The apex of adventure.
The Apex 100 Backpack is Mountainsmith's largest pack for anything from full-on expeditions to family backpacking trips. It features X-crossing aluminum stays with a horizontal bar to ensure stability with loads as heavy as 70 pounds, and Anvil Airway's EVA padding provides plenty of cush as well as ventilated airflow. Mountainsmith's TuningFork waistbelt wraps comfy foam firmly around your hips, and it adjusts vertically and horizontally to ensure a proper fit.
The Apex is a traditional top loader with an additional front panel access for easy packing and easier unpacking. There's a bottom compartment for sleeping bags, and an internal divider to separate the pad from the rest of your gear. Mountainsmith also added an internal sleeve for your hydration reservoir, side pockets for water bottles, a front pocket for easy-to-grab layers, and zippered waist belt pockets sized for smartphones.
- Anvil Airway back panel with X-crossing stays and stabilizer bar
- Padded shoulder straps and TuningFork waistbelt
- Top lid and front panel access points
- Sleeping pad bottom compartment with internal divider
- Internal hydration sleeve with port
- Front and side stretch pockets
- Smartphone-compatible zippered waist belt pockets
- Side compression straps
- Item #MOU002L
- Q & A
Large and in Charge!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
For the price - this thing is great large backpacking pack! It's not as light as other packs, but for a workhorse pack for hauling loads - it's great! Highly Adjustable to sizing - its great!
Mountainsmith Apex Series Packs
These internal frame backpacks are made for extended journeys and thru-hiking on long trails. Designed from the waist belt up, with a focus on ergonomics, the Apex backpacking packs are a joy to wear while hiking. Emphasizing durability, this pack is built with CORDURA® fabric and a heavy duty yet lightweight aluminum suspension.
Intuitive features make this a smart and convenient backpacking solution; including a hydration sleeve and port, side-canted water bottle pocket, large U-shaped access zipper, mesh stash pocket, smart phone-sized waist belt pocket, generous lash points for tools, ridged EVA back panel padding, pocket pass-through compression straps, adjustable torso suspension, and an easy forward pull waist belt.
To bring you peace of mind for your backcountry investment, Mountainsmith offers a lifetime warranty on their products. If you are looking to cover long distances with a pack that will last you for trips to come, this is the pack for you.
Best large pack on the market!
I have been a fan of Mountainsmith packs for 20 years. I had used my 1995 Crestone for Winter trips and anytime I needed to carry a lot of weight. I have tried some of the other large packs (Osprey, Gregory, Mountain Hardwear) and none of them carried 70+ pounds as well as my Crestone. In January of 2016, one of the cam buckles on my Crestone broke. I called Mountainsmith. Not only did they fix my old pack, but they offered to sell me an Apex 100 before its official release date,as well. UPS dropped it off the day before I left for a 5 day trip in the White Mountains. This pack is amazing. It carries weight comfortably. There is plenty of room for everything required on a Winter mountaineering trip. I'm planning on using it for family backpacking trips too, once the weather warms up. All of the details on this pack were very well thought out. It is easy to access anything in the pack without dumping it. I would suggest this pack to anyone looking to carry a lot of heavy stuff. If I could give it 6 or 7 stars, I would.
How much does this pack weigh? Don't see it in the specs.
Comes in at 6lbs.