an emergency only. Use as a splint or pad for an injured climber or a butt pad for a more comfortable seat.
It's frameless, it's light, but it'll hold a small apartment's furnishings if you're so inclined.

1 5

Expensive Sack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This sack is super light and durable but that is it. I wont even call it a pack because it flops into twisted shapes when not filled with two pillows. That is about all you want to carry in this sack because a rope and gear is far too much weight for it. I like it's little brother the 30 which does at least have one pocket. But if you are to haul 40l worth of gear, get a pact that has some sort of frame. The "bivvy" pad is a total joke at 3mm thick. Notice that Uli (the designer) really isn't sleeping on it in any of his adventures.

3 5

Not exactly as pictured or described

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mountain Hardwear stopped making this thing with two of the "bottle opener" type ice tool lashing devices with this pack. The photos on this and most other sites show two of them. Those allow tools to be strapped to the pack. Now it is made with one bottle opener and one empty bungee. You can still figure out how to rig it to strap a second tool to the pack, but this change was stupid, and the photos need to be changed. The photo on this site with two tools strapped to the pack using those bottle openers is now impossible.

5 5

Great bag

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently bought this pack and took it to climb the Grand Teton. It is super functional, and incredibly light. This is a stripped down design which works great for summit days or a single overnight. It keeps the weight down by keeping the bag simple -just one big opening - no compartments, side pockets, camera pockets, etc. Its great for what it's designed to do, which is carry your essential gear with the minimum of weight. I found the shoulder straps comfortable for the 20 mile round trip carrying about 25 pounds of gear. Overall I'm super happy with it.

4 5

Light is right

Great minimalist pack. Light and durable. It's kinda hard to get used to not having any little pockets or places to stash anything, but you get used to it.