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Mountain Hardwear
Alpine Light 50L Backpack

4.333333333333333 out of 5 stars
12 Reviews
Current price: $165.00 Original price: $300.00
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Why We Like The Mountain Hardwear Alpine Light 50L Backpack

Equipped for rugged alpine expeditions, the Alpine Light 50L Backpack harnesses the powerful strength-to-weight ratio of high-tenacity nylon to deliver a seriously lightweight design that still provides an impressively comfortable and supported carry. A host of thoughtful and customizable details adds versatile functionality to the weight-saving construction, making this pack an all-around win for our demanding multi-day pursuits.


  • Últralight pack saves weight on rugged mountaineering expeditions
  • 200D high-tenacity nylon is incredibly strong and abrasion-resistant
  • Aluminum frame evenly distributes pack load for a supported, stable carry
  • Aluminum and foam frame sheet can be removed and used as a seat pad
  • Foam shoulder straps and back panel deliver a comfy fit and carry
  • Lower tool retention system accommodates straight or curved ice axes
  • A modular center rope strap allows external attachments and compression
  • Removable, padded hipbelt delivers a secure cinch and zip pocket storage
  • Item #MHWZ9UR
200D HT 100% nylon ripstop
50L (3051cu in)
7000 aluminum frame, closed-cell foam frame-sheet (removable)
Shoulder Straps
Hydration Compatible
yes, internal sleeve and hose port
Reservoir Included
top, removable lid
2 side, 2 zippered lid,
Gear Loops
tool carry system, rope strap, A-frame ski carry
Ice Axe Carry
front straps (removable), side straps
[small/medium] 27.6 x 12.2 x 9.1in
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 2lb 8.7oz, [medium/large] 2lb 9.2oz
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Overall Rating

4.5 based on 12 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

April 25, 2024

Great bag

Very nice bag, large and lightweight with good crampon and ice axe attachments.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 8, 2024

Perfect but !

The backpack is perfect, technical, light, resistant but it is only missing something... side pocket to put bottles


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4 out of 5 stars

February 24, 2024

Good pack for winter peak bagging

I like this pack a lot. I use it for overnight snowshoeing in the Northeast. I typically hike in, set up camp, reduce the pack size and go for peaks. The 50L size is good for this. Sometimes I lash a ~10 liter stuff sack to the top with my puffy clothes. I’m 6’ tall and the larger size fits well. Things I would change: The hood needs actual buckles, so it can be easily removed. No one like to fiddle with sliding straps through small slots when it’s zero degrees. I would add a small outside pocket at the bottom of one of the sides for tent poles. The daisy chains are fine, but could be wider for my snowshoes. I don’t like the white fabric. It discolored quickly, especially from the sweat on my back. All this said, I would definitely buy it again.

Geoff Z

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4 out of 5 stars

February 24, 2024

Raide vs, Mtn Hardware

Think it has just about everything you could wish for other than back panel access like the raid research bag has. Otherwise super light, I’m in love.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 11, 2024

Better than hyperlite :)

Great pack! I've used it for a couple alpine climbs and several ice cragging days. It carries a load really well and all the "creature comfort" features are well constructed and useful, ie the side pockets, internal pocket, tool/crampon attachment. The tool carry is no fuss and works great for both techy and straight shaft tools, which is great. The crampon carry is also simple and light, though I'm hoping there isn't any long term wear on the face material. I happen to prefer hip belt pockets over gear loops so I'm a fan of those. The reason I like this pack so much over similar alternatives are the internal frame and load lifter straps are very sorely missed features missing from too many alpine packs. Not sure on long term durability yet as Ive only had it for a month but I've had it out on probably a dozen outings so far and its held up great.


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4 out of 5 stars

December 31, 2023

Great summit/trekking pack

I bought this as a larger alternative to my Scrambler. I just returned from an attempt of Aconcagua and used this my trekking pack. It carries extremely well, provided you pack appropriately. The back has only a thin foam insert to hold shape, so things can get uncomfortable against your back. Again, pack appropriately. The side pockets are absolutely useless for anything other than a map. Otherwise, I love it.


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5 out of 5 stars

November 12, 2023

Great lightweight pack!

Awesome pack. Very durable and lightweight. Fits great and holds all your mountain ascent gear. Highly recommend.

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Rod L

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4 out of 5 stars

October 24, 2023

MH Alpine Light 50

Pros: Carries Well Full featured for an alpine pack Cons: Expensive compared to competition Fiddly tool attachments Top side pockets are kind of a gimmick, cant access them while carrying a rope, would be nice if they were on the bottom of the pack instead of the top. Hip belt pockets instead of gear loops seems like an oversight for a climbing pack, pockets are heavier and less versatile. While having hip accessible storage is nice, having extra gear loops is almost a necessity.


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1 out of 5 stars

September 30, 2023

You'll regret it

If your looking for the worst, most uncomfortable, and inconvenient backpack of your life, look no further. I've summited 6 peaks in this backpack and failed a few just because of the pack. Ice axes never want to stay in place. Nowhere to put a water bottle. I prefer having a water bottle and hydration pack in case the bladder gets punctured or freezes. "Think safety." No dyneema. All around unsafe. Color is absolutely idiotic. If this was designed by mountaineers I'd love to meet them.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 22, 2023

Fully featured Light Pack for mountaineering

Great Pack! I bought this for a 3 day baker climb and it has just the right amout of features for holding an ice axe or two, crampons and two useful side zippers for holding either a water bottle or whatever while also being very light. I would have liked to buy a different color but thats minor gripe.


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