LTR: Mountainsmith Boundary Pack - Mike Curry
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Overall, the Mountainsmith Boundary pack is a versatile pack that I'd
able to use for trips of up to 5 days (or longer under some
conditions), and is almost perfect for my use as an overnight or
weekend pack. It also works well as a daypack while hiking with my
children, where I'm carrying a fair amount of extras. It is
comfortable and very stable, and moves very well with my body.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
During the long-term test period, I have used the Mountainsmith
Boundary pack on two 2-night weekend trips, two single-night trips,
and about 8 day hikes. All trips were in the Olympic Mountains or the
Olympic Coastal Strip of Washington State. Elevations ranged from sea
level to 4,200 ft (1280 m). Temperatures ranged from 35 F (2 C) to 90
F (32 C). Weather conditions have been primarily overcast or sunny,
with occasional rainshowers.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
While I've added a good deal of experience with this pack during long-
term testing, my opinion of it hasn't changed. It's a solid
performer that is comfortable, functional, and versatile.
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Pack on an Attempted Early-Season Fishing Trip">>During long-term
testing, the bulk of my trips have been at higher elevations in the
Olympic Mountains of Washington State. In these locations, the pack
has seen use over rocky, mountainous terrain, and on a number of
trips was used while covering late-season snow. The pack has handled
all these conditions without any noticeable wear or damage, and it
still looks almost as good as the day it arrived.
The fabric this pack is made of seems to repel stains. While using
it as a daypack with my kids I've spilled lots of sticky gooey stuff
in and on it, and I've always been able to just wipe it off. I've
not washed the pack at all (just wiped off obvious spills with a damp
cloth), yet is appears almost as clean as when it arrived.
In regards to comfort, this pack is remarkably comfortable when
traveling over rough terrain. The photo in this picture was taken
after hiking about 1 mile (1.6 k) off-trail scrambling over (and
under) logs and brush, and negotiating some moderate snow slopes. I
experienced very little load shifting, and the pack moved with me
While the channels on the foam pad against your back do provide for
some air flow, I do find my back getting very sweaty and sticky
during warmer weather. My solution to this has been to loosen the
straps and allow the pack to shift lower, positioning the belt at my
hips. I actually find this more comfortable overall to having it
adjusted correctly, however the load is not nearly as stable as when
the pack is adjusted correctly.
I've also gained a lot more experience using this pack as a daypack,
and have discovered that while it is too large for my usual solo
dayhikes (I can't compress the load enough to make it stable). The
pack is perfect when I'm dayhiking with my kids, though, as I can
pack some extra clothes, extra food, and extra everything and use the
compression straps to adjust it down into a nice compact load.
I will likely continue to use the Mountainsmith Boundary pack for
three-season weekend use, summer extended trip use, and for dayhiking
with my family. While it might not be the first pack I reach for
when I'm carrying a large load, or in very high temperatures, I will
probably go to it before all others for steeper off-trail adventures
where load stability is critical.
I would like to thank Mountainsmith and BackpackGearTest for the
opportunity to test the Boundary pack. This concludes my report.
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