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
With built-in slots for a shovel and probes, and an improved Wrap System, the Silo 30 was built for backcountry runs. Two thoracic V-stays provide load support while allowing the pack to remain supple for effortless turns.
Panel loading WaterTight zippers Faux lid pocket Front pocket
Internal security pocket High visibility lining Thoracic V-stays Hydration bladder pocket and hose clip Internal gusseted pocket with bungee closure Internal shovel and probe sleeve system Wrap System for skis and boards Two ice axe loops and Velcro® axe keepers Laminated shoulder straps Thermoformed back panel Removable thermoformed hipbelt pods with gear loops Top handle Front haul loop Key clip Adjustable sternum strap