When the need arises for moving a big load when traveling, the Mountainsmith Mountain Trunk fills the bill. The large bag comes equipped with different straps so it can be carried like a backpack or duffel.
Offered in three sizes, 40, 70 and 100 liters, these rugged duffel-style trunks can swallow a lot of gear. The trunk is constructed of a heavy duty 500-denier polyester -coated tarpaulin material with SBS zinc alloy zippers used throughout. The interior is lined with 210-denier rip-stop polyester in bright yellow. Extra storage is provided by a zippered outside pocket. The interior includes a large zippered side pocket for storage separation and includes a separate storage or laundry bag. The adjustable padded haul straps allow for the mountain truck to be worn as a pack. The trunk can also be carried like a duffel bag by joining the straps together with the attached padded handle. Additional handles are provided at each end and a series of gear attachment loops are provided on either side. Reflective side trim has been incorporated for increased nighttime visibility.
Testing has been ongoing since early winter, as the author used the Mountain Truck to hold a large assortment of ski gear and clothing for two people. It’s amazing how much gear can be stored in 100 liters. The exterior of the Mountain Trunk seems almost bulletproof; the fabric is very heavy duty with a smooth surface. While Mountainsmith does not call the exterior tarpaulin material waterproof, after seeing the bag come off of a plane in a rain storm it certainly seemed so. Unzipping the trunk allows full access to the bright yellow interior and the color makes the contents easy to find. The zippered mesh interior side pocket was handy for bathroom kits and electronic equipment. The zippers are large, worked easily and come equipped with a large canvas and rubber pull. The feature that separates this bag from other duffels is the adjustable padded haul straps. Transporting the 100 liter trunk was made easier when the author’s arms were slipped through the straps with the attached pads positioned on the shoulders and the trunk was worn like a backpack. Moving into and out of buses or airports is so much easier with the weight on the back and the hands free. The author found the Mountain Trunk to ride well on the back after adjustment of the straps and it was comfortable to move around. The additional handles attached to the ends of the bag were handy for moving the bag in and out of vehicles. The attached side gear attachment loops would be handy for hiking poles or snowshoes. The reflective side trim was helpful in the hotel room to prevent tripping over the large bag at night.
The Mountainsmith 100 liter Mountain Trunk can accommodate quite a large load and the adjustable straps make carrying that load more comfortable.
- 40 Liter: 20″ x 11″ x 10″
- 70 Liter: 26.25″ x 13.25″
- 100 Liter: 29″ x 14.5″ x 13.5″
Color – Black
- 40 Liter $109.95
- 70 Liter $119.95
- 100 Liter $129.95
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.