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Splitter™ 40 Backpack


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Say goodbye to rooting through your bag for gear. This purpose-built pack hauls your gear to the crag, then zips wide open so it lays flat, putting everything you need at your fingertips. The well-organized interior has mesh and fabric pockets for shoes, harness and chalk bag, and gear loops to stay organized-there's even a pull-out tarp to keep your climbing gear out of the dirt as you prepare for an awesome day of climbing.
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  • Weight: - 3 lb. 5 oz. / 1.50 kg. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Pack Capacity: - 2440 cu. in. / 40 L -
  • Good For: - Rock Climbing -


Say goodbye to rooting through your bag for gear. This purpose-built pack hauls your gear to the crag, then zips wide open so it lays flat, putting everything you need at your fingertips. The well-organized interior has mesh and fabric pockets for shoes, harness and chalk bag, and gear loops to stay organized-there's even a pull-out tarp to keep your climbing gear out of the dirt as you prepare for an awesome day of climbing.


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  • HardWave suspension conforms comfortably to the curve of your back and distributes weight evenly but is removable for carrying light loads
  • Stowable rope strap deploys when needed, hides away when not
  • Large clamshell opening for access to all gear
  • Padded waist belt, with gear loops, adds stability when needed
  • Internal compression panel holds heavy climbing gear close to your back where it carries best
  • Two internal zippered pockets (one fabric, one mesh) to hold and organize harness, shoes and chalk bag
  • Large top-access front pocket with interior fleece-lined sleeve for guide book, iPad/Tablet or other valuables and additional zippered security pocket and key clip
  • Easy access vertical zippered pocket on front panel
  • Reinforced grab handle ensures safe hauling when needed
  • Dual-density shoulder straps carry in comfort
  • Side compression straps keep any size load stable
  • Two deep side pockets for water bottles or other gear
  • Carry loop for ice axes or trekking poles
  • Pull out tarp keeps climbing gear out of the dirt while sorting
  • Removable high strength aluminum stay for load support
  • Imported


  • Fabric Accent: HardWear™ Tarp 18;400D HD Nylon
  • Fabric Body: 840D HT Ballistic Nylon
  • Fabric Bottom: 400D HD Nylon


  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Pack Weight Regular: 3 lb. 5 oz. / 1.50 kg.
  • Pack Capacity Regular: 2440 cu. in. / 40 L
  • Pack Dim Regular: 21 in x 12 in x 11 in / 53 cm x 30 cm x 28 cm
  • Pack Torso Regular: 16.0 in. - 22.0 in. / 41 cm - 56 cm
  • Pack Waist Regular: 29 in - 37 in / 74 cm - 94 cm


