Gregory Contour 60

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 highly organized.

THE TEST: The wishbone wire suspension system on this lightweight, versatile pack kept the payload close to our tester’s back during a hairy traverse in Rocky Mountain National Park. And at 60 liters, the Contour easily carried all the basics for a long weekend, plus a bear canister, fly rod, and inflatable pack raft. But what really sold us was the organization system, which separates the pack into three main vertical zones. The first is for stuff you want to grab without removing the pack—water, snacks. The second is for layers and other items you put on and take off frequently during breaks. And the third is for big items you won’t need until you find a campsite.

THE VERDICT: Go vertical and you’ll never go back. 4.3 lbs.

HAULING COMFORT: 5
VERSATILITY: 4

Brand: Gregory $279

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