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Mountain Hardwear SummitRocket 30L Backpack

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On the way up, express-style.

Mountain Hardwear designed the Summitrocket 30 Daypack to haul your alpine climbing essentials without weighing you down. Not only does the Summitrocket sport some serious innovation and smart features, but Mountain Hardwear had the foresight to make many of them removable so they wouldn't add weight when you weren't using them.

  • Low-profile padded, adjustable shoulder straps provide necessary comfort without frills, and a removable webbing waist-belt and sternum strap secures the load during sketchy approaches
  • Comfortable compression-molded back panel and promotes airflow to keep you dry and crushing it on the mountain
  • Removable HardWave framesheet increases comfort and stability while cutting out weight when necessary
  • Large top zip for easy access to main compartment
  • Ultra-lightweight pack weighs in at less than a pound and can carry all the necessary gear to get you to a summer summit or for mult-pitch routes in the alpine
  • Tons of removable features let you strip this pack down to the basics for an even lighter weight package
  • Super-light, durable 100D HT nylon ripstop and HardWear X-Ply ripstop withstand rugged mountain treks, climbs, and ice-axe contact while keeping your rope and layers out of the elements
  • Top zip pocket holds accessories, snacks, and small tools for vertical conquest
  • Vertical and horizontal daisy chains and ice axe cradles provide plenty of exterior lash points for climbing, mountaineering, or backpacking gear
  • Compression system for added stability can hold extra gear and be removed to reduce weight
  • Top and bottom haul loops are strong enough to clip to your rig when climbing big walls or multi-pitch peaks
  • Fits most torso sizes between 16-22in
  • Item #MHW2086

Tech Specs

[body] 100D HT ripstop dobby nylon, [bottom] HardWear X-Ply ripstop, [accents] HardWear X-Ply ripstop
30L (1830cu in)
compression-molded back panel, (removable) Hardwave framesheet
Waist Belt
yes, removable
(external) 1 top zip
Ice Axe Carry
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty

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Great Minimalist pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What a great day pack! With many minimalist packs, I find that the fit and materials that comprise the belt and straps can be uncomfortable too small/cheap. With this pack, I didn't have any issues at all with that. It made for a very comfortable day hike/picnic. I was able to pack plenty of food, drinks, and goodies with some room to spare. As long as you pack wisely and make sure that your load is distributed nice and evenly in the pack, it makes for a pleasant time. However, I could see with such minimal weight and lacking of materials used for a frame, that there is not much structure to displace weight. So if you pack this a bit carelessly, I could see how someone may be a bit uncomfortable with the load. So if you use it properly, you'll reap the benefits!

lame :(

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack seemed like exactly what I wanted in a light alpine pack, but was NOT. The black fabric tears easily and is cheap. The zippers are very low quality and I did not trust them. The attachment points for ice tools on the bottom where great but the ones on top were flimsy and constantly fell off. I had to keep them in the pack unless I was using them. The pack has a huge top pocket but that doesn't work in conjunction with the compression so when the pack is not full it has this big square flop mess. The webbing on the shoulder strap pulls feels like it will last two weeks. All in all this pack is wildly over priced and only light due to its cheapness. But hey, I might be a beater and you might want to spend a lot of money. Similar BD packs are the way to go I think. Have fun out there.

Not my favorite

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Purchased the Summitrocket backpack a month back and promptly returned it two days later. Thankfully the retailer it came from has an incredible return policy. This pack is essentially one large tube, top to bottom. There is a pocket on the top to hold small items. I found this to be a major inconvenience. When there is any amount of items in the pocket it falls down into the main compartment of the pack. This leaves the pack a floppy mess. There is no structure due to the ultra light material of the pack and large single stuff sack style. The back panel pushes inward and only touches your back on the top and bottom, leaving a gap in the middle. This makes you feel detached from the pack and gives the felling of having a foreign object on your back. I much prefer having something snug fitting that makes me a single unit with the backpack.


