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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Bargain Load Haulers: Weekend Pack Review

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

by: Berne Broudy

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The Astra's build-in raincover deploys like a pop-up umbrella
The Astra's build-in raincover deploys like a pop-up umbrella
The North Face Terra 40
The North Face Terra 40
Deuter Aircontact Lite 50+10
Deuter Aircontact Lite 50+10
Extra-large webbing loops on the shoulder straps add versatility
Extra-large webbing loops on the shoulder straps add versatility
L.L. Bean White Mountain
L.L. Bean White Mountain
Coleman Exponent Tatarian X55
Coleman Exponent Tatarian X55

Ratings scale: 5 = Perfect gear, 1 = Save your money

Total Stability
The North Face Terra 40
"Zero sway." That's what one tester said after aggressive scrambling in the peaks surrounding California's Saline Valley, and others agreed. The stability starts with the suspension system's perfectly pre-curved aluminum stays and rigid polyethylene framesheet, which transfer weight efficiently and evenly to the hipbelt. Add thickly padded shoulder straps that cinch securely and a supportive hipbelt with two-way stabilizer straps, and the Terra will monkey-hug your back on the trickiest terrain. The channeled mesh back panel is well-padded and kept hikers cooler than any other pack in the test. Stretchy side and front pockets and the two-chambered top lid easily corral doo-dads and extra layers. (Bummer: There's no hipbelt pocket.) Mesh side pockets are more horizontal than vertical, but still secure a liter bottle. Though capacity is on the smaller end of the range–largely because of the sewn-on lid and short collar–testers agreed that they'd pack light and carry it for up to a week in summer, or use it for backcountry skiing in winter. Reader Service #102

> Capacity 3,700 cu. in.
> Sizes 1 men's, 1 women's
> Weight 4 lbs. 4 oz.
> Price $119
> Info thenorthface.com

A ladder-lock system lets you fine-tune torso length in seconds Overall 4.0
Comfort 4.0
Loading 4.1
Stability 4.2
Durability 4.4
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READERS COMMENTS

Adam
Nov 15, 2011

Just bought this pack from the Coleman outlet for $75 incl. shipping. Haven't used it yet, but it seems well-built with good features for the money.

Adam
Nov 15, 2011

Just bought this pack from the Coleman outlet for $75 incl. shipping. Haven't used it yet, but it seems well-built with good features for the money.

Will
Mar 02, 2009

The Terra 40 is an excellent pack and they can be had now for really good prices. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good pack with mid-sized room that won't break the bank.

Normand
Sep 15, 2008

I got the Cerro Torre ,model Gecko 45, for weekend
trip and more .Good comfort et partic pockets and a rain sheild it's include , many adjustements . I used for one week
trip in summer time in Quebec Chalevoix , i'm very
satisfy .
Good Quality/price

Chad
Sep 11, 2008

I got the Terra 40 (Terry) for weekend trips in the Colorado back country. So far it has provided me with plenty of space and comfort for long or short hikes.

Great price, great pack


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