BEST FOR: Winter mountaineering.
THE TEST: The Alpinisto is loaded with ice-climbing and ski-mountaineering features, including a helmet recess, a crampon pocket, and ice-screw loops on the hipbelt. But you don’t need to scale technical peaks to appreciate this 50-liter pack’s oversize A-frame ski loops and burly aluminum buckles. And like the Dynafit Baltoro, the Alpinisto is a transformer: remove the hipbelt, foam pad, and suspension stay to shed 1.5 pounds and turn this load hauler into a minimalist summit sack.
THE VERDICT: Next in line for Gear of the Year. One tester summed it up best: “The ability to be all or nothing with little compromise. This could be your one-pack quiver.” 3.8 lbs