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.

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...

REI Pinnacle 50 Backpack

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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