Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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Price

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$500 and above

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

REI New Star

rated 5 of 5 stars I highly recommend this pack if you can find one used in good shape. Big enough for a long trip, not so big it isn't practical for a weekend. Well made and long lasting (mine finally quit after 19 years and 800+ miles). I bought my New Star two years used in 1997. It had seen some trail time then. Over the next 18 years, I added over 700 miles of use to it from there. The hip strap finally broke (actually only the plastic insert broke, the nylon and padding was OK; I finished two days and 16 miles… Full review

REI Great Star

rated 4 of 5 stars Very large pack with lots of size adjustment and all the basic features you want. Well made and long lasting. Prone to being under filled and causing gear/load to shift or sit oddly, especially on shorter hikes. Great for big/tall persons or longer trips. Just inherited my Great Star from my father after my New Star finally gave up (19 years and over 800 miles on it).  My dad bought the pack new in 1998 and it has about 400 miles on it from him. I can and have comfortably carried about 80 lbs of… Full review

Dana Design Astralplane Overkill

rated 5 of 5 stars The Dana Astralplane Overkill is the most durable, comfortable, indestructible load-hauler ever created. Best loadhauler ever made. Indestructible. Bought mine in early '90's and have hiked with it on at least 50 trips and it looks almost brand new. Mine is the Astralplane Overkill, so it is pretty heavy, but I've packed 80 lbs in it and it still fits like a hug.   If you can find one on ebay, buy it — they are legendary. The guy who made them now builds for Mystery Ranch and his new version… Full review

Lowe Alpine Contour IV

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used on numerous treks in all seasons. Multiple adjustment strap system, built-in yoke strap, and padded waist belt were the convincing points for purchase in early 1990s for a tall, narrow waist male. Bought the Alpine IV in early 1990s, has been used in multiple treks, trips on weekends and summer. Holds as much as you want it to, sometimes too much. Chose this pack for its stability factor and ability to adjust various straps (belt, should) to ventilate or adjust CG while descending or ascending… Full review

REI Morning Star 75

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It holds a lot and the top cap can be used as a basic summit bag. Little heavy, but has zippered body divider that I used to stash my shoes or dirty clothes in the bottom. Used it for a weeklong trip with my girlfriend in the Blue Ridge Mountain parks and it held all of the stuff we needed and then some. Long enough for tent poles and felt fine most of the time hiking. Was a little bigger than needed, but if you're going for a short trek and want to have some comfort gear then this pack will hold… Full review

Lowe Alpine Contour IV

rated 5 of 5 stars Durable, stable, comfortable, durable, easily adjustable (older version, not the new one). Bought the old one barely used maybe 20 years ago. Used to go to the Alps every year. Never had a single thing break on it but the waterproofing died years ago. Looked at all the new ones last year, probably some that were better, ended up getting another Contour IV (much newer model) barely used for $45 this fall. Added a homemade double loop thumbstrap to the sternum strap so I'd have a place to hook my… Full review

Mystery Ranch Terraplane Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars The new Terraplane is an excellent pack for expedition use and other “heavy hauler” users, where it is necessary to haul loads up to 80 or more pounds and still be comfortable. The various Terraplane versions have developed a well-deserved reputation for stability and comfort for these situations. Best used for expeditions, and other extended backpacking uses where heavy loads will be carried. Weight: 6.8 lb/3.1kg Capacity: 5000 cu-in/82 L List Price: $485 Background: Note: At the request of… Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 90

rated 4 of 5 stars Overall this pack fits the niche very well. For me it's a great pack to store my supplies plus supplies for the group. This bag is well constructed and shows little wear so far. For the price the Red Cloud is spot on and definitely one of the best bags I used. Full review

Dana Design Astralplane Overkill

rated 5 of 5 stars I lead backpacking trips for my high school students. I've had this pack since 1995 when the capacity was needed to haul my toddler son's gear. I still value the great fit and ride of this pack now as I did when I hauled changes of clothes and teddy bears. Repaired the waist belt (a burn from a campfire spark), but it still looks new after two decades of hard use. You will wear out before this pack does. Great fit and comfortable and can swallow 10 days of food easily. Full review

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

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Gregory Palisade 80
$279 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Gregory Whitney 95
$285 - $439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Osprey Aether 85
$310
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Altra 75
$383 - $479
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Volt 75
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$172 - $229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$45 - $310
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Kelty Coyote 80
$140 - $209
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mercury 75
$290 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail
$110 - $116
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Klamath 75
$122
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$280
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$150 - $224
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI XT 85 Pack
$289
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Red Cloud
$225
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Gregory Denali 100
$399
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
$200
VauDe Centauri 75+10 XL
$198
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
$139
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
The North Face Conness 82 Pack
$314 - $369
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$290
Kelty Catalyst 80
$200
Fjallraven Kajka 100
$300
Fjallraven Abisko 75
$217
Black Diamond Mission 75
$240
Arc'teryx Altra 85 AR
$499
Osprey Xenith 88
$360
The North Face Matthes Crest 85 Pack
$339 - $399
Osprey Xenith 105
$390
Gregory Petit Dru Pro 85
$264 - $528
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$123
Gregory Denali 75
$233 - $359
ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900 Backpack
$126
Fjallraven Kajka 85
$415
Arc'teryx Nozone 75
$299 - $344
Mountain Hardwear BMG 105
$250 - $360
Osprey Transporter 130
$115
Gregory Deva 85
$300 - $429
Mammut Heron Pro 85+15
$255 - $259
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
$136
Granite Gear Quetico Portage Pack
$150 - $219
REI Yosemite 75 Pack
$179
Eagle Creek Deviate 85L Travel Backpack
$275
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