MEC AlpineLite 42 Backpack - Unisex 5042-084

MEC AlpineLite 42 Backpack - Unisex

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An alpine pack that can be loaded up or stripped down according to the mission at hand. To pare back the weight, take out the back panel and remove the hipbelt and lid. The stripped-back version weighs about half a kilo, carries enough gear for a night or two, and it's streamlined enough to get through slots and squeeze chimneys.

  • Made of lightweight and strong 210-denier high tenacity nylon, with a double-layer bottom panel made of 420-denier high tenacity nylon for extra abrasion resistance.
  • Back panel and shoulder straps have light padding to reduce weight and bulk. To save even more weight, the foam backpanel is removable.
  • Padded hipbelt is removable so you can use the wide webbing waistbelt alone.
  • Removable floating lid has an outer zippered pocket and a zippered pocket underneath with a key clip.
  • One-handed drawcord closure on the spindrift collar is glove-friendly.
  • Dual ice-axe holders use a low-profile toggle to hold the axe head.
  • Twin front daisy chains for lashing on extra gear.
  • Side compression straps consolidate the load.
  • Metal buckles on compression straps and lid closure are much more low profile and durable than traditional plastic buckles.
  • Hydration reservoir pocket and hanger, and a port for a hydration tube.

Tech specs

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Ideal for
  • Alpine climbing and mountaineering
  • Backpacking
Main fabric 210-denier HT ripstop nylon
Secondary fabric 420-denier nylon

The location of all access points into the main compartment of the pack.

Hipbelt Removable padded
Lid type

Some pack lids can be adjusted to compensate for overloaded packs, or even removed, and some removeable lids have tuck-away hipbelts that allow youto use them as a waistpack.

  • Adjustable
  • Removable
Volume 42L
Length 57cm
Width 26cm
Depth 24cm
Ventilated back panel No
Adjustable shoulder harness

An adjustable harness lets you change the height of the shoulder straps to fit your specific back length.

Dynamic suspension

The hipbelt and/or shoulder straps of the pack are designed to move, pivot or flex to follow your body’s movements. Each brand uses their own technology.

Carry-on sized

Size restrictions vary among airlines. Just to be sure, check with your carrier for their specific restrictions.

Additional feature(s)
  • Compression straps
  • Hydration compatible (reservoir sold separately)
  • Ice axe/pole attachment
  • Expandable collar
  • Ultralight
Made in Vietnam