The North Face Ion 20

The Millet Elevation 30 has everything you want in a pack—stabilty, support, and even wrist loops.

Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews

Model: Ion 20

Stable and Feature-Rich

Testers loved this featherweight top-loader for heavily laden dayhikes and lightweight overnights. “Surprising usable space,” wrote one. “It holds more than the capacity numbers would suggest, and the flat-and-wide packbag keeps weight close to your back.” Effective hipbelt load transfer manages a whopping 35 pounds, and female testers praised the supportive and comfortable shoulder harness of the 30LD women’s version.

Despite its deceptively simple design, the Elevation has a pull-out raincover, a hipbelt pocket, zip access to the main packbag, plenty of interior pocketing on the lid, and even long wrist loops on the shoulder straps. The latter is a smart feature and a fave among Euro hikers; pulling the loops redistributes pressure on the shoulders, easing aches at the end of long days. Good compression lets you cinch it down for short hikes. Bummer: It could use more back ventilation for the hottest temps. $135; 1,830 cu. in.; 2 lbs. 9 oz.

Molded EXOLITE back panel + Dual-density Airmesh shoulder harness + Sliding adjustable sternum strap with
Safe-T whistle + Hydration-ready with universal reservoir clip + Airmesh waist belt with three-point adjustment
+ Three-dimensional zip pocket and webbing tool loop on waist belt + Large main compartment with organizer
+ Zippered front stash pocket + Padded universal laptop/hydration sleeve (fits 15″ laptops) + Stretch woven
water-bottle pockets + Zippered rain cover pocket with rain cover included + Reflective hits

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