Swift V Hiking Backpack
Swift V Hiking Backpack
Swift V Hiking Backpack
Swift V Hiking Backpack
Swift V Hiking Backpack
Swift V Hiking Backpack

Swift V Hiking Backpack

Regular price$215.00

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34 oz - 965 g Hiking Backpack
The Swift V is streamlined and efficient, just like the Swift X, but with a more budget-friendly price.

The Swift V is modeled after the popular Swift X. Over 10 years ago, we designed the Swift. Ten years later, we’ve added some modern upgrades to create the Swift X. And now we introduce the Swift V for the budget-minded hiker. The modular design means it easily configures to become your perfect pack for any adventure, be it a quick overnight trip or a calendar year triple crown.

Size Guide



Modeled after the 2020 Swift X, the Swift V uses the same design but is constructed out of the more cost-effective Robic™ nylon fabric.

The Swift V still has all the features and benefits so many hikers love in the Swift X. It provides ultimate functionality in a simple design. It has a single 49L roll-top main compartment with an extension collar for those resupply days. A Y-strap secures the load top and provides a convenient and easy attachment point for a bear barrel.

Intentionally designed, the Swift V gives you easy access to snacks, your phone, maps, and all those little things you need to keep close at hand. You’ll find you won’t even have the need to take the pack off until you hit camp at the end of the day.

The Swift V uses Six Moon Designs’ Fast and Light suspension system, allowing you to carry heavy loads with ease. That means you can crush those high mileage days in comfort.

The side water bottle pockets are made from 4-way stretch woven mesh. They are designed so that you can grab items easily while on the go.

Inside the main compartment, there is a zippered pocket for your wallet to keep it safe and secure and easy to access at the first sign of a burger joint.

With the Swift V, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and intentional design just because you’re on a budget.


The Swift V comes in a variety of configurations, so you can get the perfect fit for your body, and you can configure it for a variety of adventures. You can choose from a standard shoulder yoke or flight vest yoke. Each comes in 2 sizes.

The Swift V also comes with a removable hip belt available in 3 sizes.

Between the adjustable torso length, removable hip belt, harness options, and removable Delrin Hoop Stay, the Swift V can be dialed in to your exact preferences. Each configuration ultimately changes the weight of the pack.



By default, The Swift V comes with a Delrin Hoop Stay frame. Unlike many packs utilizing a similar stay, we bend our stay so that the bottom terminates at the base of your hip belt. This transfers the weight directly to your hip belt.

Other packs terminate the stay at the outer edges of the pack. Unfortunately, this significantly reduces the load transfer from the pack to the hip belt. It leads to the pack sagging as the pack load is not properly supported.

Using the Hoop Stay and Hip Belt increases your load carrying capacity by approximately 10 lbs / 4.5 kto30+ lbs. / 14 k. While you can carry additional weight, we still recommend a base weight of 12 lbs. / 5.5 k or less.


While there are many Frame-less packs on the market these days. There are none with an Adjustable Torso Length. The Swift V allows you to adjust the torso length to adjust to both your body and the conditions you may encounter. There are times, depending on your load and trail conditions, when you may raise or lower your pack for optimal comfort.

When configured as Frame-less, you'll want to keep your base pack weight around 8 lbs. / 3.5 k and maximum weight below 25 lbs / 11 k. Comfortable weight depends significantly on the type of load carried and your conditioning.


Vest Harness

The Swift V can be configured with a Vest Harness. Six Moon Designs unique Vest Harness supports a 6-point connection between the pack and your body. This connection system offers several distinct advantages.

  1. It eliminates any sway or bouncing in the pack as you walk or run. The pack is fully locked to your body.
  2. It spreads the pack load across a much wider area. Instead of having all of the weight sitting on your shoulders or hips, much of it is spread across your core. This reduces or eliminates sores that can develop when too much weight is concentrated in a single area.
  3. The extra pockets in the vest provide additional storage for items you want to quickly access.
Years ago when Ron Moak founded Six Moon Designs, his first pack incorporated a Vest Harness, he didn't design it so he could run or hike faster. It was designed to allow him to hike comfortably without a lot of pain. A bout of Cancer had made it difficult to hike more than a couple of hours at a time before stopping due to back pain.
Incorporating the Vest Harness in the pack provides significant additional support for the back and spine. By spreading the weight, he was able to walk more upright and longer distances without pain.
If you've found yourself unable to backpack as easily and as long as you once did, you may want to seriously consider the Vest Harness. We make no claims that the Vest Harness is a miracle cure, just that it helped Ron get back to really enjoying backpacking again.


