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

Brand: Arc'Teryx Gear Reviews

Model: Silo 50

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.

This high volume ski pack holds enough gear for a weekend tour, and a full-length WaterTight side zip makes sorting through it easy. With a generous top pocket, front shovel pocket, and deep tool sleeve all the snow study gear has a home. A large RollTop closure reveals a deep main compartment with a light reflecting lining for visibility.

• RollTop lid closure
• Full-length side access zipper
• WaterTight zippers
• Faux lid pocket
• Front shovel pocket
• Side tool sleeve
• Hydration bladder pocket and hose clip
• Improved Wrap System
• Two ice axe loops and Velcro® axe keepers
• Laminated shoulder straps
• Thermoformed back panel
• V-Frame suspension
• Thermoformed hipbelt with Squash Pods™
• Top handle
• Front haul loop
• Key clip
• Adjustable metal sternum strap

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