We’re taking a look at the Mountainsmith Phantom 40 which is a pretty versatile little pack with an excellent suspension system on the back, we’ll get into that in a moment, nice organizational features and dual panel /top loading as a couple different ways to get into the pack. There is also nice organization inside the Mountainsmith Phantom 40. So we’ve turned the Phantom 40 around and we’re going to take a look at its suspension system. You’ll see a call out to the Breezeway suspension there and if we turn this just slightly you can see just how much airflow is available here behind the padding. It runs down each side of the back and also in the lumbar section and then the pack itself. There is some metal framing for stability, also a PE frame sheet within the pack that offers even more load support. So you’ve got great airflow so condensation doesn’t build up and keeps you cooler on the move. There is extensive padding here up into the contoured shoulder straps and you can see the fully adjustable sternum strap there. A pivoting, fully padded hipbelt with a fully adjustable, broad wrap and there are some small mesh pockets on either side of the hipbelt. The Phantom 40 comes in two different sizes, a small/medium and a medium/large, to accommodate varying torso sizes. The capacity of the Phantom 40 in both instances is a bit over 2500 cubic inches and the internal space has some really good organization which is what we’ll look at next. The main compartment has a large zipper that run around the back of the pack and peels forward which gives you really nice access to the internals of this pack. I’ve got a hydration bladder hung inside with the hose running out through the port and all kinds of gear inside. On the front there is a deep pocket with good visuals due to the bright yellow fabric, got a map book in there. Another zippered pocket on the face gives another place to stash gear and organize your contents. Behind that is a deep stretch pocket with room to get a lot of stuff tucked in behind it like a lightweight jacket that I might need and not want to dig through the pack when I do need it. Stretch mesh pockets on either side, I’ve got a water bottle tucked away here, and all kinds of attachment points too, to lash gear externally. It makes this good lightweight option for hiking or climbing or a single overnight, again, Phantom 40 a pretty interesting little pack.
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