The Best Backpacks of Winter 2016

Carry your gear in comfort and style with these five packs.
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Carry your gear in comfort and style with these five packs.

One difference between summer and winter in the backcountry: You need a lot more gear to enjoy yourself in the colder months. Whether you're skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, or just hiking, a comfy, versatile backpack is a must.

Dakine Poacher RAS 26L

Keep your gear tight.

Keep your gear tight.

Cotopaxi Taboche 55L

Long hauls and big loads are this pack's specialties.

Long hauls and big loads are this pack's specialties.

Bergans of Norway Helium Pro 40

This pack carries a lot-but weighs little.

This pack carries a lot-but weighs little.

BCA Stash 30

This pack withstood everything from cliff drops to sharp ski edges.

This pack withstood everything from cliff drops to sharp ski edges.

Kelty Redwing 50

Sometimes pure comfort trumps fancy features.

Sometimes pure comfort trumps fancy features.