Backpacks

Mountain Hardware Fluid 48 Pack

THE SELL: Ultralight goes mainstream. THE TEST: At well under three pounds, the 48-liter Fluid is remarkably svelte for a tweener daypack-overnighter. We loved the flexy feeling in the harness...

Osprey Hornet 32 Pack

THE SELL: An ultralight daypack with the appetite of a weekender. THE TEST: While the spartan suspension (just a quarter-inch of back padding) would limit some packs to day-hiking loads, Osprey...

OutThere AS-1 Pack

THE SELL: Scads of external pockets let you access almost all of your gear on the fly. THE TEST: Designed by adventure-racing star Mike Kloser, the AS-1 has 15—15!—exterior pockets....

Osprey Viper 4 Pack

Osprey's Viper 4 pack has a trick rigid bladder and handy magnetic retention system for the bite valve.

CamelBak Charge 450 Pack

CamelBak's lightweight (one-pound) Charge 450 Pack keeps sloshing to a minimum and is just big enough for a full-day ride.

Camelbak Aventura

The Aventura's hydration system blew others out of the water: the reservoir's lid is easier to screw on and secure, and the hydration compartment's long L-shaped zipper makes the bladder a cinch...

Timbuk2 Candybar Backpack

Finally, a cute alternative to the back-killing messenger bag. The 15-liter Candybar has a padded sleeve for an iPad or Kindle and organizer pockets for professional sundries but is also comfy...

Eagle Creek Salta Vita

The 65-liter Salta Vita has all the trappings of a good multi-day pack, like a cushy canted waist belt and dedicated hydration pocket. But it's built for travel, with a suitcase-style U-shaped...

REI Crestrail 65 Backpack

The 65-liter Crestrail provides a lot of comfort for its weight, even when hauling 45 pounds. A pillowy waist belt moves with your hips, and an eggcrate back panel helps circulate air. Side zips...

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...

Marmot Freya 35 Backpack

Simply and logically designed, the Freya packs just enough features into its 35-liter frame—ice-ax loops, ski-carry straps, and a gear loop on the hipbelt—to make it our go-to pack...

Dakine Girls Amp 8L Pack

The Dakine Girls Amp 8L pack thrilled organization-loving testers: eight inner and outer pockets micro-managed our stuff. Plus, it has a clip-on light tab, a 70-ounce reservoir that turns inside...

Eagle Creek Adero 55 Pack

THE SELL: The adventure traveler's backpack. THE TEST: It's classic Eagle Creek. There's every smart feature a traveler could want—anchors for zipper padlocks, a top lid that doubles as a...

Osprey Verve 13 Backpack

With Osprey's new hydration reservoir, which has a stiff spine and compresses evenly while draining, this 13-liter pack doesn't turn into a hot dog when filled with water. Thoughtful bells and...

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