Model: Big Squirt
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. Lafumausa.com
An all-purpose pack with a new splash featuring Liquid2Go go hands-free hydration system.
Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps
One main compartment
Front utility pocket with organizer keeps essentials handy
Liquid2Go hydration system customizes any bottle for easy access to fluids
Bungee cord gear stash
Fully padded back panel for cushioning comfort
Web haul loop
Fabric: 600 Denier Polyester