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Best for Winter
This specialized pack split our testers, with some loving its performance for winter hiking and ski touring (and even climbing), and others having a tough time getting a good fit from the fixed suspension (18-inch torso length). Dax was a huge fan: “I bushwhacked through 20 miles of Sierra snow, and it stuck to me like glue.” He also praised the secure and stable ski-carry system, while Rochfort appreciated the large, zippered front pocket with a drainage hole.
“It let me segregate wet layers,” he says. A single aluminum stay provides structure (and saves weight); combined with stiff padding in the backpad, the suspension comfortably supports loads of about 25 pounds (fittingly, the non-extendable top lid and limited capacity inhibit overpacking). Giant zipper pulls are mitten-friendly, and the hipbelt has a gear loop and stash pocket. Bummer: A buckle broke on the lid’s compression strap.
> Capacity 2,440 cu. in.
> Weight 2 lbs. 14 oz.
> Sizes One unisex
> Price $150