The North Face Fulcrum 35

The Millet Elevation 30 has everything you want in a pack—stabilty, support, and even wrist loops.
Price $129.00

Specs

Frame Type frameless rucksack
Load Type hybrid
Fixed Capacity (cubic inches) 2200
Sizes Available 1

Stable and Feature-Rich

Testers loved this featherweight top-loader for heavily laden dayhikes and lightweight overnights. "Surprising usable space," wrote one. "It holds more than the capacity numbers would suggest, and the flat-and-wide packbag keeps weight close to your back." Effective hipbelt load transfer manages a whopping 35 pounds, and female testers praised the supportive and comfortable shoulder harness of the 30LD women's version.

Despite its deceptively simple design, the Elevation has a pull-out raincover, a hipbelt pocket, zip access to the main packbag, plenty of interior pocketing on the lid, and even long wrist loops on the shoulder straps. The latter is a smart feature and a fave among Euro hikers; pulling the loops redistributes pressure on the shoulders, easing aches at the end of long days. Good compression lets you cinch it down for short hikes. Bummer: It could use more back ventilation for the hottest temps. $135; 1,830 cu. in.; 2 lbs. 9 oz. Milletusa.com

Unique pack body configuration designed to haul climbing gear + Double vertical front zips allow for easy rope
stowage + Burly ballistics nylon pack face with light, rugged airbag panels. + Welded abrasion-resistant fabric
reinforcements + Molded E-VAP™ back panel + Stowable padded hipbelt with gear loops + Inward expanding
side water-bottle pocket won’t protrude in tight spots + Reinforced three-point haul loops + Multiple exterior
lash points + Hydration compatible with sleek hose port + Weather-resistant PU zips + Sliding sternum strap
with Safe-T whistle + Refective hits