  • Made with Robic™ Nylon
  • Adjustable Torso Length because one size doesn’t fit all.
  • Three Shoulder Strap Style Options – Shoulder Harness, S-Curve or Vest Harness
  • Three Exterior Woven Pockets – rear pocket and two side pockets made from breathable and durable 4-way stretch material.
  • Large Should Strap Pockets so you don’t have to spend all day digging in your pack.
  • Removable Hip Belt
  • Minimal Contact Back Panel
  • Top Loading with dry bag closure.
  • Two layers of material in key point< to strengthen the pack and prevent holes.
  • Internal Zippered Stash Pocket for your wallet and other small necessities.
  • Multiple Point Cord Compression System to keep your load stabilized no matter the size.
  • Single Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Attachment Point
  • Dual Hydration Ports
  • Sliding Sternum Straps on vest and shoulder harness types.
  • Delrin Hoop Stay for added support on those heavy load days.


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Torso Sizes
Maximum Load
Minimum Load

Flight Series
16" - 22" | 38 - 56 cm

11"W X 7"D X 22"T
Gray, Green
35 lb - 14 kg
15 lb - 5.5 kg or less
Lightweight Backpacking
Long Distance Backpacking


Pack Body
Body Contact
Robic Nylon
3D Mesh
4-Way Stretch


Extension Collar
Exterior Pockets

Total Volume
2319 ci - 38 L
366 - 6 L
305 - 5 L

2990 ci - 49 L


Delrin Stay
Vest Harness
Hip Belt
Total Weight

17 oz - 482 g
3 oz - 85 g
7.5 oz - 213 g
6.5 oz - 184 g
34 oz - 964 g 


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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Michael Ruddy
Best value for weight and quality.

The swift V pack is so light and the vest harness is so comfortble. It makes hiking and camping enjoyable again. No more sore shoulders and hips. Hip belt is comfortable and pockets are a decent size. This one ticked all my boxes with only slight compromises. Perfect.

Josh Ford
Vest harness

Just took the Swift V out for its first trip. I am completely satisfied. The vest harness is the real deal! The pack hugs your body and distributes the load across your trunk. The main compartment has plenty of space, the outside pockets are gigantic and satisfyingly stretchy. I am having fun getting to know the pack, with its many pockets, features, and adjustment points. Note that the vest was comfortable but not as magical for my wife, as the harness fit her anatomy differently. As for me, I'm never going back to a shoulder system.

Kyle Ribinsky
Awesome pack

This pack is great! Plenty of room for everything you need. The stretch pocket on the outside is huge! The roll top and side compression allow this pack to be exactly the size you need whether it's a day trip or multi day trek. This may sound silly but the little zippered pocket inside is one of my favorite features because when I get back to the car I can reach back and press the unlock button on my car key from the outside without taking the pack off. Even though this is an ultralight pack it is super comfortable and fully loaded with features. The hip belt is the most comfortable hip belt I have ever worn!!! The vest style shoulder straps are amazing and I don't understand why more pack makers don't use them. The one and only thing I do not like is the large pockets on the vest are not deep enough to carry the running style soft flasks. For whatever reason, there is a seam about half way up the pocket instead of letting the pockets extend to the bottom of the vest. The shallower pocket is perfect for a phone and snacks but I was hoping to carry a bottle up front but it's not that big of a deal since the side bottle pockets on the pack itself are super accessable. I may consider tearing out that seam in the future if it won't comprise the rest of the vest. BTW my last pack was 3x heavier than this pack!!!

Great Pack!

I ordered the Swift V looking for a lighter option to my current pack, and I was not disappointed! This backpack is extremely comfortable, even when carrying heavier loads. The pockets on the hip belts and chest straps allow for ample storage for snacks and other items throughout the day, and the roll top for the main compartment of the pack allows the compression of all of my gear very easily. Originally I ordered the wrong size, but the customer service was great for helping me get it fixed!