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Mammut Massif 45+10 - Backpacks: Reviews

We may buy a small pack with the aim of paring down, but the Massif's designers know us better than we know ourselves—we'll still cram it full. And thus they have installed the best load-carrying system we've seen in a lightweight pack. Mammut's aluminum Butterfly frame delivers rigid vertical support but flexes in the middle for excellent mobility. After a climbing expedition in Tibet, one tester said, "I carried heavy loads—ice screws, ice-encrusted ropes, a week's worth of food—on extremely technical terrain, and the suspension was up to the task." The pack bag is straight utilitarian, with tool attachments, sleeping-bag compartment, compression straps, and three lid pockets. 3.3 lbs, 3,350 cu in; www.mammutusa.com

Bonus: Hypalon reinforcements bolster an already tough 420-denier nylon sack.

Bummer: No water-bottle—or even wand—pockets.

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