Your weekend pass to the backcountry.

If you're chained to a desk Monday through Friday, the Mountainsmith Lookout 50 Backpack is your ticket to access the backcountry when the weekend finally rolls around. Multiple suspension features are geared towards transferring the pack load over your hips for a comfortable carry while the Perspiration Control system helps your back stay dry and ventilated. Plus, the removable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack for day hikes and peak bagging after you set up camp.

  • Y-Frame dual aluminum stay suspension provides support for heavy loads up to 65 pounds
  • Y-Frame suspension adjusts from 17 to 22 inches for a custom fit
  • Anvil Airway Perspiration Control System features twin elevated foam pads with an open spinal column for ventilation and moisture control
  • Lumbar Control Point utilizes a pronounced padded area to lock the pack onto the lumbar region of the spine for improved load transfer and a better fit
  • ICS (illiac crest shelf) Cup hipbelt has an exaggerated curve that works with the Delta Wing Compression straps to allow you to pull the pack load onto and over your hips for improved load transfer and a more comfortable carry
  • Dual-density shoulder straps provide a comfortable carry
  • Top access makes for organized packing
  • Front panel pocket keeps essential items like a rain jacket or puffy close at hand
  • SlingShot detachable top lid coverts to a lumbar pack or shoulder sling for day hikes
  • Side mesh water bottle pockets help you stay hydrated
  • Separate sleeping bag compartment allows you to pack and access sleep gear without unloading the entire pack
  • Compression straps help to balance the load and can be used as an A-frame or diagonal ski carry system
  • Ice axe and trekking pole loops provide secure external attachment points

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Unanswered Question

Are the aluminium stays removeable/detachable? I'm planning to ship them abroad inside a box with dimensions 24"x18"x24". I'm not sure if i'll fit along with my other items.

5 5

Comfortable, durable, versatile

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Versatility is the name of the game with this pack. It's perfect for a weekend with some luxuries or up to a week in the wilderness if you pack smart. It's not a lightweight pack - the suspension is identical to what Mtnsmith uses on their larger packs, which makes it ideal for trips where you might be carrying extra weight. That being said, at just over 4 lbs it's not excessively heavy.

The pack shows real attention to detail. There aren't any strange things about it that drive you nuts over time as you hike down the trail. It might seem a little strap-crazy, but all the straps serve to stabilize loads and offer outside attachment for items like snowshoes, skis, sleeping pads, etc.

The waist belt and lumbar padding are very effective. The unique angle of the belt really does wrap over your hipbones, and the lumbar pad, while it might take some getting used to, keeps the weight where it ought to be - on your hips and lower back.

The adjustable torso is great for someone like me who usually ends up in-between on sizes with other manufacturers. The strap-adjusted system (yes, more straps) is rock solid and noticeably more stable with loads than other one-size-fits-all torso systems.

This is not quite a minimalist pack, but it doesn't have silly additions that you never use. It doesn't go overboard on pockets or access points - just enough for efficient organization. The mesh pockets aren't as fancy as the stretchy fabric on some models, but they securely hold liter bottles like Nalgenes and Gatorades. The hipbelt pockets are mesh elastic, limiting their security, but they do just fine with snacks and chapstick.

I considered packs from Osprey, Gregory, Deuter, etc. before I settled on this pack. It has premium fit, comfort, and construction. It is miles ahead of similarly priced packs - it's not a "budget" pack except in terms of price. It has held up well and been stable and comfortable for me in a variety of wilderness situations.

Unanswered Question

What does it mean that this pack has an...

What does it mean that this pack has an "extended volume" of 64L? Does this mean that this pack should be considered alongside other packs in the 60L capacity range, or am I missing something?

Are there pockets on the waist-belt?

Are there pockets on the waist-belt?

Responded on

There are indeed! There are two mesh pockets, one on each side of the belt. See the video I posted for a better view.

Unanswered Question

Is it Hydration Compatible? Thanks.

Is it Hydration Compatible? Thanks.

4 5

A simple internal pack

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought this as a gift for my sister, but put my hands on it a bit. Very high quality construction and simple layout for an internal framed pack. Great for beginners and the long weekend trip.

So how do you adjust or buy a pack to fit...

So how do you adjust or buy a pack to fit ones torso? What do you measure to size a pack?

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Most one-size fits all packs like this one have some sort of adjustment system that involves different attachment points or a velcro sheet that allows you to adjust the suspension system for a large range of torso sizes. As far as packs that require you to pick from torso ranges that are more precise go, with only a minimal amount of adjustment, you stand up straight and have someone else measure from your C-7 vertebrae (the large bump at the base of your neck), to a line that's the same height as your illiac crest (top of your hip bone). That measurement is your torso length, and that's what you'll use to determine what size pack you need.

As for this pack in particular, I would be very surprised if your torso length fell outside the 17-22" fit range, even at 6' 2".

Mountainsmith Lookout 50 Backpack

The perfect weekend size backapck, the Lookout 50 can handle 2-5 days in the backcountry with a host of features to cover everything from your next backpacking trip to that winter hut trip to an adventurous canyon hike. With an extended volume of 64L, this weekend warrior will accommodate most any trip on your calendar and offer unmatched comfort and durability along the way. The innovative ICS Cup (Illiac Crest Shelf) hipbelt transfers and locks the pack load onto the hips, the Delta Wing Compression system pulls the load into the lumbar region and focuses on the Lumbar Control Point pad on the lower backpanel to fully secure the pack load against the user's major weight bearing point, the lumbar/sacrum region. All this while the Anvil Airway backpanel keeps you cool on the longest trail day.