Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)


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Recent Expedition Pack (4,500+ cu in) Reviews

REI Traverse 85 Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Functional. Comfortable. REI stepping up their mid-high end packs Fit: I'm right in between the M and L size, so it was suggested that I go with the L. After playing with a few settings, the pack fits like a glove and load is secure to my back with little shifting. Comfort: Great ventilation. Shoulder and hip straps are very comfortable and mold well to my body. Capacity: I originally picked up the Traverse 70, but hiking with kids, I needed some added space for more gear. 85 seem perfect for the… Full review

Jack Wolfskin Trail Head II

rated 4 of 5 stars Love the pack. A friend found it for me and I've been using it every day for many months. The two top zippers finally broke, but the rest is in top shape. I've been homeless for 2 years and this is the best pack yet. It is very comfortable, even when I have over 50 lbs. in it, which is quite often. Full review

Deuter Aircontact 75+10

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great expedition backpack. Works exceptionally well under heavy weight for long distances. Pack is very adjustable, giving me the confidence to carry a heavy load and navigate over tricky mountain terrain. Very good construction and materials, creating a durable and strong pack. Looks good. After research on the Deuter Aircontact 75+10 and discussion with others on the mountains. I made the purchase last fall and have come to love this backpack and give it monumental trust. I noticed a prevailing… Full review

Cerro Torre Kodiak

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough as nails. I have had this pack for about 11 to 12 years, and it has been out in the snow for ski backpacking several years, camping in Florida, Oregon, Washington, Appalachian Trail, simple car camping, backpacking—you name it. This thing looks brand new. It's been beat, rained on, blizzarded on, sweated to death in humidity, used probably 60 days a year for 11-12 years. AMAZING PRODUCT. Even the clips were easily repaired if they got smashed in airports. I can't even say more than what… Full review

Gregory Baltoro 85

rated 5 of 5 stars Comes with pack: rain fly, small hydration pack, and waterproof phone compartment. Fit is great. Call Gregory, the company people are nice and easy to work with. The 85 is very comfortable to carry. Lots of room, but not so much that you will be bring too much gear. The pack can be top loaded and you can get to the main compartment from the front. Compression is very good. It has straps all over and this makes it easy for compressing the pack. Zippers work easy. Only just purchased this pack. Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lots of storage and comfortable when loaded down. This is for the 4900 model. I've only had this pack for about five weeks now, but I've had it out about eight times in the wilderness. I bought it mainly for canoe camping, the large size can fit all of my gear, to cut down on the number of trips I must make on a portage. I haven't tried wearing the pack and carrying  the canoe at the same time, but I think I could do it if I dropped the kitchen sink from my inventory. This is the first internal… Full review

The North Face Snow Leopard Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars I've had this pack since 1988. It has completed the AT, the Vermont Long Trail, the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier including a summit of Rainier, and it has seen every inch of around 400 miles of trail and summit in the Catskill Mountains of N.Y. To this day, it has never torn, zippers have not broken, stays have stayed true to my body. It is still (other than the clear faded colors) as good as new. Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900

rated 5 of 5 stars A solid pack for the extended trip. Plenty of space with accessible pockets and an easy to get to rainfly make this a good pack. I have been using this pack for the better part of two years, and we go camping about once a month (weekends) and one week-long trip in the summer and one-week long trip in the winter. I have reduced my load considerably and the pack continues to deliver.   It is easy to wear, easily adjustable. I’m 6'4" and have found this to fit me nicely where other packs ride too… Full review

Kelty Redcloud 110

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought this pack for my 14 yo (6' 2") son for a one-week leadership wilderness training. He loves the weight distribution, spaciousness. Neither of us could figure out how to attach carry the detachable fanny pack, no instructions. So he brought an old one for day use as needed. Also few places to attach carabiner within handy reach for water, compass, etc.  Otherwise this is a great, well built, high quality piece of equipment. Full review

Top-Rated Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Redcloud 110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Gregory Palisade 80
$250 - $318
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$231 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85
$248 - $309
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Altra 75
$479 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Volt 75
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$45 - $309
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Kelty Coyote 80
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mercury 75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85 Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gregory Deva 85
$178 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 105
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Red Cloud
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$180 - $224
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Gregory Denali 100
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
VauDe Centauri 75+10 XL
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
Granite Gear Traditional #4
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
Black Diamond Onyx 75
Kelty Catalyst 80
Fjallraven Kajka 100
Fjallraven Abisko 75
$290 - $299
Kelty Catalyst 76
Lowe Alpine Zephyr 65:75
Black Diamond Mission 75
Kelty Redcloud 80
Boreas Gear Halo 75
Bergans Trollhetta 75L
Gregory Petit Dru Pro 85
$370 - $528
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
Kelty Red Cloud 80
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$78 - $123
Bergans Alpinist 110
Exped ition 100
Gregory Denali 75
Bergans Alpinist 130
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
Fjallraven Kajka 85
$410 - $415
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