Mountain Equipment Company

MEC Forge 40 Backpack - Men's


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Solid value and durability to make your backpacking and day hiking goals a reality. With lots of pockets and burly water-resistant fabric, this pack is designed to keep your overnight gear and hut trip supplies organized. The long U-shaped zippered opening makes it easy to get inside (so you don’t have to unpack and repack when you’re looking for snacks), and all zippers have glove-friendly pullers. It’s also designed for comfort, with an easy-to-adjust padded hipbelt and foam padding lined with mesh in key areas.

  • Main fabric is abrasion-resistant 305-denier polyester Cordura® with a water-resistant coating
  • Base panel is incredibly durable 420-denier nylon Cordura
  • Lined with 210-denier oxford nylon
  • Base panel and lining have polyurethane coating for water-resistance
  • EVA foam padding on shoulder straps, back panel, lumbar pad and hipbelt
  • Hydration sleeve and hanger (hydration reservoir not included)
  • Stretch mesh side pockets hold water bottles
  • Inner zippered mesh pocket with key clip
  • Vertical zippered front pocket has darted seams to expand to hold more gear
  • Hook-and-loop keepers hold your trekking poles when not needed
  • Short/standard size is 38L (36L body and 2L front pocket)
  • Standard/long size is 40L (38L body and 2L front pocket)

Tech specs

Weight1.28kg (Short/Standard)
1.36kg (Standard/Long)
Ideal for
  • Backpacking
  • Day hiking
Main fabric
  • 305-denier polyester
Secondary fabric
  • 420-denier nylon
  • Padded
  • Clamshell zip
Volume38L (Short/Standard)
40L (Standard/Long)
Length53cm (Short/Standard)
58cm (Standard/Long)
Width28cm (Short/Standard)
28cm (Standard/Long)
Depth21cm (Short/Standard)
22cm (Standard/Long)
Ventilated back panelNo
Additional feature(s)
  • Compression straps
  • Hipbelt pocket(s)
  • Hydration compatible (reservoir sold separately)
  • Ice axe/pole attachment
Made inPhilippines

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