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 the motivated woman with expedition sized loads to carry, the Briza 75 shoulder straps and interchangeable hipbelts are shaped for her unique contours. A removable top lid, internal thermoformed kangaroo pocket, zip-out compartment divider and full-length WaterTight side zip, keep life organized.
Double layered fabric pack bottom Six external compression straps
Full-length side zip Hose clip Hydration bladder pocket under lid Interchangeable dual density shoulder straps Interchangeable thermoformed hipbelt Kangaroo pocket with drain hole Key clip Occipital cavity Sleeping bag compartment
Thermoformed back panel Two external daisy chains, ice axe keepers, and water bottle pockets WaterTight zippers Womens specific design and fit