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
Designed for crossover versatility, our largest weather resistant pack is sized for multi-day ski trips, backpacking excursions or climbing expeditions. 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 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