Backpacks

Mountainsmith Needle - Day Backpacks: Reviews

TOUGH BUT LIGHTPurists will love the Needle: It's an alpine pack that's been stripped of everything but the essentials. What's left is a supremely tough sack capable of handling...

Kelty Nimble - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

POCKETS GALOREAre you forever looking for ways to stash small items, like camera, snacks, GPS, sunscreen, first-aid kit, and more? The Nimble, with no fewer than seven pockets...

REI Ridgeline - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

CLASSIC WEEKENDERIf today's stripped-down packs are a little too austere for your tastes, but full-featured packs are too heavy, you'll find the Ridgeline just right. It's light...

GoLite Pursuit - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

OVERACHIEVERThis streamlined pack performed above its weight class on every trip, thanks to durable polyurethane-coated nylon throughout and a suspension—framesheet and...

Gregory Z 55 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

BEST FOR HOT WEATHERBeat sweaty-back syndrome with the Z 55's ventilated suspension. The frame's concave shape creates a pocket of cooling air between your back and the pack....

Ergon BA1 - Daypacks: Reviews

MOVES WITH YOUBuilt with a light plastic frame and hipbelt system and an Allen-wrench-adjustable pivot point that attaches a separate shoulder harness to the pack, the BA1...

Osprey Talon 44 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

LIGHT AND VERSATILEConsider the Talon an experiment in reduction: Every detail has been whittled down to bare essentials, making it a great warm-weather ultralight. But it's no...

Mammut Direct 28 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

TAKE IT ANYWHERESmall enough for short jaunts, cool enough for the heat of the desert, and tough enough for the mountains. The Direct 28 does it all, and for a sweet price. The...

Black Diamond Speed - Backpacks: Reviews

NEED FOR SPEEDAt slightly less than two pounds, this no-frills climbing bag doubles as an elegant overnighter. Handy compression straps cinched my sleeping pad and poles to the...

Mountain Hardwear Riff - Day Backpacks: Reviews

SPEED DEMONCan a running-oriented hydration pack double as a daypack? Yes, if it's designed as well as this one. During trail runs in the mountains above Santa Fe, the Riff's...

Deuter Dryshield 30 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

MOST WATERPROOFWhen Moab's worst rainstorm in years coincided with our weekend plans, the Dryshield prevented a soggy retreat. In conditions that would have soused a lesser pack...

Black Diamond RPM - Day Backpacks: Reviews

BEST EVERYDAY PACKConsider the RPM a showcase pack from the less-is-more school of design. Climbers who loathe extraneous doodads will love the lean construction, but so will...

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