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I am 6'7'' and an active outdoorsman year-round. Which 20-ish degree bag has the most shoulder space and is still rather light?

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Q.} I am 6'7'' and an active outdoorsman year-round. Which 20ish degree bag has the most shoulder space and is still rather light?
Submitted by: Chris - Gambrills, MD
A.} To get the best answer for your question, I went to two BACKPACKER staffers who can relate: Jon Dorn and Ben Fullerton, both 6í6Ē. Here are a few of their three-season picks.

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