Why we like it This 85-liter behemoth manages the heaviest loads. If you want a pack with carry-anything support and hand-me-down durability, this is it.
Custom comfort The suspension is amazingly robust: fiberglass rods augment a stiff plastic framesheet, and a second sheet behind the shoulders telescopes to match the user’s exact height and upper back curve. The hipbelt has a wide, curved lumbar pad and two luxuriously padded “wings” that hug the pelvic girdle. Our guy loaded the Terraplane with 75 pounds for nine days on the PCT and reported nothing but comfort. “It kept weight tight and low, without the sagging and swaying that’s typical with big loads,” he says. Interchangeable components ensure a perfect fit for everyone.
Organization With a whopping 85-liter capacity (including six pockets), our testers never had to scrimp on supplies. This top-loader has multiple access points: A full-length zipper reveals the entire contents and a bottom zip gives easy access to a compression compartment for a sleeping bag and puffy. Plus, the detachable lid converts to a hip pack.
Durability The 500-denier Cordura is one of the burliest materials known to packs. After two weeks of pack-bashing in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, one tester called the Terraplane a “family heirloom.”
Compressibility Packs this big need awesome compression, and the Terraplane has eight straps to pull things tight to the spine.
Caveats Weight and price. $485; 7 lbs. 7 oz.; 85 liters; multiple size configurations; mysteryranch.com