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Mountainsmith Debuts Redesigned Backpack Line for 2016 Featuring Cordura® HP Fabrics

Golden, CO – Mountainsmith—craftsmen of iconic backcountry equipment and recreational outdoor gear— is set to debut a completely redesigned backpack collection for 2016 at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Trade Show (Booth #20015). The new designs reinforce Mountainsmith’s commitment to “Forged for Life®” durability and value, while embracing new materials, and modern function, color, and style. Mountainsmith has over 35 years of experience in developing the industry’s most innovative backpack designs, and continues to do so with 2016’s new lineup. 


“Mountainsmith is a diversified brand founded and focused on providing outdoor products with the basic principles of comfort, durability, and functionality at a cost that far outperforms their price tag,” says Mountainsmith Lead Designer Luke Boldman. “Going into 2016, we’ve zeroed in on these core principles by offering an exceptional new line of backpacks and lumbar packs built to last for the long haul, essentially Forged for Life™.”

For 2016, Mountainsmith has systematized their entire product line of backpacks, offering varying sizes, new colorways, and completely redesigned takes on their classic backcountry packs, including the Approach, Mayhem, Scream, Apex, and Lariat series. Mountainsmith has partnered with Cordura® brand fabrics for their 2016 line to offer the absolute best in durability, and to ensure the new line will continue to work hard for many years to come. 

“By designing our new line with Cordura® HP fabrics, we’re offering our customers a true investment in their outdoor lifestyle, not only for their next adventure, but for a variety of activities in years to come,” adds Boldman. “A point of pride here at the Mountainsmith office is seeing a 20+ year old pack coming in for zipper repair or hardware replacement, but everything else looks like it just came in off the showroom floor. From one to 100 liters, we’re building highly functional and durable bags that will look and perform as beautifully in ten years’ time as they do today.“ 

NEW 2016 Pack Highlights 


Apex 100 – MSRP: $249.95

An absolute load monster, this is the pack for hauling serious amounts of gear. Whether you are packing out hind-quarters or packing in the family tent, it can handle it.


Apex 80 – MSRP: $224.95

Ideal for gear-intensive backpacking excursions. Whether you are bringing your photo gear, fishing tackle, or hammock; this pack has room for your deluxe backcountry campsite.


Apex 60 – MSRP: 199.95

Don’t be fooled by its stature, the 60-liter is still packed with features and is the ideal size for extended thru-hikes. Built with Cordura®, it will last you from Springer to Katahdin. 


Lariat 65 – MSRP: $229.95

A multi-day backpacking and adventure travel pack with roll-top access to main compartment. The removable day pack and U-Zip main compartment access round out this backpacker’s dream pack. 


Lariat 55 WSD – MSRP: $219.95

Designed specifically for the female backpacker, the Lariat offers a well-rounded solution for the demands of travel, from the airport terminal to the trail.


Scream 55 – MSRP: $149.95

For the minimalist backpacker, the Scream 55 offers a slew of features and supreme support in a featherweight package. At just over 2 pounds, miles of trail will fly by under your feet. 


Scream 25 – MSRP: $79.95

Stuff this pack into its own pocket and bring it along on backpacking trips for summit assaults. The Scream 25 has also become a favorite for peak bagging and travel. 


Approach 45 – MSRP: $129.95

Extremely versatile panel loader for minimalist weekends in the backcountry, gear intensive day hikes or extended travel to far off lands. 


Approach 25 – MSRP: $89.95

The perfect go-to backpack that will find itself accompanying you to the summits as well as the office or campus.


Mayhem 45 – MSRP: $159.95

The giant opening of the Mayhem 45 makes this pack ideal for accessibility in tight environments like the local crag or a far off hostel, with many conveniences for the trail. 


Mayhem 35 – MSRP: $139.95

Versatility is the name of the game with the Mayhem 35. One weekend it is your carry-on travel bag, the next it is touring the backcountry for an overnight adventure. 


Clear Creek 18 – MSRP: $69.95

Whether you are bagging a fourteen-er in a day or just hiking to the closest peak, this pack will carry your essentials and up to a 3 liter water bladder.


Clear Creek 12 – MSRP: $59.95

Keep it simple and carry a small load. The Clear Creek 12 is perfect for short day hikes and mountain bike rides on your lunch break. 


Pursuit 50 – MSRP: $149.95

Adolescents and small frame users alike can hit the trail in style and comfort while depending on this performance rich internal frame warrior.


Rockit 16 – MSRP: $44.95

A stylish and functional pack for future peak baggers. From the trails to the playground, rugged 600 denier fabric provides durability that your little ones need for years to come.

About Mountainsmith

Headquartered at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, CO for 35 years, Mountainsmith is committed to creating durable provisions for every aspect of your adventure, on and off the trail. Beginning with iconic lumbar packs in 1979, Mountainsmith products carry an emphasis on utility for those who prefer life outdoors. Whether that is a solution for the backcountry, the gear closet, the office, the photo shoot, or even the dog; the brand offers tools that serve a purpose and stand the test of time. Dedicated in its mission to improve the lives of fellow outdoors enthusiasts, Mountainsmith manufactures products that are forged for life. Visit to learn more.