Mountainsmith's idea of a lightweight backpack is to reduce weight with lightweight materials without sacrificing features or carrying capacity. Their resulting Mountainlite line is known for high carrying capacities appropriate to their volumes, and features to suit discerning users. In this line, the 1,600 cubic inch (26 L) Mountainsmith Wraith is sized right for lightweight day hikes or fast-packing trips. I tested the Mountainsmith Wraith over four months of heavy use while hiking, fast-packing, skiing, mountain biking, trail running, snow shoeing, and as my daily commute bag.
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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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