Reviews Summary

96% of the Mountainsmith Borealis reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (73%)
Good (23%)
Average (0%)
Poor (3%)
Bad (0%)

Here's what the reviewers think about the Mountainsmith Borealis:

Reviewers like these things about the Mountainsmith Borealis

  • A lot of users have mentioned that the Mountainsmith Borealis is an ideal bag for travel because it could function as a solo bag for a weekend trip.
  • Other users noted that the camera sits deep in its well-cushioned bottom compartment.
  • They also said that it has a side tripod attachment area.
  • Users found that it's a great compliment to an airline carry on for longer trips.
  • According to some users, the bag is thoughtfully well-built.
  • They further indicated that the bag has stash areas in the waistband that can hold essentials.
  • Reviewers thought that it is a perfect all-around bag.
  • Testers found that it has extra storage for water, snacks or a jacket.
  • Many wrote that weight is distributed great with the big padded straps.
  • Several of those who have tried the bag praised its.
  • They also noted that the bag is light and surprisingly well-structured, so will be very comfortable on long hikes.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer had an issue with its flimsy waist buckle.
  • Another user thought that the bag is much larger than expected.


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The Mountainsmith Borealis ranks #5 compared with the other Mountainsmith bags.

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vs All Bags

The Mountainsmith Borealis ranks #426 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Mountainsmith Borealis vs the Mountainsmith Spectrum.

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Mountainsmith Borealis vs Mountainsmith Spectrum

Mountainsmith Borealis
Mountainsmith Borealis

Based on 33 reviews
Price: $$$

Mountainsmith Spectrum
Mountainsmith Spectrum

Based on 0 reviews
Price: $$

  • The Borealis is rated quite a lot better than the Spectrum.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 33 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Spectrum is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

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With years of walking long distances with heavy weight to my name, the Borealis feels like a perfectly worn-in rucksack. The shoulder straps are incredibly comfy, with suspension straps to help keep the weight high and centered. The waist belt is well padded with built-in pockets to hold even more stuff you most likely don’t need.

Posted 13 April 2018 by Nick Betts - Read full review

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Last updated on February 10, 2019