Backpacks

Verto 26

When you need it, The North Face's Verto is just big enough to hold everything you need for an all-day mission. When you don’t, it compresses to the size of a softball.

Burton AK 31 Pack

THE SELL: Backcountry DNA and sturdiness for the snowboard crowd. THE TEST: It isn’t the prettiest pack of the bunch—“It looks like a sack,” said one tester—but...

Millet Trilogy 32 Pack

THE SELL: A rugged but light top-loader for mountaineering, ski touring, and ice climbing. THE TEST: “A refreshingly simple pack with a few key features,” one tester said. The...

Deuter Pace 20 Pack

THE SELL: A pack that’s as easy to use as it is ultralight. THE TEST: This technical, 20-liter day-pack is all about convenience. Strapping on skis is as fast as slinging them over your...

Salomon Quest 30 Pack

Whether skiing in-bounds at Whistler, hustling through a ski-tour weekend in the Canadian Rockies, or bagging peaks in Wyoming, testers agreed that Salomon killed it with the company’s...

CamelBak Tycoon Pack

THE SELL: Tidy hydration for resort riding and short sidecountry excursions. THE TEST: Given the 18-liter Tycoon’s few neatly tucked straps and low profile, we never felt we needed to take...

REI Pinnacle 50 Backpack

THE SELL: Four-season workhorse. THE TEST: Fully loaded, the 50-liter Pinnacle possessed all...

Fast Pack

Accessible pockets on hip belts and shoulder straps to store energy food and other on-the-go items are requisite for any backpack I take on a race. This year, Out There USA, a company...

CamelBak Charge LR

CamelBak has been experimenting with lumbar hydration packs for quite some time, but they finally figured out how to make one work for mountain biking. A few of our testers were able to wear the...

Kelty Mockingbird Rucksack

Let'e be honest, pivoting waistbelts and space-age suspension systems are overkill when what you really want is a stylish rucksack for mellow hikes or cruising around town. The only nod to the...

Nau Motil Commuter

The 500-denier-recycled-polyester shell of the Nau Motil Commuter is burly and practically waterproof, but you'd never guess it from the sophisticated herringbone finish. That's why it's so cool...

Hydrapak E-Lite Hydration Vest

Hydrapak's E-Lite Hydration Vest carries a liter of water and a few necessities surprisingly well considering how minimalist it is. (It weighs less than ten ounces empty.)

Sierra Designs Revival 65 Pack

THE SELL: A multi-day workhorse with a twist (literally). THE TEST: We've never seen a dynamic suspension system—one with moving parts like pivoting waist belts and swinging straps&mdash...

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