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South Col™ 70


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Light, flexible and roomy, this pack is the perfect one-pack solution for expedition climbing

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  • Weight: - 3 lb. 9 oz. / 1.62 kg.
    3 lb. 12 oz. / 1.70 kg.
    4 lb. / 1.82 kg. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Pack Capacity: - 3975 cu. in. / 65 L
    4275 cu. in. / 70 L
    4575 cu. in. / 75 L -
  • Good For: - Alpine Climbing -


Light, flexible and roomy, this pack is the perfect one-pack solution for expedition climbing

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  • Flexible design concept allows suspension and bag components to be removed to significantly reduce weight when not needed
  • Versatile Alpine suspension provides outstanding stability, comfort and support
  • Highly functional Alpine Compression Strap System with glove-friendly buckles secures overloads, effectively shrinks pack to minimal volume, and tucks away inside front panel pocket when not needed
  • Skirt extension adds 500 cu. in. / 8L of carrying capacity when needed
  • FlapTop design allows pack to be used without the top lid with no compromise in compression or weather-protection
  • Durable Dyneema front panel offers lash points for all kinds of mountaineering gear
  • Removable top pocket has webbing loops on top and rope strap underneath
  • Ski-friendly feature set including ski loops and shovel space in front pocket
  • Can be upgraded to optional BMG low-profile FitLock hipbelt for extra support with very heavy loads
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  • Fabric Accent: HardWear™ X-Ply Ripstop
  • Fabric Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% nylon
  • Fabric Bottom: 840D HT Ballistic Nylon


  • Pack Weight Small: 3 lb. 9 oz. / 1.62 kg.
  • Pack Weight Medium: 3 lb. 12 oz. / 1.70 kg.
  • Pack Weight Large: 4 lb. / 1.82 kg.
  • Pack Capacity Small: 3975 cu. in. / 65 L
  • Pack Capacity Medium: 4275 cu. in. / 70 L
  • Pack Capacity Large: 4575 cu. in. / 75 L
  • Pack Dim Medium: 30 in X 14 in X 13 in / 76 cm X 37 cm X 34 cm
  • Pack Dim Large: 32 in X 15 in X 14 in / 81 cm X 38 cm X 36 cm
  • Pack Torso Small: 15.0 in. - 18.0 in. / 38 cm - 46 cm
  • Pack Torso Medium: 17.0 in. - 20.0 in. / 43 cm - 51 cm
  • Pack Torso Large: 19.5 in. - 22.5 in. / 50 cm - 57 cm
  • Pack Waist Small: 27 in - 31 in / 69 cm - 79 cm
  • Pack Waist Medium: 30 in - 35 in / 76 cm - 89 cm
  • Pack Waist Large: 34 in - 39 in / 86 cm - 99 cm