Pretty sweet for backpacking/climbing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this several times from backpacking to glacier travel and ice climbing. I love it thus far.

For backpacking I was able to carry

1. Golite shangri la tent

2. Neoair ultra lite

3. Western mountaineering ultra lite sleeping bag

4. Arc'teryx acto

5 arc'teryx atom

6. Titanium cook set and stove/gas

This pack carried well with no problems. I was really surprised but it was great and so light. I was only carrying about 24 pounds and would not want to carry much more but it worked good.

I've also used it for glacier travel and ice climbing on different occasions. Have been able to carry ice tools with no problems despite them only supplying one ice tool carrier.

The top lid is large enough to easily fit an iPad mini plus food and gloves etc.

I like it enough I will likely get the 40 liter for ultra lite trips where I want more hip support.

Pretty sweet for backpacking/climbing

Good pack, specific use

    At first I was unsure about this pack. I bought it for fast and light mountaineering, which is pretty much what it's made and marketed for, but on receipt I wondered if it was TOO minimalist. The shoulder straps are somewhat narrow and only lightly padded, there's no hydration pouch (just a clip), there's not really a good way to carry a rope, etc. Packing for my first use didn't make me feel any better as it seemed pretty full with a downie, light rack, crampons, camelbak and snacks, and even hiking in I was unsure.

    However after having used it, admittedly just a little, I really like this pack. You have to pack it right, and light, and you kind of have to do things ITS way in order for it to work as designed. It's like that car that only works in certain weather but when it does you have the time of your life driving it. You're not going to take this pack cragging, or for a long winter day out. You're going to take this pack on fast and light climbs, or maybe warmer-weather outings where you don't need the extra layers. If you're looking at this pack you probably have some fast and light climbing in mind, and this is definitely the pack for that (but not much else).

    A couple notes. Not sure if this is standard, as it doesn't show it in the picture, but the lower left axe keeper on mine didn't have the metal rod which girths around the axe. In fact it wasn't even threaded such that it could be girthed, I had to feed the axe through the loop and then tighten it. This was easily fixed by disassembling the clasp, threading a large button on the elastic, and installing it properly. Not a big deal but not something I should have had to do myself. Also I added some elastic cord between the two daisies for lashing helmets, crampons, rainshells, etc. and this adds a lot I think.

    All in all, a very good pack but built for a very specific purpose.

    It works.

      It's light.

      The framesheet is minimal but it works when the pack is half loaded or more.

      Size is right. And it compresses well (I was able to adjust the side straps so it doesn't get all curved up like John T Young mentioned.)

      The straps are very easily detached and attached.

      No water entered the pack when used in a drizzle for about 30 minutes.

      Gear straps do not dangle off the bottom of the pack so that was nice when carrying it on the bike.

      I've used it on short hikes, city usage, biking, biking in the rain. It worked well for all of them (Woohoo! one pack for both city and backcountry use.)

      Bad : Weird, floppy top pocket that does not compress at all.

      Iffy : Zipper closures. They seem ok but I've already snagged them on the fabric a couple times. Will they last when abused?

      Best pack I've used. Yes, it has problems but without building my own pack I can't find a better one.

      Light Weight.

        The Summitrocket 30L is as light as MHW claims. It's comfy when loaded, and stashes well when not in use. It seems well built, though well built of very light fabrics. But if it's half full, and you cinch down the compression straps on the sides, the straps pull the bottom of the pack up, they do not squeeze the pack skinnier. It's kind of weird. You end up with the pack in an "S" curve. It has a lot to do with the corrugated plastic piece they use to give the pack some form. It's all but inflexible horizontally but very flexible vertically. You can easily roll the pack up from the toplid to the bottom. If I can figure how to keep things from getting funky I'll give this pack a 4 star rating. If I can't, it get's a 3 star, as it's still superlight and well built, but I shouldn't have to fenagle anything at $150. That was Ueli's job.