Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Golite Terrono 90 Backpack

A light-and-large pack perfect for bulky winter loads.

The bigger the payload, the more important a pack’s fit—since weight and bulk amplify the hip-rubbing, shoulder-straining effects of sloppy load transfer. So it’s no wonder that winter gear-laden testers swooned over the monstrous Terrono.

The hipbelt length adjusts four inches to properly cradle both wide and narrow hips, and the torso moves four inches as well. Shoulder straps can also be fine-tuned via Velcro adjustments, and color-coded sizing guides help you dial it all in. “The precise fit helped tame winter loads over 50 pounds,” says our Colorado tester.

Behind the fit: An arch-shaped aluminum rod and vertical stay, paired with a rigid framesheet, deliver outstanding support. Dyneema reinforcements boost durability.

Gripes: The mouth of the zippered sleeping bag compartment is too narrow to fit bulky winter bags (load from the top), and the skinny compression straps tend to get twisted up in the buckle.

$300

4 lbs 8 oz

90 liters

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