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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

Backpacker Gear Guide: Weekend Packs

The Goal: Hit the trail and forget you're even wearing a pack.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Marmot Alpinist 55,
Marmot Alpinist 55,

For one or two nights these packs will haul all your gear–whether you're going skiing, scrambling, or mountaineering. Plus, six packs reviewed just for the ladies.

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FULL PRODUCT SPECS: Weekend Packs: Ladies' Luxe

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FULL PRODUCT SPECS: Weekend Packs: Bargain!

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FULL PRODUCT SPECS: Weekend Packs: The Best

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Aug 31, 2008

Sorry Rick but Diamond Head is hardly considered a backpacking trip; used to hike/run it twice a day when I was in Oahu on a business trip. You cannot even stay up there past dark! Anything you can see out of a 4-star hotel room is not considered a "trip", expecially not one to write a book over.

Jim Cromlyn
May 12, 2008

Ditto what the desert fox said. If incredibility is what you aspire to, well, you've made it. Great job guys and gals. Money talks and BS walks I guess. Too bad.

May 05, 2008

I'm gonna give a lot of credit to Backpacker magazine once i write my book on the backpacking I have ''accomplished''.....on the list for tomorrow is Diamondhead on the island of Oahu

-Rick Overton age 23

Eric Nelson
Apr 22, 2008

These are all good packs, but for me, 2400 to 2500 ci is just not enough for an overnight with a tent, sleeping bag and matress. Although the Osprey Atmos 65 is a bit big for a weekend, at less than 4 lbs it is close to most of these in weight, and it is big enough and comfortable enough to haul 35 pounds including water and food which for me is enough for a five-night trip. If I were to choose just one pack for all around weekend and weeklong it would be the Osprey.

the desert fox
Apr 22, 2008

i purchased the Gregory Z 55 after reading your review last year and it is an amazing pack , yet where is it this year ? i have noticed that you have now done this on a number of reviews where a top rated iten is no even listed a year later even when compared to the same items from that year

Troy Olson
Apr 21, 2008

Do you guys ever review the line of packs from badlands? I would like to know how they stack up in comparison to some of these packs, I know they are more designed for hunting put it would still be nice to a review...

Apr 20, 2008

I see 1 Women-specific pack reviewed...What about the other 5??

Conrad Joyce
Apr 18, 2008

and where is the Gregory Z-55 in the list? last year you rated it the first 5 Star pack ever reviewed and this year it is nowhere to be found. kinda' weird, don't you think?

Apr 18, 2008

The new Mountain Hardwear pack is tha shiz nit!!


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