34 oz - 965 g Hiking BackpackThe 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.
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 38L 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.
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.
- It eliminates any sway or bouncing in the pack as you walk or run. The pack is fully locked to your body.
- 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.
- The extra pockets in the vest provide additional storage for items you want to quickly access.
- 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.
16" - 22" | 38 - 56 cm
11"W X 7"D X 22"T
2319 ci - 38 L
366 - 6 L
305 - 5 L
2990 ci - 49 L
17 oz - 482 g
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Ordered a the Swift V with two harness options. It arrived quickly and with very good instructions with how to adjust torso length of the pack itself and hip belt. Thank you.
Love it..... seriously love it. After reading all the reviews on the flight vest option I felt this would be ideal for myself after years of military service, being a smaller female, improperly fitted rucksacks over the years while serving put stress on my shoulders, especially my trap area causing painful swelling. After receiving my pack I will never go back to anything else, the way it keeps my load firmly to my body with no movement or pressure on that sensitive area is a dream...thank you! thank you! thank you!
This pack is by far the most comfortable backpack I have ever owned or used ever. I am 49 years old, 5’11’, 240 pounds and broad shoulders. I was concerned that the flight vest may not fit due to my width but it adjusts so well that it fits perfect. It feels more like it is supporting my back without limiting movement rather than a typical pack where you feel weight on your hips or shoulders. I bought it specifically because of my fused lower back and troubles I had been having with my other (name brand) packs. I saw many reviews of people with back issues liking SMD flight vest equipped packs. I emailed SMD a few times and they answered all the questions I had. Super nice people to deal with and very helpful in making my decision. I only wish I had gotten a Six Moon Designs pack previously. I could have experienced a lot less pain years ago. Lol
Love the pack, the simplicity and function. It’s also very light and cost effective which made the decision even easier.
I am a small human and sometimes it's hard to find a pack that fits properly. The Swift V is soooo customizable, it finally happened. I can adjust the flight vest harness and the hip belt where I want them. I am 5'2" and 115 pounds. I have the Small Flight Vest Harness and Small Hip Belt.
I find the vest harness extremely helpful for the extra pockets. It securely fits my sunglasses (which are constantly otherwise broken on trail). I also use one pocket to collect all my food wrappers that I eat on the go. It's helpful to have a dedicated pocket there which can also hold a little extra in case I come across trash along the trail.
The Hip Belt was surprisingly comfortable even when I purposely loaded the pack with extra food to see how it would react. The material feels great and I like how wide it is to disperse the weight.
There is also plenty of space to fit everything a thru-hiker needs inside this pack.
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.