Light and Stable
"Very stable and simple, with the ability to shrink or expand with your load," wrote one tester after carrying this stripped-down pack on Bryce Canyon's 24-mile Under-the-Rim Trail. He found the flexible, no-stay suspension carried up to 35 pounds well (above that, the weight hangs too much off the shoulders).
The single-compartment packbag is sized just right for mountain layers, a down bag, small tent, pad, ministove, and two to five days of supplies. But it's not completely stripped-down; there are quick-release side compression straps, an extendable top lid, deep stretch wand/bottle pockets, and front compression straps. It's a versatile pack that's in its element on any ultralight trip and especially on scrambles where stability is key. Quibbles: The stretch bottle pockets are tough to reach, and we'd love a pair of pockets on the hipbelt. $180; 3,600 cu. in.; 3 lbs. 1 oz. Granitegear.com
This weather resistant multi-sport pack is sized for light overnight skiing/hiking trips or gear-heavy climbing days. A dual-stage RollTop closure compresses small or extends for an additional 10 litres of volume. Our customizable Lash-Ladder system accommodates skis/boards, ropes, or camping gear. Featuring a full-length side zip, external probe pocket and extra large kangaroo pocket.
Weather resistant and durable Extendable RollTop closure Fully seam sealed Laminated moulded AC2 Fusion Points Load Transfer Disc
MonoFrame backpanel GridLock adjustable shoulder-strap suspension system Side and front Lash-Ladder Fusion Points with removable webbing Radially formed shoulder straps Full-length side zip Large side access kangaroo pocket with drain hole Top pocket with key clip External probe/tool pocket Laminated pigment-dyed WaterTight zips Hydration bladder sleeve and hose exit Hose clip Adjustable/removable sternum strap One Axio ice tool holder 3D shaping
Mini-security pocket for ID cards or Recco® System