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Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW

You won't see this one in stores, or on the Mountainsmith website yet. We take a first look at a super comfortable and well designed alpine/snow sport backpack; a precursor to our full review.


by Jay Ham | 2005-12-16 03:00:00-07

Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW


At 54.1 ounces, the 2014 cubic inch (size Regular) Mountainsmith Fusion 35 is by no means a featherweight, unless you consider what it was designed for. The Fusion is a high-end alpine/snow sport top loading pack with design elements to comfortably and conveniently carry skis, poles, snowshoes/snowboard, ice axe, and avalanche gear. The extra weight is devoted to equipment specific attachments and appropriate reinforcements with Hypalon and heavier fabrics.

In the world of lightweight snow sport packs, the weight of the 54.1-ounce Fusion is comparable with other similar volume packs. The Osprey Switch 25+5 weighs in at 65 ounces, the Granite Gear Contrail at 58 ounces, and the GoLite Delirium at 43 ounces.

The Mountainsmith Fusion 35 is currently being reviewed, and a full report will be available as soon as we get some decent snow for final testing. I have taken it on several day hikes, one SuperUltraLight overnighter, and traipsed around the yard with skis and snowshoes attached to get a feel for how it might perform under its intended purpose. This is one of the most comfortable small volume packs I have used. The dual density shoulder straps, hip belt, and backpanel padding are very soft and supple, conforming well to my contours. Attachment options for snow sport equipment appear convenient and secure. The pack has great overall compression and a single stay to control the load. Look for our full review later this winter after we test the Mountainsmith Fusion on the slopes.

Specifications and Features

  • Internal frame, top-loading alpine/snow sport backpack
  • Competitive weight compared to other snow sport packs
  • Equipment specific attachment points allow fast access to snow sport gear
  • Super comfortable suspension and load supporting single stay
  • Reinforcements in key wear areas provide greater durability
  • Weight: 54.1 oz (1.5 kg)
  • Volume: 2014 ci (33 L) size Regular; 2136 ci (35 L) size Large
  • MSRP $159.00


"Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Jay Ham. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2005-12-16 03:00:00-07.