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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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