Model: Simony 40+8
It’s unusual to get winter features in a pack that’s light and ventilated enough for summer. Durable, A-frame ski straps, secure Velcro and rubber tool attachments, and a dedicated crampon pouch make the Vaude Simony pack winter-ready. Yet an easily removable lid (saves 5.2 ounces) and ventilation channels on the backpanel make it a solid pick for light-and-fast, warm-weather trips, too.
The Simony ﬁts torsos from 15 to 19 inches, making it best for hikers with short- and medium-length torsos. Just pull cords that move a ratchet along notched plastic stays. Gripe: We found the cords tricky to grasp (especially while wearing gloves).
The hipbelt attaches to the frame via a wide Velcro patch (remove it to save 5.5 ounces). Load transfer (up to 40 pounds) is very effective, but we found the pack sweaty on hot, hard trail days.
We could ﬁnd anything in seconds, thanks to two crescent-shaped zippers running up both sides of the narrow, top-loading packbag.
$190; 3lbs. 1 oz: 40+8 liters; libertymountain.com