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How to Choose the Right Backpack

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Which backpack is right for you? Wes Siler is here to explain how they work, by comparing the features of a typical modern design (the Osprey Aether AG 60) with those of a technical, ultralight option (the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest). Supplied with this knowledge, you’ll be better prepared to take to the stores, try on a bunch of packs yourself, and pick one that will work right for your body and your style of camping.

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