Gear Reviews

The Best Backpacks of Winter 2016

Carry your gear in comfort and style with these five packs.

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One difference between summer and winter in the backcountry: You need a lot more gear to enjoy yourself in the colder months. Whether you’re skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, or just hiking, a comfy, versatile backpack is a must.

Dakine Poacher RAS 26L

Keep your gear tight.

Cotopaxi Taboche 55L

Long hauls and big loads are this pack’s specialties.

Bergans of Norway Helium Pro 40

This pack carries a lot-but weighs little.

BCA Stash 30

This pack withstood everything from cliff drops to sharp ski edges.

Kelty Redwing 50

Sometimes pure comfort trumps fancy features.