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The Mountainsmith Ghost is a lean-and-mean panel-loading single-compartment 3,000 cubic-inch (50 L) internal frame backpack. It features an interior hydration reservoir pocket, two hose ports, two exterior side pockets, a front panel criss-cross bungee cord, and a Delrin rod frame with an HDPE-and-Delrin top assembly supporting the shoulder yoke and load-lifter straps. Weighing but 2¼ pounds with a suggested 25-pound load limit, the Ghost is suitable for lightweight hikers who prefer a frame and rugged pack fabrics but can do without bells, whistles and compartmentalization. It also easily swallows bulky wintertime day-hike loads that overwhelm typical rucksacks. This review evaluates how well the Ghost handles when carrying the recommended load (and a bit more), its packing flexibility, and its toughness in the field.


  • Introduction
  • Specifications: Backpack/Style/Volume/Weight/Fabrics/Features/Volume to Weight Ratio/Load Carrying Capacity/Carry Load to Pack Weight Ratio/MSRP
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • Performance
    • Capacity and Loading Schemes
    • Sample Gear List
    • Fit
    • In Use
    • Wear and Tear
    • Tracking the Changes
  • What's Unique
  • Suggestions

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