BEEMER ON YOUR BACKThe all-mesh suspension design not only kept me dry on a two-hour uphill slog, but also held the bag snug against my back as I ducked under trees. The top-loading maw swallows everything except a sleeping pad (lash it on the sides or top), while the segmented bottom compartment organized my down bag, sandals, and extra socks. I loved the plush padding at the hips and shoulders, but along with the tough ripstop nylon armor, it raised the empty weight to about four pounds.Bonus: Compression straps double as lashing points.Bummer: A tiny front pouch can't hold much.
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