Arc'teryx Altra 85

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: Gear-intensive adventures.

THE TEST: You could carry the kitchen sink, the blender, and even the microwave in this (relatively light) 85-liter beast of burden. Aluminum stays bolstered by a foam back and pivoting hipbelt carried the load with the aplomb of a frame pack, even when crammed to capacity. And the Altra can take a beating: silicone treatment on the ripstop-nylon fabric and straps shed rain and snow like a champ.

THE VERDICT: Expensive but also extremely well built and absolutely humongous. If you can’t fit everything you need in the Altra, you have serious gear issues. 5.7 lbs.

HAULING COMFORT: 4
VERSATILITY
: 2

Brand: Arc'teryx $499

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