Deuter Aircontact Pro 70 +15

Arc’teryx Altra 85 Gregory Contour 60 Deuter Aircontact Pro 70 +15 best packs of 2013 summer buyers guide

Arc’teryx Altra 85, Gregory Contour 60, Deuter Aircontact Pro 70 +15     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: The heftiest loads.

THE TEST: The Aircontact Pro weighs a bit more than other packs here, but it’s also the most adept at mitigating oversize loads. The secret is in the padding, which hugs the torso but breathes exceedingly well; it’s the same material found in a Mercedes-Benz carburetor—and another reason to believe in German engineering. “Most breathable big pack I’ve ever worn,” said one tester. Little extras—a lid that transforms into a summit pack, a rain cover, trekking pole straps, hipbelt pockets—made a big difference on long outings.

THE VERDICT: The most comfortable suspension system we tested. 7.3 lbs.

HAULING COMFORT: 5
VERSATILITY: 4

Brand: Deuter $339

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