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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Guide 2010: Weeklong Backpacks

These load-haulers have all the space you need for an epic week-long trip.

by: Backpacker Editors

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Sydney Evans
Jun 12, 2010

As usual, this is the list for the elitist. Backpacker magazine specializes in elitism with the one exception being the annual Gear Guide. I finally wore out a decades old Hines Snowbridge pack and replaced it with a Jansport Klamath 68. It has logged over 300 miles over the last 13 months and hardly shows any wear. You don't HAVE to pay $300 for a great pack...

Jun 09, 2010

They didn't leave these other packs off the list. These are new packs, or packs that have been redesigned for 2010. Not to say that the other packs mentioned aren't great, but Backpacker usually features new gear. As far as the size of the packs seeming small: That probably has to do with the fact that most new gear is smaller than it used to be. I have replaced most of my older gear with new stuff, and a 65 liter pack is more than enough space for a week (even with a bear canister inside). Most packs over 80 liters these days are refered to as expedition packs, and are more suited for trips like Denali.

Jerry P.
Jun 09, 2010

I'm not sure I understand. These packs range from 3660 cubic inches to 5187 cubic inches and yet you call all of them week long packs. I think it's a bit of a streach to call a 3660 cubic in pack a week long pack. It's not all about the weight it can carry, but the space it has to carry it in.I do like the REI pack.

Dale Vernon
Jun 08, 2010

One more older pack to add to the list ... Gregory Denali Pro (1999 version) with it's 7k Cu. In. capacity. Awesome on-trail / off-trail pack with enough space for 7+ days fool & gear. Still love the comfort this pack affords, even after all the miles and years. Who says newer is better?!

Jim Donohoe
Apr 23, 2010

I've got an older Dana Design Terraplane Overkill a '98 model I believe. Still one of the best designed packs on the market. Rugged as they come and I've done a LOT of bushwacking and it still hardly has a mark on it. About 7500 Cu. In. but the weight sacrifice is worth it in comfort and stability. Lets hear it for good older gear and their older hikers!

Joe in the hills
Apr 22, 2010

You omitted my favorite Osprey Argon 110 @ 7100 Cu. In. you can even throw in the kitchen sink with this massive gear hauler.
The suspension system w/ Osprey is unbelievable on all their packs.
How about multi-week hauling it's up to it...


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