Good for the environment: a pack made with recycled content. Great for the environment: a pack made with recycled content and so tough it’ll last a lifetime. Fjällräven’s G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco does the trick. The blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton wears like elephant hide—we couldn’t mar it with normal use. The fabric is waxed for water resistance (it’s PFC-free, another green star), but you’ll still want to use the included rain cover in a downpour. The ﬁtted cover slipped on securely when we got caught in thunderstorms in Colorado’s Indian Peaks.
The stiff suspension and well-padded hipbelt easily managed 45 pounds. “It hugged my back and the lumbar pad felt like it was glued in place,” said one tester aft er a 10-mile day in the Rockies. Note: The ﬁ xed suspension is great for stability, but with no adjustment you’ll want to check ﬁ t carefully (it comes in three sizes, as well as smaller capacities).
Thumbs-up for simple, top-loading design, but we wish it had a divider panel between the sleeping bag and main compartment.
$300; 4 lbs. 6 oz; 58 liters; fjallraven.us