Now that I’ve reduced my base weight to less than 15 pounds, I can truly appreciate a frameless rucksack like the Exodus. At 60 liters, it’s the perfect size for long weekends, peakbagging, or even longer minimalist trips. And it’s no glorified knapsack.
With surprisingly well-padded hipbelt and shoulder straps, and my folded Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite carefully tucked inside (acting as the frame), the Exodus handled up to 30 pounds (which I reached when fully watered up). The compact load clung to my back, keeping me balanced on a steep scramble up Spider Gap in Glacier Peak Wilderness.
Unlike many UL packs, the Exodus needs no TLC: The gridded Dyneema X fabric rebuffs abrasion, and reinforced stitching and multiple bar tacks on key attachment points enhance durability. $185; 1 lb. 5 oz.; 3 unisex sizes; mountainlaureldesigns.com.
The combination of low weight and a clean internal shape make this pack great for long rock routes, extended hikes and ski tours. There are also loads of extra loops for hanging or attaching gear if needed.
Clean Shape For Maximum Usable Space
Spacer Mesh Back Panels And Shoulder Straps For Improved Comfort
Removable 8mm Foam Back Pad
Robust Fabric In Key Areas To Give Maximum Strength For Minimum Weight
Long Front Zip For Excellant Access
2 Bottle Pockets, 2 Zipped Hip Pockets And 2 Side Pockets
Zipped "Change Pocket"
Side Compression Cords And Gear Loops
Multiple Attachment Points For Additional Gear On Front, Sides And Top