Ozonic 70—Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear, backpack, Outside Bozeman

Ozonic 70—Mountain Hardwear

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David Tucker

Summer’s here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the high country. For me, that means at least one extended backpack through the mountains. As any backpacker knows, traveling with wet gear is not ideal; but all too often, a torrential storm rolls in and leaves you in just that predicament. Which is why I’ve been using the Ozonic 70 from Mountain Hardwear. The pack is basically a dry bag with shoulder straps and water-bottle holders. Mountain Hardwear utilizes a fabric technology they call Outdry, which is fully waterproof and bonds to the outer membrane of the pack. Combined with the roll-top closure and seamed zippers, this ensures maximum protection against the elements. I haven’t tested the pack in sustained wet conditions, mainly because we don’t encounter those much here in southwest Montana, but based on how the pack holds up against a summer thunderstorm, I’d recommend the Ozonic to folks from wetter climes, as well. Available at Bob Ward's. $280; mountainhardwear.com

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