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Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Flap Jack Pack - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Urban HikerHalf messenger bag, half backpack: That's the easiest way to describe this 1,500-cubic-inch urban hauler. With a well-cushioned 15.4-inch laptop pocket and a DWR-coated, splash-resistant...

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

The North Face Patrol 35 - Daypack: Reviews

1.The Patrol 35 nails the most important feature in a winter pack: how well it carries skis or a snowboard. TNF's Fly-Trap carrying system compresses skis (A-frame or diagonally) or board (vertically...

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Mountainsmith Phoenix - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

GREEN-MINDED AND OLD-SCHOOLMountainsmith managed to build the Phoenix out of an impressive 85 percent recycled materials, including 100 percent recycled PET fabric, recycled mesh back panel and...

FlyLow Kung Fu - Soft Shell Jackets: Reviews

FlyLow Kung Fu - Soft Shell Jackets: Reviews

DUDE CRED Good for Backcountry FlyLow has a sense of humor. The care-instructions tag in this piece advises you first to "Drink Cold Beer." But the Denver-based company also has a solid reputation...

JanSport Salish - Day Backpacks: Reviews

JanSport Salish - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Simple and SmartAlthough they're best known for making school bags, JanSport also has a long track record making technical performance packs—like the 2,074-cubic-inch Salish. From long day hikes...

Gregory Drift - Daypack: Reviews

Gregory Drift - Daypack: Reviews

DAY TRIPPERIf your passion is touring, get the nimble Drift. "It's the perfect size and profile for the typical day trip," said a tester who put miles on the pack in the Colorado backcountry. Skis or...

Gregory Triconi 60 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Gregory Triconi 60 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

TAKE IT OFF-TRAILLike a souped-up Jeep, the Triconi begs to be taken off-trail and over jumbly passes. The reason: The hipbelt and shoulder straps are built into the pack frame with auto-adjusting...

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Helly Hansen Convertor Ekolab – Hard Shell: Reviews

Both the Ekolab's vegetable-based waterproof-breathable membrane and DWR finish are fluorocarbon-free and recyclable. Testers were a bit skeptical that the sustainable chemistry would perform as well...

Deuter Razor 23 - Daypack: Reviews

Deuter Razor 23 - Daypack: Reviews

HARD CHARGERUnless you huck off every cliff in sight, donning body armor is overkill. But a little back protection makes sense for anyone who ventures into exposed, big-mountain terrain. The...

Osprey Argon 70 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Argon 70 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

LOVES BIG LOADSCan't decide whether to pack the pinot noir or the grigio? Bring 'em both—and the cast-iron skillet. On a multi-day trip in the Cascades, the Argon's burly suspension system and...

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