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Object Title: Ghost

Manufacturer: Mountainsmith

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 - 3 Votes


Page By: ScottyS

Created/Edited: Jan 28, 2004 / Jan 28, 2004

Object ID: 994

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From the Mountainsmith Site:

The Ghost is an ultra-lightweight pack that delivers minimalist suspension with big-time comfort. Perfect for adventure racers or those who just really like to travel light.


---Panel load for light weight and ease of access

---Full suspension allows for a carrying load of up to 30 lbs

---Interior hydration reservoir pocket with shingled exit port for effortless hydration

---Side mesh pockets for water bottles and tent poles

---Side compression straps compress pack and allow for adding on accessories or gear

---Ice axe loop

---Quick-store bungie


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ScottySUntitled Review

Voted 4/5


I have a 2001-2002 model, which was the older blue version. I have not seen the newest design, but it looks like they have made some minor changes.

Overall this is a great pack. In fact, its almost perfect. The weight and comfort level is out of this world. The first trip I took it on involved a ~40 lb load of overweek gear on a 10+ mile hike into Saguaro Nat'l Park in Arizona. I was hooked, and have used it on a few interesting trips since then. I've even done some climbing with it loaded, up to 5.7 or so. More on performance later.


The darn pack is so comfortable that it's a pleasure to wear. The hydration pocket is a nice bonus, and the belt is ample and cushy. The extra-thick, water-resistant zipper is heavy-duty, and the material has been really durable. I don't use the bungee often, but it's a nice accessory. I have a feeling that my pack is just fit to my torso perfectly, because I can't stop talking about the level of comfort (did I mention how nice the hiking experience is?). With such a huge capacity, you are set for overnighters or better.

Minor Drawbacks

There are some issues with my model, and I hope some of these were addressed in the latest edition:

1) Small hydration pocket The hydration pocket needs to be taller (there's plenty of room) and/or provided with a hanger of some kind to keep the bladder in position.

2) Only one main compartment Not really a drawback if you know what you are getting into. There is a small key/valuables pocket on the inside, but that's it. Saves weight, I'm sure.

3) Bottom material wears at corners I used this pack for fieldwork as well, and because of the constant setting down the corners on the base where the fiberglass hoop hooks internally got worn fast. Needs a fix.

4) Internal hoop contacts the head when climbing When doing 4th-5th class moves, or just when looking straight up, the head is prevented from moving to dead vertical by the internal frame. A factor to consider --- not a full-time climbing pack.

Without that last complaint, I would have gone full stars.....


This pack helped me on the following trips:

---Week pack trip into Saguaro for fieldwork

---Dayhiking Split Mt., CA, USA

---Dayhiking the East Face of Mt. Whitney, CA, USA

---Dayhiking the N.E. Ridge of Mt. Williamson, CA, USA

---Summiting all 5 Palisade 14'ers in a day, CA, USA

---Climbing Pico de Orizaba from Hildago(sp?) in two days, Mexico

---Plenty of fieldwork, and probably a few other things that I forgot...

Bottom Line

This pack rocks. Get it.

Posted Jan 28, 2004 8:52 pm

rasgoatI agree

Voted 3/5

with the review above except, because of the drawbacks mentioned above, which are very accurate, I feel that there may be a better pack out there.
Posted Jan 27, 2007 2:35 pm

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