Backpacks

Mammut Lithia Z 15

This mini pack crams a lot of features into a lightweight package....

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Alchemist 40L

This shape-shifter might just replace every pack you own. Lashed down, the Alchemist is compact enough for one-day summit bagging. Unzip the top wedge and unfurl the hideaway lid, and it morphs...

Osprey Escapist 20

BEST FOR: Mountain-biking or hiking in hot climes. THE TEST: With internal pockets designed especially for bike tools, and attachment points for a light and helmet, the 20-liter

Platypus Big Zip SL

The Platypus Big Zip SL was the most secure (read: no accidental leakage) zip-top bladder we tested—and...

Geigerrig Hydration Pack

Geigerrig’s Hydration Pack bladder, which comes standard in the brand’s hiking and biking packs (from $90), can...

Marmot Odin 50 Plus

BEST FOR: Versatility at a stellar value. THE TEST: Though it isn’t packed with a bunch of fancy features, the 50-liter Odin...

Arc'teryx Kata 45

BEST FOR: Scrambling and peak bagging. THE TEST: With a rolltop closure to tuck everything safely away and few outer pockets, the 45-liter

Black Diamond Mercury 75

BEST FOR: Multi-day backpackers. THE TEST: Testers couldn’t believe how good this 75-liter behemoth felt on their backs—“Much more comfortable than any pack this size I&rsquo...

Gregory Savant 58

BEST FOR: Organized living. THE TEST: The 58-liter Savant was obviously designed by folks who spend a lot of time...

Hydrapak Shape-Shift

Hydrapak attacked the age-old problem of water sloshing around annoyingly in your bladder with its Shape-Shift reservoir. Zip...

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