Get a lot of pack for a little money with the Manang. "I hauled more than 40 pounds on a 35-mile trip through the Wind River Range," said one tester, "and this top-loader performed way above its price range." How? The Manang's well-padded suspension includes shoulder straps with extra-cushy gel inserts, and the frame is plenty stiff for big loads, thanks to two aluminum stays and a rigid U-shaped tube.
The packbag is easy to load and organize, with a cavernous main compartment that has a vertical access zipper, lid and hipbelt pockets, and plenty of lashing options. Even more impressive: The mix of 840- and 420-denier fabric is bushwhack-durable, yet the pack is reasonably lightweight for the capacity. The catch? No sleeping-bag compartment, and the ladder-style, adjustable harness is not as stable as the best in this category. $180; 5,190 cu. in.; 5 lbs. 2 oz. Lafumausa.com
An outdoor styled pack that's serious about storage and safe for your laptop.
Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps
Two large main compartments for versatile storage
Front utility pocket keeps essentials handy
Fully padded, breathable back panel stays dry and comfortable
Padded laptop sleeve for safe transport
Two tiered front gear pockets
Bungee cord gear stash with cord lock
Side compression straps keep pack close to the body and manage the load
Fabric: 600 Denier Polyester / 420 Denier Velocity Nylon
Laptop dimensions: 10" x 2.5" x 15"