A quick stop at the Mountain Hardwear booth yielded a shiny new discovery. Well, It’s not one of those “still under wraps” type of discovery, more of a “late to the party” discovery since I missed Winter Market in Feb 2007. I typically pass through some of the big boys booths to see if I can spy something new. And, tucked in the corner I found the new Mountain Hardwear Huckster backcountry ski pack.

A quick glance at the pack yielded a glimpse into the functionality of this new pack in the Mountain Hardwear line. Here’s a few things that caught my eye:

  1. Sturdy cross-carry system for those long bootpacks
  2. A suspended back panel to keep your back as dry as possible
  3. Seems to be the perfect volume for a few hours of touring–just right in my book
  4. A built-in bottle opener just for kicks
  5. The only potentially negative thing I saw was the straps as they seemed a bit thick compared to the low profile neoprene-esque ones on most packs of this type.

Hopefully we can get our hands on a Huckster and give it the beat down this winter. From the looks of it, I’m sure it will perform with the best packs in the business. Here’s a little more about the Mountain Hardwear Huckster pack from MountainHardwear.com:

  • Quick-release side straps for A-frame carry
  • Sturdy cross-carry straps
  • Aluminum rod and padded trampoline back panel
  • Snow safety gear pocket to stash your shovel, probe, inclinometer, etc.
  • Axe-S quick-release ice axe loop
  • 1200 cubic inches
  • Available colors: green and red
  • 2 lbs. 6 oz. weight
  • MSRP: $100
  • Visit www.mountainhardwear.com for details.

The Huckster has a big brother, the Glisse that has a 1700 cubic inch capacity for longer days in the backcountry.

The Mountain Hardwear Huckster is available now from Backcountry.com for $95 with free shipping.

Mountain Hardwear Huckster Backcountry Ski Pack
Mountain Hardwear Huckster Backcountry Ski Pack - Suspension Design

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

1 Comment

  1. I don’t know why pack makers put both zippers of a clam shell design under the compression straps. They must not get out much. I’ll wait to pass judgement after you beat this thing up this winter.

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