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Gear Review: Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus Backpack

A 60-liter ultralight frameless rucksack perfect for long weekends
Jan 2011 Gear Mtn Laurel Designs Exodus 445x260Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus (Courtesy Photo)

Now that I’ve reduced my base weight to less than 15 pounds, I can truly appreciate a frameless rucksack like the Exodus. At 60 liters, it’s the perfect size for long weekends, peakbagging, or even longer minimalist trips. And it’s no glorified knapsack.

With surprisingly well-padded hipbelt and shoulder straps, and my folded Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite carefully tucked inside (acting as the frame), the Exodus handled up to 30 pounds (which I reached when fully watered up). The compact load clung to my back, keeping me balanced on a steep scramble up Spider Gap in Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Unlike many UL packs, the Exodus needs no TLC: The gridded Dyneema X fabric rebuffs abrasion, and reinforced stitching and multiple bar tacks on key attachment points enhance durability. $185; 1 lb. 5 oz.; 3 unisex sizes;

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