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
This fast access RollTop pack is large enough for gear intensive day tours. Its V-Frame suspension is integral with the frame sheet for additional support. Tool specific pockets keep shovel and probes handy and the 3D-thermoformed hip belt padding is removable, leaving a streamlined webbing belt.
RollTop lid closure WaterTight zippers Faux lid pocket Front shovel pocket One side tool sleeve Hydration bladder pocket and hose clip
Improved Wrap System Two ice axe loops and Velcro® axe keepers Laminated shoulder straps Thermoformed back panel V-Frame suspension Removable thermoformed hipbelt pods Top handle Front haul loop Key clip Adjustable metal sternum strap