Get a lot of pack for a little money with the Manang. "I hauled more than 40 pounds on a 35-mile trip through the Wind River Range," said one tester, "and this top-loader performed way above its price range." How? The Manang's well-padded suspension includes shoulder straps with extra-cushy gel inserts, and the frame is plenty stiff for big loads, thanks to two aluminum stays and a rigid U-shaped tube.
The packbag is easy to load and organize, with a cavernous main compartment that has a vertical access zipper, lid and hipbelt pockets, and plenty of lashing options. Even more impressive: The mix of 840- and 420-denier fabric is bushwhack-durable, yet the pack is reasonably lightweight for the capacity. The catch? No sleeping-bag compartment, and the ladder-style, adjustable harness is not as stable as the best in this category. $180; 5,190 cu. in.; 5 lbs. 2 oz. Lafumausa.com
The burly Bora 95 is engineered for colossal loads and ambitious adventures. Our ultra-comfortable Bora suspension is further enhanced with a direct frame-to-hipbelt load transfer system that increases heavy load support and enables freedom of movement over difficult terrain. A full-length WaterTight side zipper, sleeping bag compartment, and generous storage pockets keep gear organized and accessible.
Double layered fabric bottom
Six external compression straps
Full length side zip
Interchangeable unisex dual density shoulder straps
Interchangeable unisex thermoformed hipbelt
Kangaroo pocket with drain hole
Laminated internal kangaroo pocket
Thermoformed back panel
Two external daisy chains, ice axe holders and water bottle pockets