Outdoor Industry Award 2013
Gear Junkie Best in Show 2013 (Winter)
Swipe for more images

South Col™ 70 OutDry Backpack


http://www.mountainhardwear.com/south-col-70-outdry-backpack-OU5955.html OU5955


The one-pack solution for mountaineering expeditions on the world's highest peaks. The flexible design and highly evolved compression system lets you add and remove components as well as shrink and expand the pack as needed. OutDry construction bonds a durable waterproof membrane to the main compartment so that your gear stays safe and dry in even the wettest conditions.
Style# 1539841
product.components.activity: Alpine Climbing, Backpacking / Hiking


Product Actions

Add to cart options
* Elevated Rewards members receive free standard ground shipping
Add to Wishlist

Features & Specs

  • Waterproof Technology - -
  • Weight: - 3 lb. 11 oz. / 1.66 kg.
    3 lb. 13 oz. / 1.72 kg. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - -
  • Pack Capacity: - 4270 cu. in. / 70 L
    4575 cu. in. / 75 L -
  • Good For: - Alpine Climbing -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


The one-pack solution for mountaineering expeditions on the world's highest peaks. The flexible design and highly evolved compression system lets you add and remove components as well as shrink and expand the pack as needed. OutDry construction bonds a durable waterproof membrane to the main compartment so that your gear stays safe and dry in even the wettest conditions.


    Play video


  • OutDry membrane construction main compartment keeps your gear safe and dry
  • Flexible design concept allows removing or adding pack components for optimal versatility
  • HardWave suspension conforms comfortably to the curve of your back and distributes weight evenly but is removable for carrying light loads
  • Multiple lash points and long compression webbing allow for overloads while effectively reducing volume as needed to keep any size load stable
  • Large zippered front pocket allows storage of frequently needed items or tools and maintains volume even when main compartment is full
  • Easy access crampon stash pocket
  • Intuitive, easy to secure and adjust ice-ax / ice tool carry system with pass through sleeve to conceal picks
  • Super-strong X-Ply Ripstop front panel offers extreme abrasion resistance and tear strength at an incredibly light weight
  • Great load transfer through an aluminum perimeter stay that locks into hipbelt while allowing slight pivoting
  • Dual-density shoulder straps carry in comfort
  • Removable padded waist belt, with gear loops, adds stability
  • Swap the padded waist belt for a webbing belt (included) when carrying lighter loads
  • Removable top pocket with zippered security pocket inside for valuables
  • Reinforced grab handle ensures safe hauling when needed
  • Deep wand or picket pockets with hook and loop closure
  • Imported


  • Fabric Accent: HardWear X-Ply Ripstop
  • Fabric Body: 400D HD Nylon
  • Fabric Bottom: 840D HT Ballistic Nylon


  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Pack Weight S/M: 3 lb. 11 oz. / 1.66 kg.
  • Pack Weight M/L: 3 lb. 13 oz. / 1.72 kg.
  • Pack Capacity S/M: 4270 cu. in. / 70 L
  • Pack Capacity M/L: 4575 cu. in. / 75 L
  • Pack Dim S/M: 34 in x 13 in x 14 in / 86 cm x 33 cm x 36 cm
  • Pack Dim M/L: 36 in x 13 in x 15 in / 91 cm x 33 cm x 37 cm
  • Pack Torso S/M: 16.0 in. - 19.0 in. / 41 cm - 48 cm
  • Pack Torso M/L: 18.5 in. - 22.0 in. / 47 cm - 56 cm
  • Pack Waist S/M: 28 in - 34 in / 71 cm - 86 cm
  • Pack Waist M/L: 33 in - 39 in / 84 cm - 99 cm


