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Bargain Load Haulers: Weekend Pack Review

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

Deuter Aircontact Lite 50+10

This pack is more than a pound lighter than some competitors, which is why it rose to third place despite average scores for comfort, features, and durability. With loads under 35 pounds, the suspension proved stable enough for the rough terrain of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. Credit the crossed aluminum stays and a wide hipbelt with two-way stabilizers. And with five inches of torso adjustment controlled via Velcro and a line of webbing loops, fine-tuning fit is hassle-free even on the trail. The three-pocket lid and hidden passport pouch inside the sleeping-bag compartment provide plenty of storage options, and the single hipbelt pocket is big enough for a GPS. Downsides: The back panel doesn’t ventilate well. And the single lid strap blocks access to the front bungee cords. Tip: Unless you’re XXL, trim the extra-long hipbelt strap. Women’s version is the Aircontact Lite 45+10SL. Reader service #103

> Capacity 3,650 cu. in.
> Sizes 1 men’s, 1 women’s
> Weight 3 lbs. 8 oz.
> Price $149
> Info

Overall 3.9
Comfort 3.2
Loading 3.1
Stability 2.9
Durability 3.3

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