Gear Guide 2013: Backpacks

Treat your back to the perfect load-hauler.


Hero-load Hauler: REI Crestrail 70

Best Weight-to-Capacity Ratio: Gregory Contour 70

Best Organization: Osprey Xenith 75

Best All-around: Arc’teryx Altra 65

Bargain: Mountainsmith Lariat 65

Minimalist: Bergans Helium 55

Best Ventilation: Kelty Fleet 55

Light and Loaded: Granite Gear Leopard V.C. 46

Light and Adjustable: Exped Lightning 45

Best Suspension: Deuter ACT Zero 50+15

Best Travel Pack: Boreas Sapa Trek


Bargain: Vaude Brenta 35

Little Big Pack: Columbia Silver Ridge 35L

Versatile: High Peak USA Alpinizmo Rapid 35

Best Waterproofing: Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense 20

Best Ventilation: Grivel Gamba 30

Alpinist’s Choice: Mammut Trion Light

Carry-anything Workhorse: Black Diamond Equipment Bolt 24

Best All-around: Patagonia Black Hole

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