New for spring 2006, the Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Alpine pack may be perfect for an all-day, off-piste ski or hut-to-hut trip. It is absolutely loaded with features intended to make carrying snow sport gear easier. Its 2014 cubic inch volume and exceptional durability make it suited for extended trips where a typical hydration pack will leave you short. After four months of testing, I have really gotten to know the performance qualities of this pack. Are they enough to substantiate the 54.1-ounce weight?
Jay Ham started backpacking in 1990 and went lightweight in 1995. Wanting his children to experience and share in his love of the outdoors, he became obsessed with reducing the family's base weight to make backpacking with small children possible. He and his wife began designing and making much of their family's gear (including kid-sized frameless packs and top bags), as lightweight gear was scarce at the time. With a Masters in Soil Science, Jay now manages a 2.5 million acre Soil Survey project in remote Northern Arizona.
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