Columbia Mobex Backpack

Designed with the sport of adventure racing and other “fast and light” pursuits in mind, Columbia’s Mobex is a unique backpack series with a tent-like exoskeleton. Its name comes from the pack’s primary focus: mobility and flexibility. The exoskeleton, formed with small crisscrossing nylon poles, props the pack open for quick access to gear stashed inside.

It has a clamshell opening, a large main compartment, inside pockets, a water bottle holder on the hip belt, a hip-belt zipper pocket, and a hydration sleeve. The pack is touted to have everything needed for fast pursuits — trail running, mountain biking, and paddling included (the three primary sports in adventure racing).

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Columbia Mobex pack

The pack has lightweight, breathable shoulder straps to help cut weight and increase airflow. It comes in a men’s and women’s design and three sizes, from “sprint,” to regular to XL (the cubic-inch capacities are about 800, 1,450 and 1,900 respectively). The pack, which weighs about 2 pounds in the regular size, will be available in January for between $85 and $120, depending on size.

—Ryan Dionne

Posted by Vanessa - 12/28/2009 10:53 AM

we tested this pack over christmas too. Super light, great for multi-sport use and nylon exo-poles great for preventing the pack from jumping around on your back

Posted by Stefan Toft - 12/28/2009 12:27 PM

At the moment I use the GoLite Rush but I might be looking to get a new one within the next few months. I use it to store my cloth and shoes when running home from work(10-15k). Do you think this will do the trick for that as well?

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 12/28/2009 01:29 PM

Stefan — It’s a unique pack. I would say try it on before buying. The fit is nice, but I have not run with it much yet for a test. The external poles are strange. They prop the pack open and give it the feel of a small tent when in hand. On the back, it feels like a regular pack pretty much.

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