A dayhike/bike/travel/commute pack? This jack-of-all-trades is actually a master of each. The unique suspension is key to its versatility: You can adjust the space between the pack and your back. When I steamed up on an ascent of Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, I pushed down on the top of the aluminum frame, yanked a strap, and morphed the standard foam backpad into a taut trampoline suspension*. The simple 22-liter packbag has one large compartment that opens via a C-shaped zipper, which let me peel back the top and access gear quickly. The interior sleeve holds a hydration bladder or laptop, depending on the day’s itinerary.
Multisporters who want one daypack for all their activities
> Kristin Hostetter
> Duration April to June
> Locales/conditions MA, VT, WY; spring sun and drenching thunderstorms
> “A waterproof top pocket gave me a safe place to store my phone and wallet in bad weather.”
> Weight 2 lbs. 1 oz.
> Price $130
> Info boreasgear.com
*Trampoline Suspension This design allows cooling breezes to ventilate sweaty backs; mesh is strung across aluminum side struts to create air space.