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Mountain Hardwear
PCT 50L Backpack - Women's

4.666666666666667 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
Color:Northern Blue


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Why We Like The PCT 50L Backpack

We load up the PCT 50L Backpack for a weekend on the trail. The women-specific harness system and adjustable torso give us a customized, comfortable carry. We move with ease as the lightweight frame transfers our load to our hips where the dynamic waist belt keeps it centered.


  • Rugged, women-specific backpack for multi-day treks
  • Enough capacity for long weekends and gear-intensive day adventures
  • Sturdy perimeter frame manages heavy loads
  • Body-hugging back panel provides full support and optimal airflow
  • Padded shoulder straps and hip belt for a comfortable carry
  • Removable hydration sleeve doubles as a daypack for side trails
  • Trekking pole / ice axe loops and daisy chain for organization
  • Item #MHWZ9I7
Responsible Collection
[face fabric] 210D recycled ripstop nylon, [bottom] 500D Cordura nylon plain weave, [lining] 70D ripstop nylon polyurethane
[small/medium] 55L (3356cu in), [medium/large] 57L (3478cu in)
full trampoline back panel, adjustable torso, 7000-series aluminum perimeter frame
Shoulder Straps
women's-specific fit, padded
Waist Belt
women's-specific fit, padded, 3D pivoting
Hydration Compatible
removable hydration sleeve (reservoir not included)
front shove it with zippered internal pocket, 1 zippered front, 2 side stretch water bottle, 2 zippered hip belt, removable top lid with 2 zippered compartments
Gear Loops
front daisy chain
Ice Axe Carry
attachment loop
Trekking Pole Carry
attachment loop
Detachable Daypack
removable hydration sleeve doubles as daypack
dual side compression straps
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 3lb 12oz [medium/large] 3lb 13oz
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Overall Rating

4.5 based on 3 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

September 22, 2021

Great Pack

One of the most comfortable packs with a load I have ever owned


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5 out of 5 stars

July 29, 2021

Love this pack

This is my first pack. Used it for a three day backpacking trip in the North Cascades where I hauled my stuff and much of my kiddo’s. And, I packed WAY too much food. This pack was lightweight and allowed for flexibility in packing options. Lots of pockets to stash items. The fabric is super durable yet not thick and inflexible like many other packs.


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4 out of 5 stars

July 13, 2021

Comfortable AND lots of pockets? Who knew..

Alright, let's get down to business with this fantastic new pack from MHW. I have taken this pack on a few shorter 20-30 mile trips, but I recently took it for a true ride on a 105-mile 6-day backpacking trip to test its strengths. Here are the basic pros and cons of this bad-gal that I figure you could benefit from. For reference, I am 5'9", 165lbs with a 16.5-inch torso, and I purchased the S/M. Pros - Extremely comfortable. The new trampoline back panel is a game-changer. SO MANY COMPARTMENTS. There are technically four different compartments in the brain alone. It helps with the organization and separation of items. I typically kept my Sawyer and extra water bladders in the very front pockets for ease of access. Lots of loops to hook things to. For once, the chest strap is actually long enough to buckle across my chest without suffocating me. I am a 38D for reference, and this has been an issue in the past. That said, I still think for larger chested women, it could be more forgiving. The mini daypack inside came in handy. Things that could improve The hip belt compartments are way too small. Thank goodness I wear a fanny pack because basically all that fits in there is a chapstick. I ended up shoving wrappers in them most of the time, but that is all. The water bottle sleeves are too snug and too far behind me to reach. I could not get my water out without having assistance from a friend or taking the pack off. HOWEVER, I am using a 1.5L smart water bottle that is very tall. You will notice from the photos that the bottom of the compartment is open. You could slide a smaller water bottle in there, and it should fit. I myself put my bear spray there for quick draw access. See photo for reference. The area where you put your sleeping bag is pretty small. A sheet of fabric separates the main compartment from the bottom, but I ended up unhooking it because my bag would not fit well without significant effort. I have the Nemo Disco 15. Not the biggest deal in the world, just something to note. This pack does not come with a pack cover for rain. I would much rather have that than a smaller daypack. Overall I am SUPER happy with this pack and left the trail pain-free and ready for more.

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