South Col™ 70 OutDry Backpack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect Just used the pack on a short backpacking trip. More than enough room for my food, tent, sleeping bag and pad, cook kit, stove, fuel, water, clothes. Got wet, but everything inside stayed dry. I am 5' 9" / 165lb and the S/M was a perfect fit for me. If the side pockets on the outside bottom left and right were a little bit bigger I would have been able to stick my fly rod tube in there. It would have been nice if these pockets were just a bit bigger.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Pack I didn't think I would be so happy about a pack. After researching and interrogating my friends for months I opted for the Outdry and it has been the best decision. Waterproof: Sure you can throw everything into a garbage bag or some dry sacks, but why? Can't fit everything in the tent or under the rainfly? Just leave it out. Worry free. Organizable: It looks super pretty when fully loaded. Tons of straps too. Comfy: I've had it fully loaded for a couple multi-day trips and have yet to find it uncomfortable. Compressible: I don't often need 70L, this pack is very accommodating if I want to drop volume. Cons: The single large compartment having a single access requires more thoughtful packing. No drink pockets or camel pack pocket are easily overlooked (I hang a bottle from the gearloop) You will not regret buying this. If you are unsure about size I think the 70 with its versatility is a solid route to go.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent big-trip mountaineering pack I recently used this pack for some extended outings in the North Cascades of WA, and was extremely happy. With mountaineering packs, the comfort is decent enough but none of them will be a robust load hauling system at under 4lbs a pack. You have to pack light and be okay with good, not luxurious comfort while carrying. This pack was absolutely good enough up to 55-60lbs. What really makes this pack great is the fully waterproof main compartment and mountaineering-specific features. The tool/axe holders were great, the crampon pouch is perfect, and the single outer pocket is more than enough for those easy access items like a shell top, gloves, belay jacket, food, extra water, etc. The drawcord closure on top is exactly what you want on the mountain. I've seen zippered bags come open and result in loss of essential equipment, like crampons, halfway up. Experienced mountaineers will likely not even notice the lack of hydration pouch/ports, water bottle holders, organizational pockets, etc. None of those are really needed. Two complaints only. The outer side pockets are tiny, could be a touch bigger, would make pickets feel more secure. lastly, the top pouch could use the outdry treatment too.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2 Complaints Great pack! this is MH's best 70l yet. That being said MH can improve upon: 1) for such a high quality everything else, why downgrade to a less durable fabric on the hip and shoulder straps that stretches away from the foam? the material used on the Molima 70 several years back should be the bare minimum for durability. To downgrade it feels like planned obsolescence. 2) This did not appear to be a return so I have to imagine that the smell came from the production factory. It smells like it lived in a smokers den. As I'm writing this review it is permiating the room from a few feet away. For anyone sensitive to the toxins in cigarette smoke this is no Bueno. Hopefully the exchange will be fragrant free. This is not meant to bash a truely great pack, I do recommend it and will be keeping it, but MH please take note of those two somewhat minor complaints.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winner, winner chicken dinner! With over ten years' experience in the Army and twice as many in the mountains, I can without a doubt say this is the finest pack I've ever used/seen - period! It's extremely rugged and has almost every conceivable option out there. Most importantly, the OutDry fabric performs as described. MH continues to set the industry standard! Can't wait to use this on my trip to Annapurna North Base Camp in November.
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This rulez Easily the best pack I own. I spent a week in Denali park living out of this in the backcountry and it was excellent. Totally waterproof, rugged, with all the right features. Only downside is because it is waterproof it doesnt fit a bladder, but my 4L msr bladder fits in the front separated zippered pocket. Easy to load, use, and comfortable.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multi-day backcountry pack I purchased the South Col 70 to replace my old disintegrating pack, which killed my shoulders during a wilderness cross cut saw training. My first backcountry trip with the South Col was amazing and there is plenty of adjustability. Pack felt much better all around and there seems to be more than enough room for multi-day trips. I was skeptical about the claim that the South Col doesn't need a rain cover, but after several summer/winter trips I haven't had a problem. First Mountain Hardwear pack and I am now a convert.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pack When looking at this pack it was rather difficult to find any good reviews so I was a bit skeptical before purchasing it. My biggest recommendation is this pack is pretty light and when compared to the 50L pack its virtually the same weight. The cool thing about this pack is you have 70L but can definitely pack it down smaller if you need. You can pull the compression straps tight as well as remove the top pocket shrinking the pack. While being the same weight as the 50L I don't see why you would steer towards the smaller 50L pack. This is honestly a great all around pack. Its water resistance is great in the rain/snow and its really nice to not have to worry about putting your stuff in bags all the time. Id say the only cons of this pack are not having smaller external pockets, no waterbottle holder or dedicated Camelback pocket (you can make due with using the back pocket underneath the crampon slot).
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Simple Pack Have had it not quite a year now, but it has served very well. My son took it to Philmont where he experienced heavy rain. No complaints about keeping things dry. Haven't had it long enough to say how it will stand up over time. It is lightweight, yet packs enough to keep you going for a long week.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy backpack Very versatile and reliable. Great for any long hike or challenging ascent.
Date published: 2015-08-15
  • y_2017, m_4, d_22, h_15
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_1.0.0-hotfix-1
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_17
  • loc_en_US, sid_OU5955, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_mountainhardwear