Gear Guide 2012: Backpacks

Find the perfect load hauler for any type of trip.



Daypacks


Ladies' Choice: JanSport Cienega Backpack



Featherweight Spring Ski Pack: Salomon Quest 30 Backpack



Best Ventilation: Sierra Designs Discovery 30 Backpack



Instant Access: Ortovox Lightning 25 Backpack



Workhorse: Columbia Treadlite 22 Backpack



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Multiday Packs


Best All-Around: Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack



Versatile Bargain: First Ascent Alchemist 40 Backpack



Hot-weather Warrior: Mountainsmith Ghost 50 Backpack



Waterproof: Exped Torrent 50 Backpack



Mountaineering Lightweight: Marmot Drakon 35 Backpack



Quick-change Artist: Mile High Salute 34 Backpack



Feature Rich: GoLite Quest 50 Backpack



Bombproof: Arcteryx NoZone 55 Backpack



Light and Stable: Gregory Savant 58 Backpack



Family Hauler: Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack



Custom-fit Load Monster: Vaude Terkum 75 +10 Backpack



Big-load Stability: Black Diamond Mercury 65 Backpack



Editors' Choice Update: REI Flash 62 Backpack



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