Osprey Xenon 70

For the price, the Lafuma Manang 65+20 packs a hard punch with superb padding and durability.
Xenon 70
Price $349.00

Specs

For Women
Frame Type internal
Load Type hybrid
Fixed Capacity (cubic inches) 4100
Sizes Available 3

Killer Deal

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

Backpacking - deluxe custom fit

Osprey has teamed up with MountainFund.org to create the Pass on the Passion program. You can send your used Osprey Pack to the Mountain Fund to be sent to people/programs around the world in need of them.