Direct descendants of EXPED’s first backpack design in 2007, the Mountain Pro 30 is built specifically for mountaineering. Years before it was introduced, a group of guides contacted us, lamenting the discontinuation of their go-to pack from another gear brand. With input from these and other guides around the world, Mountain Pro was tested and re-tested and finally launched as the very first, inherently weatherproof backpack (factory-taped seams and a roll-top shroud under the lid). It is refined to the basics with an extensive range of removable features, allowing the user to leave behind up to 14 ounces of weight when going super light. Mountain Pro can be described as an update of the classic rucksack style used by generations of climbers in the Alps. It is an excellent example of EXPED’s Swissness-in-action: tinkering to perfection.
Mountain Pro is a top-loading pack with a fixed lid featuring a zippered lid pocket and another under-lid flat pocket for securing keys and wallet where they can’t be lost. Five vertically-oriented daisy chains on the outer pack bag allow gear be strapped in place or attached with a carabiner. Two ice axe loops are placed low on the pack and two elastic attachment loops are provided to secure axes, trekking poles, tent poles, etc. Two stout haul loops, one between the shoulder strap attachment points and another under the lid, make Mountain Pro graspable and clippable with lid opened or closed. A flat, padded bottom allows the pack to stand upright when set down. The shroud at the pack opening can be rolled and closed with a quick-release buckle for waterproofness or rolled out of the way into the upper edge of the pack. The lid is secured to the pack body in two ways, depending on load and preference: with a single, centered carabiner or with the dual straps and EXPED’s Rapide Hooks. The perimeter of the pack opening is secured with a drawcord.
Internally, four loops are provided along the packboard for attaching hardware that would otherwise fall to the bottom. A transparent, removable, and weatherproof document bag, made of high quality UV resistant TPU film, can be used to hold a hydration bladder, wet gear, maps, etc.
Mountain Pro’s suspension system is built upon EXPED’s quick-drying, thermo-formed back panel and an internal, removable foam panel, which can be used in an unplanned bivy. These combine to protect the wearer from lumpy gear, control the shape of the load and transfer load to the hips. To transfer a portion of the weight to the lumbar area and hips , Mountain Pro is equipped with a removable, narrow-profile padded hip belt. Anatomically shaped EVA foam shoulder straps and sternum strap hold the load comfortably and securely.
For illustrations of these features and the many different ways Mountain Pro can be used, check out the photos to the left.