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ThruWay™ 50


https://www.mountainhardwear.com/thruway-50-OU4536.html OU4536


Ultralight materials combine with unique compression design to create a stable, high-performance pack for the demanding thru-hiker.

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Features & Specs

  • Weight: - 1 lb. 13 oz. / 830 g. (pad adds 6.5 oz. / 185 g)
    1 lb. 14 oz. / 850 g. (pad adds 6.5 oz. / 185 g) -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Pack Capacity: - 3050 cu. in. / 50 L
    3355 cu. in. / 55 L -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


Ultralight materials combine with unique compression design to create a stable, high-performance pack for the demanding thru-hiker.

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  • Fabric Accent: HardWear™ X-Ply Ripstop
  • Fabric Body: 100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon
  • Body Fabric Content: 100% nylon
  • Fabric Bottom: HardWear™ X-Ply Ripstop


  • Pack Weight Medium: 1 lb. 13 oz. / 830 g. (pad adds 6.5 oz. / 185 g)
  • Pack Weight Large: 1 lb. 14 oz. / 850 g. (pad adds 6.5 oz. / 185 g)
  • Pack Capacity Medium: 3050 cu. in. / 50 L
  • Pack Capacity Large: 3355 cu. in. / 55 L
  • 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 Medium: 30 in - 35 in / 76 cm - 89 cm
  • Pack Waist Large: 34 in - 39 in / 86 cm - 99 cm


  • Minimalist, ventilated and effective Modified Alpine UL suspension includes removable HardWave framesheet, removable lightweight hipbelt, and removable 48" x 20" pad
  • Roll-Top design for easier access, while minimizing weight and clutter
  • Large main compartment with minimal seams for better weather protection
  • Front compression panel provides convenient overload capacity
  • Super stretchy mesh side panels provide pocket for water bottles and secure storage for tent poles and other long items
  • Padded, ventilated shoulder straps are comfortable on bare skin
  • Carry loops for ice axes and trekking poles
  • Lumbar is compatible with Alpine and FitLock hipbelts for extra support with heavy loads
  • Superlight, durable material set balances weight and reliability
  • NOTE: 48” x 20” removable pad weight not included in published pack weight – avg. weight of pad is approximately 6.5 oz. / 185 grams
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ThruWay™ 50 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Flawless As an avid climber/hiker I was excited to try this pack for my 9 day, 100 mile trip around Mt. Rainier on the Wonderland trail. I was curious to see if such a lightweight pack could be comfy as well as carry my 25# of gear well. I've never had a pack w/out a hood and was curious about that as well. This pack did not disappoint! I was very well pleased with it's performance & had only one complaint...hence the "almost" flawless. The waterproof zipper to the snacks pouch often snagged on the internal lining. This caused it to be very difficult to open & close at times as well as just a big hassle when I was pressed for time on the trail. I very much love this pack in spite of this flaw.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Burly yet lightweight backpack The Thruway 50 is an excellent choice for a lightweight backpack (weighed 38oz) with plenty of room for use on long distance treks. The fabric and seams are burly yet lightweight. Loads of room. I bought the size large which provides 55 liters in the main compartment plus the exterior shovel pouch, which is huge, plus stretchy side pockets on the exterior. Due to the large interior volume, you must pack your gear appropriately in order to achieve proper back support and pack load balance. I would suggest a firmer/stiffer suspension sheet rather than the rubbery folded-into-fourths sit-pad sheet. Flexes too much. The best feature is the roll-top enclosure: opening and closing is quick and easy and waterproof. I would prefer the ordinary shoulder straps featured on other Mountain Hardwear packs, such as the Summitrocket40 (I own one - completely awesome pack - please manufacture a 60L version), rather than the perforated ones on the Thruway 50. But that is my personal choice. Overall, a very useful and well made piece of gear.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pack light and customizable I dropped 4 lbs just by changing packs I love the pack its lite and you can pull pad and/or frame sheet for minimalist day pack or you can pull them and use your sleeping pad as frame/padding. Great big awesome pockets with lots of mesh to stuff bottles, spade, tent stakes etc. CONS- no bladder compartment but going to platypus soft sides you can save weight and just tuckem right in the side pocket mesh so All in all great pack ! Remember it is fairly ultralight so keep you pack weight below 25lbs,I'm 5'8 and 120lbs and the medium fits great
Date published: 2013-01-13
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