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Backpacker Magazine – May 2012

Gear Reviews: Ultralight Packs

Cut weight and boost comfort with the best new ounce-shaving load haulers—tested and rated by tough-on-gear Grand Canyon National Park rangers.

by: Annette McGivney

ZPacks Exo (Courtesy Photo)
ZPacks Exo (Courtesy Photo)

[best all-around]
GoLite Jam 50

[most stable]
Osprey Exos 46

[lightest]
ZPacks Exo

[light and large]
Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus FS

[most versatile]
Gossamer Gear Gorilla


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Jason
Oct 16, 2012

I would've loved to have seen the Hornet 46 reviewed in this category, rather than the Exos 46 as the Hornet 46 is the only pack from Osprey that neatly fits into this category. At more than 2lbs the Exos is not very ultralight. Also I have been considering the Hornet 46 for myself and there are very few reviews of this relatively new pack.

matt la clair
Oct 16, 2012

While the packs you picked are good you missed the best and only American made pack. Hyperlight Mountain Gear's Windrider. This pack is light, durable, water resistant and trail tested.

I own one, walked the A/T with it and still bang around the Dacks with it.

GriffStarr
Oct 16, 2012

Too bad the Granite Gear Virga isn't reviewed here. It's gone unchanged for several years because it's pretty much perfect. I cut the waist belt off (best decision ever) and it now weighs just under a pound. Super durable and the most comfortable shoulder straps out there are a couple high points. Happy Trails!

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