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Mountain Hardwear
Crag Wagon 35L Backpack

4.333333333333333 out of 5 stars
9 Reviews


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Why We Like The Crag Wagon 35L Backpack

While the Mountain Hardwear Crag Wagon 35L Backpack sounds like the name of your friend's mom's station wagon back in high school, it is far more advanced and ready for days at remote climbing spots than that old rust bucket. This pack boasts a reliable aluminum frame and smart rope organizer and tarp so that we can climb from sunup to sundown.


  • Climbing pack designed for days at climbing trad or sport routes
  • Durable cotton blend face fabric handles daily wear and tear
  • Aluminum frame centers the load on your back during approaches
  • Padded shoulder straps wick moisture and limit fatigue
  • Rope organizer and tarp keep your rope in tip-top shape
  • Helmet carry frees up space in your pack for snacks and layers
  • Item #MHWZ9M2
Responsible Collection
Organic Materials
[face fabric] 53% hemp, 47% organic cotton, [lining] 70D nylon ripstop
[small/medium] 35L (2136cu in), [medium/large] 37L (2258cu in)
contoured aluminum frame, Hardwave sheet
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
load-bearing, removable
top, front panel
main, front
Helmet Carry
[small/medium] 20.1 x 10.4 x 7.5in [medium/large] 21.7 x 10.4 x 8in
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 3lb 3.5oz, [medium/large] 3lb 3.9oz
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Overall Rating

4.5 based on 9 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
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4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 6 reviews

Fits True To Size

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1 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2024


Size Bought:
6' 1"

Why the $#%& did MH get rid of all the features that made the previous Crag Wagon version the best crag bag on the market?! Gone is the burly 3-layer X-Pac cotton fabric with the diamond pattern, replaced with a way less durable cheap feeling nylon fabric. Gone is the bomber Kevlar base, replaced with the same cheap feeling material as the body. Gone is the convenient interior stormflap useful for cinching the load down. Gone are the industry standard YKK zippers, replaced by cheap knock-off zippers. You know what remained? The MSRP. I realize these bags are now heavily discounted on the website now (not on backcountry though). But man, if you're going to drastically reduce the quality of a once classic bag, then reduce the original price too. My hope is that MH learns from this and with the next release comes out with some actual improvements on the original version, or at least just bring back the original version. This current bag is just a cheaply made watered down version.

Streblo S
4 out of 5 stars

January 28, 2024

Good quality, pretty well designed

This pack performed well, it was comfortable to carry and climb with on a 2000' rock climb. I could tilt my all the way back with my helmet on without adjusting the shoulder straps. I would give it five stars if it had a couple compression straps and the top flap could be better designed- the buckle hook tended to loosen. My only other concern was the knick knack compartment which is on the backside (instead of the usual top)- putting hard items, such as headlamps, in a high wear area which accelerates holes in the bag when chimneying or hauling.


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5 out of 5 stars

November 19, 2023

Good bag so far...

Good bag so far. Lots of nice features. Just enough space for 2 racks, some anchor line and a 60m climbing rope. Also has the handy pouch in front. Overall great deal when I got it on sale earlier this year

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5 out of 5 stars

October 16, 2023

Just right!

Bought this about 2 years ago and it has held up incredibly well. Zippers are stout and material heavy duty. The hip belt has great structure allowing me to carry weight well above its intended use. Being able to open the bag all the way up is great for tossing things in and quickly finding then later. No more small bits sinking to the bottom of the bag. It is a little smaller at 35l than others but I find the streamline shape and ability to throw ropes over the top make it a competitive choice against larger bags.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 12, 2023

Great Backpack!

Hands down, one of the best back packs I've owned!


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4 out of 5 stars

September 22, 2022

Great bag

I bought a cragwagon almost a year ago and loved it every time I took it climbing. Last week I was climbing at shortoff mountain and it got destroyed by a bear stashed at the top of the cliff. No food was in the bag. I ordered a new cragwagon immediately and it just came in. I’m disappointed that the fabric has changed and the removable back panel isn’t nearly as nice as the one in my old bag. Overall still a great bag but I would rather have the older model!


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5 out of 5 stars

September 10, 2022

Love this bag!

This is such a great bag. The design is perfect. I love that it’s easy to load/unload and moving it around the crag is easy to do without having to pack it up. It holds lots of gear and still leaves room for snacks and water bottles. I added some elastic cord to the outer gear loops to be able to have a spot to tuck things away outside the pack. I do wish there was at least one hip belt pocket, but it’s not a deal breaker. Mine has held up well so far and I’ve had it a year. I hope to use it for years to come.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 25, 2022

Durable-comfy pack

I’m 6’2” 175 lbs and I got the M/L frame and it fits me pretty well and is comfortable to carry. The pack material is very durable and the color is great. Glad the bottom is Kevlar to keep it from getting destroyed on the scrambly descents. I can carry a double rack, harness, QuickDraws, first aid kit, 2 L of water, personal gear set, snacks, lunch and helmet inside the pack the the rope coiled and strapped to the outside and it carry’s well considering the weight. I’ve carried this pack for close to 50 miles now. Would buy again.

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5 out of 5 stars

April 21, 2022

a nice update to an already great bag

Super durable fabric, comfy to carry, easy to use at the crag. Highly recommend


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