South Col™ 70 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice backpack, but could use more of a frame and extra access points. This is, obviously, a very easy-on-the-eyes backpack, which may have been more of a factor for choosing it than it should have been (I will take the hit for that). I used it for a 4-day backpacking trip on the Kalalau trail on Kauai (11 miles one-way, with multiple 800+ foot climbs, narrow paths sometimes on sheer cliff faces, wet/slippery trails, and multiple river crossings), weighed down with 40-50 lbs. of water, hammock, mosquito net, sleeping bag and pad, 5 days worth of dehydrated food, camping stove + gas bottle, emergency kit, and a little bit of heavy camera equipment; probably much heavier than I could have been, but well worth the extra effort. All that being said, and hopefully not speaking out of inexperience, the wrong application, or contrary to any design principles, the following would've been nice: - A side and/or bottom access point(s) to reach items mid- or bottom of the pack without unpacking the whole bag. Even with the best packing/planning, sometimes you just never know when you suddenly need that thing you packed in first, right? - The waist strap, as light as it is, feels relatively flimsy and just doesn't seem to transfer weight to the hips as well as it could. - The backplate system seems alright, but, especially as I drank down my reservoir, aside from things formerly cinched down became loose, but that also caused a shift in the weight and its ability to transfer the weight to the hips, and instead started moving the weight back, away from the body, and I just couldn't quite get the weight distribution down. Perhaps a system closer to that of a traditional frame setup would alleviate that weight transfer. Again a very aesthetically pleasing backpack, very light base weight, and some cool bells and whistles, but could possibly use an extra bell/whistle and stronger/more rigid back-waist system. Still gets the job done functionally and fashionably...
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple design I was looking for a pack with very few bells and whistles and that was durable. I used it for 25 days on a Denali patrol and it performed well on all occasions. I connected it to a sled and that worked fine. The attachment points for the sled were on the ski loops on the sides of the pack and the stitching held tough even when hauling heavy loads. The size is too small for full load hauling on big mountains, but it did fine in conjunction with the sled, or ferrying loads. I reverted to an old Dana Astraplane for the hike out of the range. If you want a pack for LARGE loads then the BMG is the pack for you. Otherwise I love the durability, simplicity, and weight of the South Col.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and light pack This is a well built simple pack with only the necessary features. My favorite part of the bag is that is it large and extremely light weight with options to strip it down to a minimalist pack if so desired. Plenty of room when expanded all the way out for extended trips but very easy to trim it down to a nice compact unit. Great job MH, love the pack.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile pack A good versatile pack. Not bad on weight for all the features.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomber Versatile Pack This pack is exceptionally well designed. I picked it up for a Rainier climb and it was great. You can strip it down to a light summit pack by removing the top lid and swapping belts. The compression straps are perfectly designed, so both large or small loads are evenly weighted. The one downside is the ice axe attachment. It's confusing to use and doesn't work as designed on all axes.
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bombproof pack for medium to heavy loads I bought this backpack because my older model Direttissima was just a tad too small for all the stuff I wanted to take on my summit attempt of Mt. Rainier. I really like it overall but I have a few minor issues with it: The sternum strap buckle sliders are made to come off, but they come off a little too easily. The right side came off a few times on the climb. The water bladder pocket entry is sewn high on the bag so that when you load a full bladder into it, it pulls the main compartment sides down. Once you have a full pack, the bladder issue is solved. The buckles for the top lid are sewn on with one side backwards. . . not sure why. If there is some cool design intended, it wasn't covered in the tag. Likewise with the ice axe tool clips. I couldn't figure out they worked until the climbing ranger showed me. They work fine, but I miss the old school strap that my Direttissima had. The main compartment mouth has two draw cords that snag on the material as you close them. Okay enough complaining. . . The pack is made really well. It fits really tight against the body and keeps the center of gravity close to you. Despite the larger bag, the new materials make it lighter than my older Direttissima. I also like the way you can strip the pack down so that it's ultra light for the final summit push. They moved the center pocket access to the outside of the bag which makes it it very useful. It's perfect for gloves, hats, rope gear, etc. . .I like the whistle on the sternum strap buckle. I know that's not MH specific, but it's a nice touch. I didn't use the ski slots but the look pretty strong. This a great pack and it worked for me. Buy it if you need a pack that's light and strong and can haul everything simply.
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By FAR the BEST! I've used multiple competitors packs and this MH model is by far the most comfortable and durable. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. Weight is perfect and it can carry enough gear for a week trip with ease. The ability to strap the load down close makes it a wonderful pack to carry and the load will never shift on you. I've got 3 MH packs now, a daypack, a weekender and this model for major AT section hiking. This is the Best you can get.
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid! Great pack. It has a place for everything. Can handle a heavy load and collapses nicely for lighter loads. I will be upgrading the waist belt. From reading the other reviews maybe it should just come with it!
Date published: 2012-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very nice pruduct This product has very good features, well design and good materials, however I think it may need a manual of the features for what the gadgets of the bag might be used for.Overall, very good product.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid pack I bought this pack a year ago and really love it. I used it on several climbs with 35-40 Lbs. and it handled solidly keeping the weight distributed on my hips and shoulders. It climbs well and handled high-steps and rough terrain. I used it on Mount Rainier carrying a 50 Lb. load and the hip belt sagged a little, but that was expected and I upgraded to the Fitlock belt and that supported where needed. Great technical pack with all the straps and pockets in the right places. The fabric is bomb-proof and highly water-resistant. I highly recommend this pack.
Date published: 2012-02-21
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