Black Diamond Equipment Bolt

REI Flash 22 Eddie Bauer First Ascent Bacon Black Diamond Equipment Bolt best packs of 2013 summer buyers guide

REI Flash 22, Eddie Bauer First Ascent Bacon, Black Diamond Equipment Bolt     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Athletic endeavors.

THE TEST: The Eddie Bauer and REI packs are extremely pared down and packable; the Bolt is cut from different cloth. With a full suspension system, including an aluminum stay, the Bolt is ideal for fast-moving technical forays like slot-canyon exploration, peak bagging, and even mountain biking. And thanks to a smart set of features that include ice-ax and trekking-pole loops and a bike-light clip, it does everything equally well.

THE VERDICT: Overkill for mellow day hikers, but awesome for just about anything else you can do in a 24-hour period. 2.1 lbs.

HAULING COMFORT: 5
VERSATILITY: 5

Brand: Black Diamond $130

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