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Gear Guide 2010: Backpacks

These packs allow hikers to travel fast and comfortably thanks to dynamic suspensions and weight-saving materials.
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WEEKLONG
best overall
Editors’ Choice 2010: Arc’teryx Altra
heavy duty
Osprey Aether 70/Ariel 65 Weeklong Pack
load monster
REI XT 85/XT 75 Weeklong Pack
all-purpose
Mountain Hardwear Wiki 65/Nalu 60 Weeklong Pack
killer deal
Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10/60 + 10 SL Weeklong Pack
all-day comfort
Black Diamond Infinity 60/Innova 60 Weeklong Pack

WEEKEND
toughest
Mammut Trion Guide 45+ Weekend Pack
most versatile
Mountainsmith Lariat 65+/Juniper 50+ Weekend Pack
most stable
Deuter Spectro AC 32/28SL
best ultralight
Granite Gear Escape AC 60/Escape AC 60 K Ultralight Weekend Pack
best all-around
Gregory Z55/Jade 50
killer deal
Kelty Lakota 4000 Weekend Pack

DAYPACK
summit pack
Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Daypack
best hydration pack
CamelBak Vantage 35/Vista 32 Hydration Pack
best photo pack
ClikElite Nature 35 Camera Pack
tough and versatile
Marmot Eiger 40 XT Daypack
most comfortable
Black Diamond Nitro/Pulse Daypack

 

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video icon Editors’ Choice 2010: ARC’TERYX Altra Backpack
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