Mountainsmith's New AT Line-up Outdoes Its Price Tag

For 2013, Mountainsmith, a 30-year pioneer in the outdoor industry, introduces a complete line-up of technical adult backpacks that outdo their price tag in both performance and comfort.
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For 2013, Mountainsmith, a 30-year pioneer in the outdoor industry, introduces a complete line-up of technical adult backpacks that outdo their price tag in both performance and comfort. Features such as the Parallel Y-Frame adjustable suspension, Anvil Airwayâ„¢ Perspiration Control System and abuse-resistant construction are partnered with simple, clean lines at a level of sophistication usually only found on more expensive packs. Mountainsmith's new All Terrain collection of nine packs, including one women's-specific and two for juniors, covers technical day trips to extended expeditions, all with multi-sport capabilities.

Fit, Comfort and Convenience…There are a variety of key Mountainsmith trademarked features found throughout the line. The Anvil Airway™ Perspiration Control System runs the length of the upper torso area allowing perspiration and body heat to escape, keeping users dry and cool. Iliac Crest Shelf™ (ICS™) hip belts have an exaggerated curve that covers and rests on the iliac crest bone, thus shifting loads from the lower back to the user's hips and increasing carrying comfort. Lumbar Control Point™ (LCP) padding accentuates the body's natural ability to bear weight on the skeleton and provides a more comfortable ride on the shoulders. Convenience is enhanced with SlingShot™ detachable top lids that convert into a lumbar pack or shoulder sling. Delta Wing Compression™ belt adjustment pulls loads onto the waistbelt for better ergonomics.

Other features that help push the boundary on technical performance and comfort include side compression straps with reversed quick-release hardware for ski/snowboard carry and tool and trekking pole mounts. Storm collar compression webbing underneath the top lids carry rope and accessories. Shoulder straps are dual density for comfort. Sleeping bag compartments are separate for convenience.

Three key packs in the line for 2013 include the Apex 80 and Approach 50 and 40.
APEX 80 – Expedition pack
Features: Parallel Y-Frame adjustable suspension. ICS Cup waistbelt. Anvil Airway perspiration control system. Lumbar Control Point pad. Dual density shoulder straps. Delta Wing Compression belt adjustment. Sling Shot detachable top lid that converts into a lumbar pack or shoulder sling. Side panel mesh pockets that fit water bottles. Zippered side panel accessory pockets. Separate sleeping bag compartment.
Volume: 4882ci / 5858ci (extended)
Weight: 4lbs 13oz
Fit Range: 17”-22”
Recommended Load: Up to 75lbs
MSRP: $210

APPROACH 50 – Minimalist week-end pack with panel loader system for trail and travel.
Features: Single aluminum stay and PE framesheet for load dispersion. ICS Cup waistbelt. Lumbar Control Point pad. Anvil Airway perspiration control system. Dual density shoulder straps. Front panel to fit 10 Essentials. Tuck away removable waistbelt. Trekking pole carry. Front pull waistbelt adjustment.
Volume: 3050ci
Weight: 3lbs 4oz
Fit Range: 17”-22”
Recommended Load: Up to 50lbs
MSRP: $110

APPROACH 40 – Minimalist week-end pack with panel loader system for trail and travel.
Features: Same features as Approach 50 with shorter torso panel loader.
Volume: 2380ci
Weight: 2lbs 12oz
Fit Range: 15”-19”
Recommended Load: Up to 50lbs
MSRP: $100

Forged in the Rockies, Mountainsmith's commitment to innovation began in 1979 and continues to the present with a full line of active lifestyle products. The quality and comfort of all Mountainsmith products—technical backpacks, travel storage systems, luggage, camera bags, trekking poles, pet products as well as the lumbar pack icons—set the standard for the worldwide outdoor marketplace. Mountainsmith manufactures, markets, and distributes an expanding group of products designed to meet the demands of travel on and off the trail, through airports, and anywhere that carrying-comfort is essential. Mountainsmith products are sold worldwide.

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