The rugged Mountainsmith Apex 100 internal frame backpack offers over 7000 cubic inches of storage space. Load-carrying capability and organizational features combine to make the Apex 100 an ideal option for extended backpacking trips.
Offering over 7000 cubic inches of storage, the Mountainsmith Apex 100 is a durable, rugged pack built for extended trips in the backcountry. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
I am going to turn the pack around and take a look at its suspension system. So we have got a really nice suspension system in play here that is going to allow really good weight distribution and comfort in the Apex 100. We have got a parallel Y frame there with these two stays will effectively transfer the load down to the hips. And the compression molded back panel is going to have some really good comfort as well as breathability and venting. We have got Mountainsmith’s anvil airway suspension, so that is going to allow some airflow throughout the back panel here. So there is a nice channel in between these pads which is going to allow some good ventilation to reduce the amount of perspiration and sweat build up.
Again, the shoulder straps and the back panel as well as the hip belt are cushioned well to keep you uncomfortable while still efficiently transferring all that weight down into the hip belt. And we have also got the iliac crest shelf system in the hip belt here so it is going to help to really cup the hips and contour to your shape while transferring that weight and carrying that load comfortably. So you have got really good features in play here on the back panel.
It is also very adjustable. So it will adjust between 17 to 22 inch torsos which is a good range for the Apex 100. And we have got some nice adjustment in the hip belt as well. So really good fit on the Apex 100 backpack here.
So turning the pack around here again we are going to take a look at its storage and pockets. So it is a top loading pack, so you have main access point from the top here. The standard capacity for this pack is around 6100 cubic inches, but it does have this spin drift collar, which is going to allow it to expand upwards of over 7000 cubic inches. So we have got a really nice feature up in the collar of this back pack.
Now like I said it is a top loading design. That hood does float. So it will work with the pack and go up and down as needed depending on the amount of items you have in the backpack.
The hood is also completely removable and it will act as either a lumbar pack or a shoulder sling depending on how you want to use it. So it is a nice feature, some added versatility there. Kind of counts as a detachable day pack. So nice features in the hood.
Moving down we do have a front pocket. Here it is a large front pocket and you actually can open it up and there is a mesh divider, but with this mesh divider you can unzip it and access the contents of the pack back directly from the front here without every having to go into the top of the pack. So you can use this as a different storage option or unzip this little mesh here and have complete access to the pack itself. So some added benefits to that pocket, which is a nice pocket there.
Going down the front we have also got lower sleeping bag compartment, so nice convenient place to put your sleeping bag. And there is a divider in there. It is just two low lash points that keep it dividing the contents of the pack bag, but you can remove that or drop it so that it is one continuous compartment rather than two separate compartments. So nice storage capabilities on the backpack.
There are also pockets on the outside. So you have got two large pockets on the sides, pretty sizable. You can fit things in there like tent poles, water bottles, maybe trekking poles if you need to, but very large side pockets. And there is one on either side. So you get a lot of extra storage there for things that you may want to keep handy, but, you know, still tucked away.
We also have two small hip belt pockets. So there is a mesh hip belt pocket on the right and left hip belt. So you can store some food or snacks there, maybe something you want to keep at hand quickly, so nice pockets there. And, again, with the hood we have got a nice pocket up there, so it is going to give you access to the full capacity if the hood, just one pocket on the hood there, but, again, that is a day pack. It is a shoulder sling. It needs to be... you know, it is a small pack. It will pack in what you need to on those smaller day hikes if you set up base camp.
This pack is hydration compatible. So there is a port right on the back here that will allow you to run a hose out. And there is a compartment on the inside which will allow you to put that hydration system in there. It doesn't come with hydration, but it is compatible. So nice features along there.
Turn the pack around one more time just to take a look at the rest of the features we have got going on here. We do have some side compression straps at the top and bottom. They are going to help to cinch down the load in the event that you don’t have this pack fully packed out. So got really good adjustability and compression on the top and bottom. Or can unclip those if you need to.
Along with the lash points that hold down the hood, there are some daisy chain attachments, so you can clip some gear there, have some external storage capacity.
We also have some trekking pole or tool bungees on either side and some loops down here at the bottom to attach those items, so some extra features and versatility in the Apex 100.
So, again, this pack was designed to haul a lot of gear and haul it comfortably. It will hold up to 75 pounds and it will still remain comfortable and flexible on the user. So if you are looking to carry everything with you for an extended trip without leaving any-thing behind, this is a great option.
It is the Mountainsmith Apex 100.