Dynafit Baltoro 42

    Photo: Dynafit

BEST FOR: Extended missions.

THE TEST: We loaded the Baltoro to the max for a four-day hut trip in the Canadian Rockies. At the hut, we ditched the bottom pocket (just big enough for a sleeping bag) and unclipped the lid, dropping the volume from 42 liters to 28 in seconds. And when it came time to switch from skinning to boot-packing, the randonnée-racing-style loop-and-clasp ski carry allowed us to attach our boards without removing the pack.

THE VERDICT: Some testers wished that the U-shaped back zip was a bit larger, to make it easier to access the bottom of the pack, but we’re really nitpicking here. The Baltoro is an exceptionally well-designed pack from top to bottom. 3.7 lbs

Comfort: 4
Function: 4.5

Brand: Dynafit $180

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