Gear Guide 2010: Backpacks

These packs allow hikers to travel fast and comfortably thanks to dynamic suspensions and weight-saving materials.


best overall

Editors' Choice 2010: Arc'teryx Altra

heavy duty

Osprey Aether 70/Ariel 65 Weeklong Pack

load monster

REI XT 85/XT 75 Weeklong Pack


Mountain Hardwear Wiki 65/Nalu 60 Weeklong Pack

killer deal

Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10/60 + 10 SL Weeklong Pack

all-day comfort

Black Diamond Infinity 60/Innova 60 Weeklong Pack



Mammut Trion Guide 45+ Weekend Pack

most versatile

Mountainsmith Lariat 65+/Juniper 50+ Weekend Pack

most stable

Deuter Spectro AC 32/28SL

best ultralight

Granite Gear Escape AC 60/Escape AC 60 K Ultralight Weekend Pack

best all-around

Gregory Z55/Jade 50

killer deal

Kelty Lakota 4000 Weekend Pack


summit pack

Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32 Daypack

best hydration pack

CamelBak Vantage 35/Vista 32 Hydration Pack

best photo pack

ClikElite Nature 35 Camera Pack

tough and versatile

Marmot Eiger 40 XT Daypack

most comfortable

Black Diamond Nitro/Pulse Daypack

PLUS: Measure Your Torso for a Perfect Backpack Fit

Editors' Choice 2010: ARC'TERYX Altra Backpack

Backpack Shopping Tips