The Best Women's Packs of 2014

The best haulers, duffels, and wheelies to lighten the load.

—Stephanie Pearson

(Inga Hendrickson)

The best haulers, duffels, and wheelies to lighten the load.

—Stephanie Pearson

LowePro Photo Sport Shoulder 18L

BEST FOR: Photographers

Designed for international travelers who want to keep a 35mm SLR handy yet hidden, this simple shoulder bag ($85) has a removable padded camera case that secures to the bottom with Velcro. With one interior and two exterior zippered pockets for a passport, phone, tablet, and notebooks, it’s the ideal carry-on. 1 lb

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Thule 22" Crossover

BEST FOR: Mixing Pleasure and Business

The sleek shell of this carry-on ($350) is crushproof, and a small, zippered “safe zone” pocket on top fits sunglasses and small electronics. Inside, the built-in garment bag and cloth shoe protector keep clothes wrinkle-free and unscuffed. 9.8 lbs

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Burton Westrick Duffel

BEST FOR: Weekend Escapes

Made of light but tough nylon, this 39-liter bag ($75) is for the “throw it all in and think about it later” approach to weekend getaways. The main compartment fits running shoes, a yoga mat, and a bike kit, plus clothing and toiletries. Have-handy items go in the numerous side pockets. Day trip? Snaps on the zipper ends compress the duffel to a more compact size. 1.5 lbs

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


REI Flash 58

BEST FOR: Backpacking

A dream pack for compartmentalizers, the 58-liter Flash ($189) has side sleeves for water bottles, small zippered pockets on the shoulder straps for essentials, two more on the belt for snacks, and… oh, you get the idea. Nice: the suspended aluminum frame helps keep your back cool with padded mesh ventilation panels. 2.9 lbs

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Platypus B-Line

BEST FOR: Biking

Compact and streamlined, with no extras above the shoulders, the eight-liter B-Line ($100) won’t snag on a tree branch while you’re threading tight singletrack. With a pump sleeve, tool pockets, a two-liter hydration bladder, and a quick-access exterior pocket, it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Smart touch: lash points for a helmet and light. 1.5 lbs

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Osprey Tempest 40

BEST FOR: Overnight Trips

This roomy 40-liter pack ($150) features a women-specific hipbelt and harness that perfectly fit several female testers of diverse shapes and sizes, including a long-limbed, five-foot-nine one. The wide drawstring opening makes it easy to find socks in the abyss, and two side straps cinch it small for use as a daypack. 2.2 lbs

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)

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