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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

Best for Climbers
Millet Prolight 45
If you want a tough, stable pack that's uncluttered by extra pockets and organizing features, choose the Prolight. The single top-loading main compartment is free of internal dividers of any kind, so there's no futzing while packing awkwardly shaped items. Testers hiked three days' worth of supplies into Grace Camp in the Adirondack High Peaks, skied Mt. Marcy all day, then skinned and skied the challenging Benny's Route Canal with fully loaded packs. Through it all, they praised the Prolight's load control and comfort. A vertically rigid framesheet flexes side to side, and stayed glued to testers' backs even when they twisted or reached while scrambling. Not surprisingly, the Prolight excels at carrying technical gear. Features include an ice axe harness that tucks picks out of the way, reinforced patches under cinching side straps that prevent ski edges from cutting the bag, and hipbelt gear loops for hanging climbing pro. Large webbing loops on the shoulder straps let you hang a camera or GPS, or use them as thumb loops if your hands swell from hanging down all day. It's a tad heavy for a no-frills, relatively small pack (with a sewn-in top and the lowest capacity here, it's best for weekend duty), but the weight pays off in durable materials and a solid suspension. Bottom line: For general backpacking duty, we'd like a little more organization, but for technical pursuits we wouldn't change a thing. Reader service #104

> Capacity 2,745 cu. in.
> Sizes 1 unisex
> Weight 4 lbs. 1 oz.
> Price $150
> Info milletusa.com

Overall 3.7
Comfort 3.9
Loading 3.5
Stability 4.2
Durability 4.2


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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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