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 Seattle native, Jason 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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