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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Guide 2013: Backpacks

Treat your back to the perfect load-hauler.

by: Nancy Prichard Bouchard

Patagonia Black Hole (Ben Fullerton)
Patagonia Black Hole (Ben Fullerton)

MULTIDAY PACKS
Hero-load Hauler: REI Crestrail 70
Best Weight-to-Capacity Ratio: Gregory Contour 70
Best Organization: Osprey Xenith 75
Best All-around: Arc'teryx Altra 65
Bargain: Mountainsmith Lariat 65
Minimalist: Bergans Helium 55
Best Ventilation: Kelty Fleet 55
Light and Loaded: Granite Gear Leopard V.C. 46
Light and Adjustable: Exped Lightning 45
Best Suspension: Deuter ACT Zero 50+15
Best Travel Pack: Boreas Sapa Trek

DAYPACKS

Bargain: Vaude Brenta 35
Little Big Pack: Columbia Silver Ridge 35L
Versatile: High Peak USA Alpinizmo Rapid 35
Best Waterproofing: Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense 20
Best Ventilation: Grivel Gamba 30
Alpinist's Choice: Mammut Trion Light
Carry-anything Workhorse: Black Diamond Equipment Bolt 24
Best All-around: Patagonia Black Hole



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