Weekend Backpacks

Ten reader-testers hiked nearly 1,000 miles to rate new midsize load haulers. Their five picks: five models that deliver comfort, affordability, and convenience.

Bargain: High Sierra Summit Backpack

Best for Winter: Lowe Alpine Tour Attack 40 Backpack

Best Organization: ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba Backpack

Most Stable: The North Face Ligero 50

Best Overall: GoLite Lite-Speed Backpack