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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

Versatile
Coleman Exponent Tatarian X55
After speed hiking a 15-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in California, one tester praised this pack for its balanced combination of weight (low), durability (high), and features (plenty). A framesheet and two aluminum stays provide solid support, but relatively thin padding on the hipbelt and shoulder strap make it best for loads below 30 pounds. Despite the sub-four-pound weight, the pack is both spacious and easy to load. "The squared-off bottom keeps the pack from tipping over and the oversized O-ring zipper pulls make pockets quickly accessible," said one tester. Mesh side sleeves and pockets hold a sleeping pad or tent poles, a stretchy front pouch keeps extra layers accessible, and the top lid converts to a lumbar pack. The silicone-treated nylon packbag is lightweight, highly water repellent, and impressively durable: After the PCT trek, we loaded it with 38 pounds of climbing gear, checked it on a cross-continent flight, and it still showed no signs of wear. (With that much weight, you'll experience some shoulder fatigue.) Torso length adjusts via Velcro. Gripes: The hipbelt pocket is small, and the shoulder straps are scratchy on bare skin.

> Capacity 3,455 cu. in.
> Sizes 1 men's, 1 women's
> Weight 3 lbs. 13 oz.
> Price $150
> Info coleman.com


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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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