Gear Guide 2011: Backpacks

Whether you're loading for a local dayhike, a weekend in the wilderness, or a once-in-a-lifetime thru-hike, this year's class of packs redefines comfort.


Women's Pick: Osprey Sirrus 24 Women's

Little Big Pack: Deuter Speed Lite 15

Crag Pack: Black Diamond Axis 33

Most Versatile: Mammut Creon Light 32

Best Hydration Pack: CamelBak Highwire 25

Weekend Packs

Toughest: Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 45

Most Versatile: Granite Gear Nimbus Trace 62

Best Ultralight: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider

Editors' Choice Update: Gregory Baltoro 65

Killer Deal: REI Passage 65

Best Organization: Sierra Designs Revival 65/Jubilee 65

Editors' Choice Winner: Granite Gear Blaze AC 60

Weeklong Packs

Killer Deal: High Peak Everest 75+10

Best Fit: Mountain Hardwear Molimo 70

Tough and Weatherproof: The North Face Zealot 70

Big and Light: MontBell Super Expedition 90

Big-load Peakbagger: Black Diamond Mission 75

Best All-Around: GoLite Terrono 70