Mountain Hardwear Direttissima - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

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This 3,200-cubic-inch pack's suspension system—a compression-molded back panel and nicely padded shoulder and hip straps—can handle the heaviest of loads (and the floating top lid really allows you to overfill the thing). But strip off the top pocket and framesheet and swap out the big hipbelt (pictured) for a pared-down version and you've got a pack perfect for more athletic endeavors. Either way, it's chock-full of smart touches: The thick, vinyl-like material on the front panel is puncture-proof, the ice-tool clips double as bottle openers, and an externally accessible hydration-bladder sleeve lets you refill it without rearranging a thing. 4.3 lbs; mountainhardwear.com

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