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2010

Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Pack review
Written by Jon Root   
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Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Pack
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The Fluid 32 day pack is one of Mountain Hardwear’s upper end offerings in the category of lightweight, solidly constructed, well designed packs for day trips or fastpacking outings.  The gray and red lightweight top loader out of the box is a superb piece of equipment that provides ample cargo space (1950 cubic inches/32 liters) with a lightweight feel.

Weighing in at 2 pounds and 7 ounces empty, the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 provided a favorable experience across separate hikes, each outing covering 8+ miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain in both high and low temperatures.

This Lightweight Top Loader boasts a Hardwave Framesheet that keeps the back panel flat for a snug and stable fit. Loaded with 30 pounds of clothing, gear, food and incidentals, The Fluid 32, with its padded shoulder straps and ventilated waist belt provided a snug and body forming fit that was a joy to carry on various hiking and trail outings. The pack met the company’s reputation for high-quality and superb fit, offering favorable options including multiple zip compartments for easy and smooth access to items stored and packed.

The On-The-Fly compression allows a hiker to adjust the pack’s contents on the well-designed frame, so even dense loads are perfectly distributed allowing the user to not feel out of balance at any time, in narrow passes, or traversing steep mountain goat type trails. In 90 degree heat, the frame design offered superb ventilation and comfort.

Mountain_Hardwear_logoConstructed of Cordura nylon the straps/compression system was an advantage, proving durable construction and extreme comfort while serving up a water-resistant exterior where contact with rough surfaces doesn’t cause concern.  The Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 prices at $130 and continues their legacy of high-quality products that are well designed.


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Jon Root

Jon RootWith a last name like Root, it's easy to understand Jon's connection to the outdoors. He has found happiness from an early age exploring and experiencing what nature has to offer.

An ardent hiker, rider and professed outdoor enthusiast, Root often expresses how a good ride, a new place with a new experiences and nature’s inspirations keeps him on the move toward another vista.

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