Mountainsmith Lookout 50 Overnight Pack

Millet Axpel 42 Mountainsmith Lookout 50 MHM Flatiron 42 summer buyers guide best packs of 2013

Millet Axpel 42, Mountainsmith Lookout 50, MHM Flatiron 42    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Weekend backpacking and hut trips.

THE TEST: There’s nothing fancy about the Lookout 50, but that’s a good thing. It isn’t as agile as the Millet, but it’s more versatile, in terms of both adjustability (the Millet’s torso length is fixed) and carry capacity: an expanding lid allows the Lookout to increase in size to 64 liters (read: bring the candles, wine, and kite). An easy-to-adjust, breathable suspension system rounds out this solid pack.

THE VERDICT: Well priced and designed. 4.4 lbs.

HAULING COMFORT: 3
VERSATILITY: 5

Brand: Mountainsmith $180
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