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Time-Tested Gear: Backpacks

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november 2011 packs kelty 445x260Main: Kelty Trekker 3900 Inset: Tioga (Courtesy Photo)

Editors’ Choice Hall of Fame
Of the 28 packs that have earned our highest award over the past 13 years, Gregory’s Baltoro 70 (and women’s Deva 60) from 2008 reigns as one of our all-time favorites. The packbag is near perfect (with just the right balance between features and lightweight simplicity), but it’s the “miracle suspension system—with its auto-canting hipbelt and shoulder straps—that makes even a 50-pound load feel manageable,” says one tester. $290; 5 lbs. 9 oz.; gregorypacks.com.

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