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

Brand: Arc'Teryx Gear Reviews

Model: Quiver

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.

An easy-access, three-point suspension makes the Quiver perfect for days of quick hits and quad laps. Designed with room for the essentialsÐprobe, shovel, hydration bladder and other bits required for spontaneous shots of backcountry.

• Alpine clips
• Hydration bladder pocket
• Hose clip
• Full-length side zip
• One front pocket
• One main compartment
• Padded bottom
• Thermoformed back panel
• Thermoformed shoulder strap
• 1″/38mm webbing hipbelt
• Three point suspension system
• WaterTight Zippers

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