Splitter™ 40 Backpack is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The last crag bag I will ever own I've had many crag bags and by far this one is the best. It carries everything I need and more. I'm shorter and when I pull the straps high, it sits perfect above my hips. Finally someone got it right for us shorter people
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Splitter Works! This back pack has been used as a facilitator's tool bag on our high ropes challenge course. Its compartments allows separation and organization of rescue, first aid, and facilitation equipment. Its frame allows a comfortable fit while maintaining its functionality under weight. Over I am excited to recommend this product to other ropes course providers as an alternative to other systems.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack Overall a great back. awesome features such as the internal retention strap and internal gear pockets make it stand out from other company's larger gear bags. there were some common sense additions that seemed like they were missing. A front carry handle when moving short distances (like Patagonia's crag daddy) and zippered pockets on the waist strap would make it more convenient.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for ice climbers! Usually, products improve over time, particularly when they cost more, but this is not the case with the Splitter 40. Regrettably, I did not read the review from Washington DC before purchasing. Having bought a previous iteration of this pack for my wife, and envying many of its features, I now realize I paid more money to obtain a cheapened version of my wife’s pack. This is mainly in the detail but, nevertheless, irritates me each time we use them: no daisy chain for external gear, flimsy zip pulls, grab handle too thin, no zipper pockets on the waist belt (replaced by additional gear loops - there is a loop inside), and the back support is no longer ventilated; I can live without the bottle opener. However, the most egregious omission is that there is only one ice tool attachment; this eliminates my pack for ice climbing trips. On the positive side the rope attachment is useful and the side pockets are deeper. However, these features, and two ice tool attachments, are available on crag-packs costing less money.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New All Seasons Go To Pack! I live in Alaska and love to recreate year round, regardless of the conditions. For years, I've had a pack for almost every season. Not anymore! My new Splitter 40 backpack is the just what I've been looking for. It has the versatillity to climb, backcountry ski or just a full day in the backcountry hiking. Either way, I use the various compartments to store the seasonal gear required. It's the full-meal deal for me, love it!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack! Perfect for a 10-15day trip! Love this bag. We took it to Vietnam for a 11 day trip and it was perfect for everything we needed, including bits and pieces we brought back with us! Fits perfect and has an appropriate amount of pockets and zippered pouches for hiding things. Only thing I'd like to see is another zippered pocket on the strap-side for something flat like a map, book, or tablet.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack even for non-climbers The quality of the Splitter 40 is fantastic and is exactly what you would expect from MH. In terms of fit, I am 6'4" 200 and initially I had some trouble finding the right adjustments for me but once I did it fits great. I think the adjustability would probably allow someone much smaller to fit as well. The pack can handle 25lbs comfortably. I don't climb so I can't comment on it's primary intended use. That being said, I have found great utility out of the features designed for climbing gear. The tarp is a great feature for any unexpected weather situations. I take this pack out on long day hikes and I think it is perfect. I typically take more than the average person on a day hike (6 pack of beer, a fancy meal, and emergency stuff) but I love it. The pack allows me to carry a little extra to take the load off my parents or girlfriend or whoever. I also highly recommend the pack for traveling. I used this for a 10 day vacation and I was able to fit all my clothes and travel stuff into this pack alone so I didn't have to check a bag. Once fully packed, it was just barely under the size limits for carry-ons on small planes (way under for bigger planes). I doubt the guys and gals at MH planned for that, but this was a huge plus for me! The only down side was all the straps got in the way a bit, but really not a big deal. Overall a fantastic product and I am not sure why MH is limiting the recommended use to rock climbing. I have no complaints after owning for about 6 months.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems rad I just got this pack and I loaded it up with my sport climbing stuff and it fits great. Got 2 harnesses, a couple pairs of shoes, chalk bags, rope, draws and it fits all items well. It has a bit more space than I initially expected and since Im a bit of a snackaholic Im pretty psyched. Also I think Ill be able to fit all my extra layers in there. I havent used the bag yet but I think it will help with my organization on trips
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as previous model After 7 years of having the old Splitter backpack (which was ~$250 when I bought it), I sent it in to have some repairs made. I was told that it was beyond repair and they were going to send me the latest version of the Splitter. I noticed the $80 downgrade between the old version and newest version immediately. This product is good... Don't get me wrong. That being said, I have to compare it to what I had. The first thing I noticed was that the waist strap on the new model is not removable for everyday casual use, which makes it feel like overkill. Second, I don't like that the hanger straps on the new version are on the waist belt instead of on the interior of the backpack. (If anything, I would have preferred the hanger straps be on the interior of the pack as well as on the would-be removable waist belt.) Third, the interior pockets are not as small and organized as on the previous model. They're big and unwieldy. Fourth, there is no "hidden" interior pocket between the area your back is and the main pocket. Next, I don't really care for the straps that overlap the zippers, as they have to be unclipped in order to open the main pocket. And finally, this version doesn't have the gratuitous (but much used) bottle openers attached to the outside of the pack. (The old version did, and they got more than their fair share of use.) Things I DO like: the backpack looks awesome. I also like that it's a little bit smaller than the older version, which probably had a 50L capacity. I also really like the fact that the water bottle pouches are deeper than the old version and can hold taller water bottles. All in all, I like this pack, but given the choice between the current model and the old, I feel like overall the old version was more versatile for climbing as well as everyday/weekend use and the new version is less versatile. If I were going to spend this much money on a pack, I'd probably want a little more bang for my buck. Does that mean that I won't enjoy this one immensely? Absolutely not. I love Mountain Hardwear and absolutely stand by them and their products faithfully. I just think the designers tried to cut back on some of the key features that were important/useful to me.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome pack for climbing This bag is everything I hoped for and then some. It has great compartmentalization to organize just about everything you could bring to the crag. Excellent front pockets with plenty of space/compartments. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
Date published: 2014-07-26
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