Gear Review: First Ascent Big Tahoma Backpack

Trek for many days and miles with this lightweight, supportive, durable and highly waterproof pack.

This versatile pack is supportive and comfortable enough for a weeklong trek, but simple and light enough for tackling big alpine peaks. The 4,270-cubic-inch Tahoma was ideal on a posthole-fest through the Wind Rivers.

The (removable) hipbelt never interfered with high-stepping, and two aluminum stays transfer loads up to 40 pounds directly to the hips. And the double ripstop nylon used in the packbag is not only superdurable, it's highly waterproof.



4 lbs. 4 oz.

Men's regular and long; women's regular

Best For

Mountaineers who hike and backpackers who climb mountains

Tester Data

Peter Rives, Matthew Grey

Duration June and July

Locales/conditions WY, CO, UT; steep mountain terrain, snow, rain, sleet "You'd need a belt sander to damage the 1,000-denier Cordura."