[best travel pack]
“Ideal for big adventure travel,” wrote one tester after a two-month odyssey to New Zealand and China. He deemed the pack “easier than my pickup to live out of,” crediting its handy, Y-shaped “tri-zip”—a zipper arrangement that allows you to fillet open the entire front of the packbag. Tuck-away shoulder straps and hipbelt vanish beneath the backpanel—nice when you’re checking the pack as luggage. Our self-described OCD tester raved about the removable mesh organizer that doubles as a toiletry bag.
You can remove the stiff plastic framesheet and aluminum hoop perimeter stay to save a pound, but the pack’s load-carrying capacity drops from 35 pounds to 15 or 20. On wet days, the waterproof lid kept electronics safe. Ding: The high riding load limits head clearance. Need more space? A removable daypack ($80; 1 lb. 3 oz.) is optional. $220; 3 lbs. 7 oz.; 55 liters; 2 sizes; boreasgear.com