Gear Guide 2012: Backpacks

Find the perfect load hauler for any type of trip.


Ladies’ Choice: JanSport Cienega Backpack

Featherweight Spring Ski Pack: Salomon Quest 30 Backpack

Best Ventilation: Sierra Designs Discovery 30 Backpack

Instant Access: Ortovox Lightning 25 Backpack

Workhorse: Columbia Treadlite 22 Backpack

More Tester Picks – Daypacks

Multiday Packs

Best All-Around: Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack

Versatile Bargain: First Ascent Alchemist 40 Backpack

Hot-weather Warrior: Mountainsmith Ghost 50 Backpack

Waterproof: Exped Torrent 50 Backpack

Mountaineering Lightweight: Marmot Drakon 35 Backpack

Quick-change Artist: Mile High Salute 34 Backpack

Feature Rich: GoLite Quest 50 Backpack

Bombproof: Arcteryx NoZone 55 Backpack

Light and Stable: Gregory Savant 58 Backpack

Family Hauler: Deuter Aircontact 65+10 Backpack

Custom-fit Load Monster: Vaude Terkum 75 +10 Backpack

Big-load Stability: Black Diamond Mercury 65 Backpack

Editors’ Choice Update: REI Flash 62 Backpack

More Tester Picks – Multiday Packs