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.
This year's top haulers got the Six Million Dollar Man treatment—they're better, stronger, and faster than ever before .
Easily tailored to your body, with clever details and a surprisingly light weight.
Extremely well built and absolutely humongous.
Stands out with a vertical organization system and a handy wishbone wire suspension system.
The most comfortable suspension system we've tested and the most adept at mitigating oversize loads.
A dynamic pack with torso-hugging stability and plenty of comfort.
Versatile, breathable, and affordable.
Fits more than you would expect and is still respectably light.
An ultralight, ultra-affordable, and surprisingly capable pack.
Goes across continents as well as it goes up mountains.
Ideal for fast-moving technical forays, with a smart set of features that helps it do everything equally well.
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...
BEST FOR: Big dudes hauling serious loads.
The Savant’s cushy suspension system earned high marks across the board.