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Mountainsmith – Forged for Life, Forged for Sportsmen!
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Mountainsmith was founded in 1979 by legendary outdoorsman Patrick Smith and was born of a need for seriously durable gear that could withstand the rigors of backcountry pursuits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His initial product innovation was the world’s first fully rigid backcountry ski sled to haul massive loads of gear effectively and efficiently through the harsh Colorado winter wilderness. Soon after, Patrick Smith came up with the iconic lumbar waist pack to effectively carry gear while backcountry skiing and secured the first patent for a lumbar pack, US PAT #5529230, using our Delta Load Compression system which carries on into the present day within a variety of our backpacks and lumbar packs.

As a company, Mountainsmith continues it’s commitment to building the best made, most durable and functional packs and outdoor gear on the market; unmatched by anyone for comfort, stability, value and performance in the backcountry. This tradition of legendary quality continues with a full line of outdoor products for today’s active lifestyle consumer.  Mountainsmith manufactures, markets, and distributes a wide array of products designed to meet the demands of rigorous travel on and off the trail, through mountain valleys, summit ascents, campus quads, red rock canyons, and far off airports; anywhere your next adventure takes you.

#2Image EnlargerWith over a decade of partnership between Mountainsmith and Sportsman’s Warehouse, we continue to offer high quality, high value outdoor gear that runs the gamut from technical backpacks, to trekking poles, to our iconic lumbar packs, to dog packs.  Rounding out the mix, you’ll find we have you covered with adventure ready Travel Trunk duffels, camera bags for every shape and size and even some messenger bags for your next errand filled day around town, school or office.  Over the years, we’ve continued to innovate our line and answer the demands of backcountry and front country travelers as well as outdoors people from all disciplines.  Whether your next adventure has you logging miles on a remote backpacking loop, stalking trophy fish on mountain streams and lakes or headed off into the backcountry for a big hunt, Mountainsmith delivers the best value, durability and feature set on the market.

Our rugged All Terrain collection comes at you brand new for 2013. These agile performers push the boundaries on price, technical performance and backcountry comfort. Incorporating high tenacity nylon pack fabrics, detailed trims, feature rich versatility, and increased ergonomic carry systems, this perfectly positioned collection ensures a pack line that outperforms their price tags on every backcountry adventure.  The key features of these load haulers include:

#4Image EnlargerANVIL AIRWAY – Our open spinal column runs the length of the upper torso allowing perspiration and body heat to escape with every step down the trail. Twin elevated foam pods with sewn air channels on either side provide excellent moisture wicking.

ILIAC CREST SHELF CUP (ICS) – Our unique in the industry waistbelt system has an exaggerated curve that covers and supports the iliac crest bone, which provides a key loading point on the musculo-skeletal system offering an opportunity to carry more pack weight on the pronounced skeletal structure of the user’s hips. This pronounced curve on the waistbelt along with our v-shaped waistbelt webbing compression enables the user to pull the pack load onto and over the hips and iliac crest bone, providing greater load transfer and user comfort. Optimally changing traditional pack carry load ratio from 60/40 to 70/30 (hips/shoulder).

DELTA WING COMPRESSION WAISTBELT LOAD SYSTEM – Proprietary triangular webbing compression system used on Mountainsmith backpacks to pull pack load onto the waistbelt for better ergonomics of load carry and comfort. Webbing is sewn into two fabric wing attachments directly sewn to backpack providing a larger area of force to be pulled into the user’s waistbelt enabling maximum load transfer onto the hips and waist of user. Used in conjunction with Lumbar Control Point™ pad system.

#5Image EnlargerLUMBAR CONTROL POINT(LCP) PAD SYSTEM – Our ergonomically correct lumbar padding provides a pronounced padded and angled area that fits into the lumbar region of a user’s spine. This system provides a better fit and “lock” of the backpack against the user’s lower back, utilizing the wearer’s main structural load support of the spinal lumbar/sacrum region.

