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When your two- or three-night camping trip calls for a lightweight, full-featured Backpack, grab your Mountain Hardwear Wandrin 48 and head for the hills. The Wandrin 48 is roomy, super-durable, lightweight, comfortable, and perfectly adapted to hiking in any season.

  • AirMotion suspension promotes airflow to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Pull-out rain cover stores in lower compartment
  • Separate, easy-access lower compartment easily fits a sleeping bag or other items that you need to store separately
  • Large top zip for east access to main compartment
  • Compression system reduces bulk for more stable carrying
  • Sternum strap and webbing waistbelt for added stability and comfort
  • Padded shoulder straps make heavy loads more comfortable to carry
  • Ventilated waistbelt with convenient pockets for added stability and comfort
  • CoolWave back panel promotes airflow and maintains fit to keep you dry and comfortable, even under heavy loads
  • Dedicated dual-zip hydration sleeve allows the drinking tube to come from the right or left
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research before I bought this pack, I went back and forth between this pack and several others. I chose this one because it had the perfect combination of everything I was looking for, Size, Weight, Color and Features. The mesh suspension helps get airflow on your back. The lightweight shoulder pads and hip belt are comfortable. It's comfortable to carry up to about 35lbs, heavier than that and it starts to become uncomfortable. Side access to the main compartment, pouches on the hipbelt, lots of small pockets, and Sleeping bag compartment are all great features. My MH Phantom 15 fits perfectly into the sleeping bag compartment, although it is a tad tight to get it in. A slightly longer zipper opening would fix this issue.

There are 3 negatives neither are major deal breakers just annoyances. The shoulder straps slip while I am walking causing the the pack to right too low. I have to keeping tightening it while I walk. The second complaint is the hydration pack compartment. it's inside of the main compartment making it difficult to refill the bladder while its in a full pack. You also can't put a full bladder in a full pack. A fix would be to have the hydration compartment between the main compartment and the back suspension. The other issue is there is no hydration tube exit out of the pack, you have to close the zipper up next to the tube, and the zipper can wear out the tube over time. The other complaint is the Pack Cover, it's worthless and just takes up space. It constantly slipped off my pack, and didn't fit well.

Carries weight well.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is great. I carried it for 3 days on a Kings Peak summit trip in the Uinta Mtns. The pack carried 30lbs quite well. The waist strap sometime can come loose while walking but everything else is awesome. The built in rain cover is great. The ventilation on the back helps a lot in my opinion. It was a humid weekend and I stayed much more dry.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this when it was super discounted, so I have no complaints.

It is light, considering all the excessive straps zippers (if you're ounce counting you could definitely trim a lot of compression straps and bungies). It took two full uncomfortable days of backpacking until I really honed in the straps, then it carried weight really well. The frame is a good design, and the airflow on the back is great, but the pad that sits on the base of the spine is a little awkwardly positioned (hopefully it will break in). Considering how thin the shoulder and hip padding is to save weight, it is actually rather comfortable. The material seems a bit more durable than other bags in this weight class. The zippers don't snag much, but when the bag is really bulging they can require two hands. The excessively adjustable hip straps actually require two hands, no one handed tightening/loosening on the fly. The overall design is good, the side access zipper is well placed, and the outer pocket/pouch is rather versatile. The opening to the sleeping bag compartment on the bottom is tiny, so unless you have a bag that compresses really small it is a little annoying getting the bag in there in the morning. Don't factor the rain cover into your purchase. It doesn't cover the entire bag if the bag is full, and the pouch is just a novelty. I might buy a bigger rain cover and put it in the pouch. Overall, it serves it purpose; most of my complaints are regarding the bells and whistles. I will gladly use it for many years to come.

Update: Having used this bag more I am going to bump it up to 4 stars from 3. The solution to sleeping bag compartment problem is to just ditch the stuff sack altogether and just use the compartment (which has its own compression straps perfectly placed) as your stuff suck. Note, this will not work if you have a large synthetic bag that doesn't compress, in which case you don't want this bag period because the separate bag compartment is small. The pad for the base of my spine is finally honed in, and the material is really holding up and pretty water repellant. The only reason it is not getting bumped up to 5 stars is the complaint regarding the waist straps and that the chest strap won't cinch down enough.

I'm 5'9" and usually fit the M/L sizes of...

I'm 5'9" and usually fit the M/L sizes of backpacks. But my hip is 30" small. Will this backpack's M/L size waist belt fit me or be too big ?