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
Our largest mountaineering pack is sized for multi-day expeditions, and features a supportive suspension system with horizontal composite frame members that prevent barreling when compressing the main body. Highly modular, this voluminous pack can be shed of unwanted components and compressed small for summit pushes.
Top loading compressible kangaroo pocket with Hypalon™ reinforcement and top closure • Large removable top lid • Full length WaterTight™ side zipper
• Removable dual density framesheet • Emergency bivouac insulation pad • Twin removable aluminum stays • Composite horizontal frame members • Two front compression straps • Four side compression straps • Removable thermoformed hipbelt • Laminated shoulder straps • Two Axio ice tool holders • Two modular ice axe keepers • V-frame suspension • Glove friendly snow-shedding buckles • One compressible side stash pocket • Lid hydration bladder pocket and hose port