ARC'TERYX Briza 62

For the price, the Lafuma Manang 65+20 packs a hard punch with superb padding and durability.

Brand: Arc'Teryx Gear Reviews

Model: Briza 62

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.

Designed for comfort and convenience on multi-day backcountry treks, the Briza 62’s plush suspension is shaped for the unique contours of the female form. Tough DWR coated fabrics and WaterTight zippers repel water, and a full compliment of organizational features make life on the trail effortless.

• Double layered fabric bottom
• Four external compression straps
• Full length side zip
• Hose clip
• Hydration bladder pocket
• Interchangeable dual density shoulder straps
• Interchangeable thermoformed hipbelt
• Kangaroo pocket with drain hole
• Key clip
• Occipital cavity
• Removable fanny lid
• Sleeping bag compartment
• Thermoformed back panel
• Two external daisy chains, ice axe holders and water bottle pockets
• WaterTight zippers
• Women’s specific design and fit

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