Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34

Salute 34     Photo: Courtesy of Mile High Mountaineering

BEST FOR: Climbers and hikers. THE TEST: We’re not sure the world needed another pack maker. But Denver-based Mile High Mountaineering, started by some recent college grads in 2009, has a fresh vibe and, more important, a roster of impressive packs. The 34-liter Salute stands out for its long, swooping zippered panel that snakes across the pack’s entire back for quick access to nearly every nook. The same design also enables you to open the entire pack and lay it almost flat if you need to sort gear or stack a climbing rope. On the trail, the pivoting hipbelt and frame system kept the load tight and close, even when we had to run to escape the rain. Our only gripe: that S-shaped zipper is a bit overbuilt and sticky. THE VERDICT: Impressive debut from a new company. 3.5 lbs

HAULING COMFORT: 4.5
VERSATILITY: 4

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