Doug Schnitzspahn

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sorcerer

The Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sorcerer goes from hauler to super-long hauler and can also be stripped down to a day-mission sack. Call it magic.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 4400 Windrider

By employing Cuben fiber, a bantam-weight fabric that's waterproof and nearly impossible to rip, Maine-based Hyperlite achieves an impressive weight-to-carry-capacity ratio.

The Best Packs of 2014

This year's top haulers got the Six Million Dollar Man treatment—they're better, stronger, and faster than ever before
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Osprey Xenith 88 Pack

Easily tailored to your body, with clever details and a surprisingly light weight.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Alchemist 40L

Think about it this way: your pack is doubly important because (1) it holds almost all your gear, and (2) it’s literally the monkey on your back. There’s been a big-pack renaissance of late, and not...