JanSport Rockridge

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

Brand: JanSport

Model: Rockridge

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. Lafumausa.com

Three convenient ways to carry: shoulder straps, grab handle, and messenger strap

Features include:

AirCore™ shoulder straps
AirLift™ sling strap
Two large main compartments for versatile storage
Padded laptop sleeve for safe transport
Large front pocket with angled organizer keeps essentials handy
Bungee cord gear stash with cord lock
Easy access V-loft pocket
Compression water bottle pocket
Reflective zipper pulls for nighttime visibility
Fully padded back panel for cushioning comfort
Padded grab handle

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