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Time-Tested Gear: Backpacks

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

Field Notes
“While testing a pack along Vermont’s Long Trail, I quickly realized that the hipbelt wasn’t cutting it. The padding was too short to wrap around my iliac crest. I made do by placing soft items—a hat and neck gaiter—between the belt and my hips. This technique also works if you have an old pack with hard padding—and not enough in the budget to replace it.” —Kristin Hostetter, Gear Editor (and tester since 1994)

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