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This suitcase-style pack is ideal for keeping your gear organized and separated. The internal padded laptop sleeve keeps electronic devices safe, and a small pocket on the front of the pack fits documents, a phone, or a notebook. You can carry the Mission three ways: as a suitcase, over the…

If you’re looking for an airy hauler for extended trips, this is it. “It feels like cheating to hoist a 60-liter pack that tips the scales at only two pounds,” we wrote in our Buyer’s Guide test of the best packs. “There are no side­-entry zippers or…

This duffel is one of our favorite weekender travel bags. The Rolling Thunder is basically the much-loved Basecamp Duffel with wheels. It has a 40-liter capacity and is waterproof so it’ll stand up to plenty of abuse. Plus, the bag is still carry-on size, so you can keep it…

The LifeStraw’s membrane removes 99.9 percent of bacteria and parasites. We like it so much we included a version of the filter in our 2018 roundup of the best men's thru-hiking gear.

The Crown VC has all the bells and whistles you need, like compression straps, a ventilated back panel, and stretch pockets on the shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds, but still weighs barely over two pounds. Going on a shorter trip? The roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes making…

This pack is a larger version of the ACT Lite we included in our best women’s backpacking packs roundup. We especially like how the expandable collar adds 10 liters of storage. “If you’re shopping online and can’t try on the pack in person, the ACT Lite is likely to…

Everyone's quick to tell you all the reasons to go lighter. Allow me to explain why they're wrong.

Adjusting your pack seems like it should be simple, that is until you're struggling down the trail after not correctly dialing in the fit

The Deva 70 is a slightly older version of a standout hauler we highlighted as “the biggest, most comfortable women’s pack on the market.” The suspension, dialed specifically to fit a woman’s frame, allows for a customizable fit. It also includes a removable daypack that doubles as a…

Retro tech meets modern looks in the new Kelty Zyp and Zyro

The Rise 32 is designed for multiple days in the backcountry. The women’s-specific fit includes a narrow shoulder harness, shaped hipbelt, and shorter torso length. The Rise has a full back-panel zipper opening for quick access, reinforced ski and snowboard carry (snowshoe compatible, too), ice-ax and trekking-pole loops, and an…

Chris Solomon has been all over the world and knows what you really need when you're abroad

Ask yourself: Is that french press really necessary for the backcountry?

Here’s our comprehensive guide for how to choose the right backcountry shelter

This palm-sized satellite device enables you to send and receive messages (and call for rescue) right from your cellphone

When your home-on-wheels is in the shop for multiple days, take the opportunity to explore someplace new on foot

Having a better backpacking trip starts with a good list of essentials.

We stopped six trekkers passing through Oregon to find out what they love most so far

Most functional bags of 2015.

Stuff these in your pack and head out of the country with peace of mind

With ice-ax retention you can release with the pack on, gear loops for ’biners and belay devices, and an integrated crampon pocket, the Matrix is purpose-built for ski mountaineering. But you don’t have to rope up to appreciate how light, roomy, and useful the Matrix is.

Think of your pack as a closet on your back. And just as there’s no right way to fold your clothes, there’s no single pack that’s suited to everyone. But allow us to offer some advice.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Alchemist 40L This shape-shifter might just replace every pack you own. Lashed down, the Alchemist is compact enough for one-day summit bagging. Unzip the top wedge and unfurl the hideaway lid, and it morphs into an entirely different beast—a roomy 55-liter hauler with plenty of space…

What's the best lightweight gear for a weekend backpacking trip?

I'm a photographer and cinematographer, and I'm looking for a backpack that can double as a photo bag for hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing. I've found that Lowepro bags are too small. What do you recommend?

After competing in more than two dozen adventure races, Stephen Regenold breaks down his go-to outdoor gear

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Deuter ACT Zero 50+15 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the REI Crestrail 65 backpack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Salta Vita.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sierra Designs Revival 65 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the JanSport Versteeg pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Eagle Creek Adero 55 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Marmot Freya 35 backpack.

I'm planning a three-month backpacking trip in Europe for the fall of 2011 with my girlfriend. I would like to know what bag should I buy and how big it should be?! I was looking at the Arc'teryx and Osprey bags but I really don't know what to look for! Mathieu Montreal, Quebec

I live in Tahiti and do some day hiking and getting ready to try more serious overnight trips. What's the best women's backpack adaptable for our climate : i.e., for hot, humid, and rainy in tropical to marine environments? Approximate capacity required: 3,000 cubic inches for one to two days Any suggestions? Mary AnneTahiti

Your perfect weekend: packing a frying pan, camp chair, fishing gear, and 12-pack and marching 12 miles to a secret trout pond. Your perfect pack: the Catalyst. It features a dynamic suspension with a wide, firmly padded hipbelt linked directly to a pivot point in the middle of the…

Give the air pump on the hip a few squeezes and the Summit’s already cushy hipbelt and back panel get even more luxurious. It’s a touch heavy but brimming with handy features like a detachable top panel that transforms into a lumbar pack. 7 lbs, 4,900 cu in;…

Innovation usually comes in fits and starts: a zipper here, a strap there. But Arc’teryx dispenses with the nickel-and-dime approach with this revolutionary pack. Any other year its every detail—from welded seams to dynamic suspension—would have been noteworthy. In this case the sum is much, much greater than the…

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