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Gear Guide 2013: Backpacks

Treat your back to the perfect load-hauler.

Gear Review: Columbia Silver Ridge 35L Daypack

Tough fabric, compact, and room to spare. What more could you want?

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter Pack

A backpack made for ultralighters who travel in wet climates

Gear Guide 2012: Backpacks

Find the perfect load hauler for any type of trip.

Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Daypacks

These daypacks offer plenty of comfort, easy to access pockets and the kind of durability you need for any climbing adventure.

Gear Guide 2011: Backpacks

Whether you're loading for a local dayhike, a weekend in the wilderness, or a once-in-a-lifetime thru-hike, this year's class of packs redefines comfort.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: REI Traverse 30 Daypack

Perfectly sized and organized for done-in-a-day outings

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Kelty Diaper Daypack

An everyday diaper pack that goes from trail to train with ease

Gear Review: Osprey Sirrus 24 Women's Daypack

The fit and comfort of this pack scored high with all our female testers.

Gear Review: Deuter Speed Lite 15

A 15 liter daypack that's small, light, and tough.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Axis 33 Daypack

A tough pack made for climbing rock.

Gear Review: Mammut Creon Light 32 Daypack

If you only want one daypack, ever, this is your pack.

Gear Review: CamelBak Highwire 25 Daypack

A 100-ounce reservoir makes this hydration pack the best of the bunch.

How-To Slideshow: Fitting a Backpack

In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you exactly how to fit a pack for optimum comfort and stability on the trail.

Gear Review: Gregory Serrac 45 Backpack

Perfect dayhike hauler that can handle gear-heavy multi-day trips

Gear Review: Mountain Hardware Trad Pack

A pack built for climbers.

Gear Review: Lowe Alpine TX Expedition 75:95 Pack

A pack that holds monster loads but weighs just over five pounds.

Gear Review: Millet Odyssee 60+10 Pack

If you only buy one multiday pack, this is it.

Gear Review: Vaude Daytour 24 Pack

A trim pack built for backcountry ski days.

Gear Review: Mammut Spindrift Guide 40 Pack

A 40-liter pack that comfortably carries up to 50 pounds.

Gear Review: TSL Snowalker 15 Pack

A pack built to haul snowshoes.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Revelation Avalung Pack

A backpack with built in Avalung technology for use in avalanche-prone areas.

Gear Review: Deuter Pace 30 Pack

An ultralight pack that's under $100...and comfortable.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Daypack

This daypack wears skis and ice axes as accessories.

Gear Review: CamelBak Vantage 35/Vista 32 Hydration Pack

Carry up to 100 ounces of hydration power with this comfortable daypack.

Gear Review: Gregory Z55/Jade 50 Daypack

Gear Review: ClikElite Nature 35 Camera Pack

This is a true hiker's camera pack.

Gear Review: Marmot Eiger 40 XT Daypack

This workhorse pack has been redesigned with an easy-access opening.

Gear Review: Black Diamond Nitro/Pulse Daypack

This daypack is made for scrambling and holds up to 25 pounds.

Gear Review: First Ascent Big Tahoma Backpack

Trek for many days and miles with this lightweight, supportive, durable and highly waterproof pack.

Field Test: Daypacks

For all-day epics, fast-and-light summit bids, and even minimalist overnights, reach for one of these versatile load haulers.

Gear Guide 2009: Vaude Versametric Ultralight 60+10 Review

Vaude created a simple, no-frills pack high on stability with the Versametric Ultralight 60+10.

Gear Guide 2009: Vaude Cross Ultralight Comfort 35 Review

The Vaude Cross Ultralight Comfort 35 is the ideal lightweight bargain pack for dayhikes or weeklong treks.

Gear Guide 2009: The North Face Spire 40 Review

Scramble up anything with the North Face's climber-oriented Spire 40 backpack.

Gear Guide 2009: Millet Elevation 30 Review

The Millet Elevation 30 has everything you want in a pack—stabilty, support, and even wrist loops.

Gear Guide 2009: Marmot Alpha 25 Review

Pack up the weekend toys for your outdoor activity of choice in Marmot's ultralight–and ultra cheap–Alpha 25 backpack.

Gear Guide 2009: Crumpler Bumper Issue Review

Want rugged? Go for the Crumpler Bumper Issue, a rough and tough pack that takes on narrow slot canyons and unforgiving brush fields.

Gear Guide 2009: Black Diamond RPM Review

Run, climb or ski with the low profile Black Diamond RPM pack.

Heavy Duty Roller: Mountain Hardwear Juggernaut Series

Use and abuse the tough Mountain Hardware Juggernaut Series luggage.

Trekking Poles Review: Leki Carbonlite

Our reviewer found the Leki Carbonlite poles "tough, compact, and eerily light...."

Camera Pack Review: Crumpler Karachi Outpost

This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

Bargain Load Haulers: Weekend Pack Review

High performance and low cost? These 6 weekend packs deliver.

Zero Impact Challenge

Is it possible to build a backpack that doesn't contribute to global warming? Not yet, but five pioneering companies gave it one helluva try. (Cue standing ovation.)

Pack Fast, Pack Right

Organization and preparation will make your next overnight or day-hike packing session easy. Below, the Backpacker editors showcase their mistakes for your benefit.

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