Packs with this weight-to-capacity ratio usually compromise on suspension. Who needs big-load support, the theory goes, if you’re going to be carrying an ultralight load? Well, sometimes even ultralighters need to carry extra, whether it’s water for a dry stretch or luxe gear for an occasional basecamping trip. Luckily, the Fusion saves weight through its economical, simple feature set rather than with a wimpy suspension system. A single vertical stay and narrow plastic framesheet mimic the back’s movement (allowing for more torsional rotation than a wide framesheet). And unlike the skimpy hipbelts found on many ultralight packs, the Fusion’s does an excellent job of distributing weight. We found it comfortable with up to 55 pounds.
It’s surprisingly tough for a pack this light, thanks to 210-denier nylon and heavier reinforcements on the bottom. Sharp basalt and jagged juniper in the eastern Oregon desert didn’t faze it.
Two shoulder strap/yoke options and three hipbelt sizes let hikers dial in the ﬁ t when they buy. We could ﬁ netune torso length on the trail (up to 9 inches) via a wide Velcro swath.
$230; 2 lbs. 7 oz; 65 liters; sixmoondesigns.com