The range at Sportsman’s Warehouse includes our Apex 80 for those longer adventures into the backcountry.  The 2013 Backpacker Magazine Killer Deal, award winning Lariat 65 offer great versatility and easy access with it’s giant u-shape opening and detachable daypack.  The Mayhem 35 and Approach 40 packs offer solid options for big days or quick overnight excursions.  The Red Rock and Clear Creek daypacks make the perfect companion for quick jaunts around town, campus or your local trails and rounding out the line are two youth backpacks, the Youth Pursuit and Youth Scout, offering internal and external frame designs and suited perfectly for the aspiring outdoors person in your family.

A cornerstone of the outdoor industry for 30+ years, Mountainsmith’s iconic lumbar packs offer rugged versatility and are the measure by which all other waistpacks follow.  Our Technical Lumbar Systems™ (TLS™) line incorporates our Delta Load Compression system for superior load management and also continues our commitment to eco-friendly production via incorporation of our ReForge™ 100% recycled PET fabrics while keeping a keen eye on 21st century functionality for all of your trail, street and travel needs.

In 2013, Mountainsmith will eclipse the 5 million bottle mark in our efforts to save post-consumer waste from our Earth’s landfills and convert them back into a re-usable resource with our ReForge™ line of eco-friendly pack fabrics. To put that quantity into perspective, you could lay a line of 16oz PET soda bottles from end to end along the entire Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver and back, over 1,000 miles.  That’s a great statistic and we’re proud of it.  Our innovation in sustainable fabrics dates back to 2007 when Mountainsmith partnered with our long time textile supplier and launched our ReForge™ 100% recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) fabric, marking one of the most significant innovations in our 30+ year old history and for the outdoor industry as a whole. For 2013, we are offering 40% of our product line with the ReForge™ brand of recycled materials.

#6Image EnlargerThe mix at Sportsman’s Warehouse includes the Day TLS and Tour TLS; 21st century versions of the packs the company was founded on.  These larger styles are the perfect choice for those looking for a pack with lumbar carry, shoulder carry and the volume for a day on the trail, stream, town or far off land.  For shorter excursions or for customers looking for a small volume lumbar carry option for the basic essentials for a day in the hills or your favorite travel destination, check out the Swift TLS and Vibe TLS.

The Mountainsmith lineup covers an expansive range of outdoor needs with the remainder of the line at Sportsman’s Warehouse.  We offer an assortment of tents and sleeping bags, dog packs and travel solutions, trekking poles and camera bags.

Continuing to define stability, the expanding 2013 trekking pole line embodies the strength, balance and features you would come to expect from our brand while adhering to the value proposition that permeates our line. With a new winter style, Mountainsmith has the perfect solution for a variety of outdoor users and activities that are sure to add an element of comfort to your next adventure all year round.

Mountainsmith’s dedication to the K-9 adventure experience has spanned 30+ years and there’s no slowing in our efforts. Our heritage offerings include packs, travel gear, bedding and accessories to complete this outdoor lifestyle category for our four-legged friends. The K-9 rated line up is now a one stop shop for all of your customer’s dog friendly endeavors.

Building off our success with the world’s first eco-friendly camera bags made from ReForge™ 100% recycled PET materials, Mountainsmith now offers an entire outdoor oriented collection for the photographer seeking to capture the experiences the world has to offer. By incorporating over 30 years of pack building experience, we offer a better fit through correct load dispersion, serious protection for expensive, technical gear and unparalleled access and ease of use for photographers seeking a true outdoor camera pack.

If you’re seeking out an outdoor gear solution that will last a lifetime and offer an incredible value, look no further than Mountainsmith as you walk the aisles of your favorite Sportsman’s Warehouse location.  With Mountainsmith, our gear is Forged for Life!

June 15, 2013
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Great stuff, allways on the lookout for tough new gear.

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