Backpacks

Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 Pack

It's the best kind of mutant. Part minimalist fast-packer, part monster hauler, the ACT Zero seemed like the perfect tool no matter what the mission. Technical peak-bagging day trip? We easily...

Arc'teryx Aerios 14 Pack

THE SELL: A streamlined little multisport daypack. THE TEST: Most packs this small—14 liters—have room for a full hydration bladder (not included) and not much else. But thanks to...

Gregory Z40 Pack

THE SELL: A fully featured 40-liter daypack-slash-overnighter that got a face-lift. THE TEST: The Z40 has all the user-friendly features you'd expect in an expedition pack: big U-shaped front...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

JanSport Versteeg Pack

THE SELL: A big-load hauler with external storage options galore. THE TEST: The 60-liter Versteeg distinguished itself the old-fashioned way—by being so damn accommodating. Need to quickly...

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...

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...

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