Active Junky Badass Gear Winner
With a removable daypack that really works, there’s room to reach far and long with plenty of day-tripping potential.
No brain? What were they thinking?! In all honesty, testers were skeptical when they first packed the Mountainsmith 65L. After a day or two on the trail with the Lariat 65, they appreciated the roll-top system and the removable outer day pack.
The daypack is the crown jewel of the Lariat as it’s more comfortable than that of the Kelty Coyote. Hip belts got testers hyped, as trail snacks were only a pocket zip and a wrapper rip away. While on the heavy side, the Lariat was one of the most durable backpacks tested. Easily adjustable and affordable, the Lariat quickly became a top tester pick. A one-size-fits-all pack, Mountainsmith’s latest design fits waist sizes from 28”-48” and torsos from 16”-21”.
The lack of a brain was a tough adjustment. Apart from that and the pack’s heavier build, testers were impressed by this Colorado company’s design.
The removable daypack, hands down. It’s actually quite comfortable and easy to attach and remove.
“Mountainsmith tries a lot of different things. Different H20 water bottle holders on each side, different hip belt pockets. In doing so, they prove some notions wrong. New things can work. No brain doesn’t equal brainless.”
The adjustability, durability and versatility of this Mountainsmith backpack suggest it will survive many years, owners and challenging trips. Quality comes at a price. And this time its an affordable one.
- Multi-point ladder adjustable torso length
- TurningFork waist belt
- PE framesheet with x-configuration aluminum stays
- Roll-top closure
- U-shaped front panel access
- Cordura HP ripstop fabrics
- Hydration sleeve with hose port
- Detachable day pack
Size: 4025 cu in
Weight: 5 lb 5 oz
Materials: 5 lb 5 oz