Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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$500 and above

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

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

Osprey Xena 85

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid, heavy-duty, high-capacity pack, with thick, comfortable padding, great for any longer backpacking or mountaineering trips. This pack is a beast — it's built to last! Highly adjustable back fits your spine length perfectly. True to Osprey packs, this packs offers a solid and comfortable frame. I've found the padding on the hip and shoulder pads to be much thicker than my old Osprey Aura 65 (bought in 2007, retired in 2015). I tested the Xena 85 recently on a 4-day, 28mi. backpacking trip… Full review

Deuter Aircontact 75+10

rated 5 of 5 stars Workhorse for expedition backpacking. Most comfortable pack I ever put on. Most comfortable pack I ever put on. Used it for dozens of backpacking/hiking/camping trips. Once, in NM, I swapped packs with someone else and even with re-adjusting, his pack just felt wrong and heavy, even though mine actually weighed more.   For me, comfort is everything and this pack delivers. It's about 5 years old and may last longer than I do. Full review

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

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$45 - $309
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$78 - $123
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
$120 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
$123 - $125
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$130
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
$136
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
$138
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
Kelty Catalyst 80
$160 - $199
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Kelty Coyote 80
$220
Kelty Coyote 75
$220
Lowe Alpine Zephyr 65:75
$178
 
REI Yosemite 75 Pack
$179
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$180 - $224
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
$180
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Teton Sports Outfitter 4600
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 75
$189 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
$190 MSRP
Eagle Creek Deviate 85L Travel Backpack
$192
VauDe Centauri 75+10 XL
$198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
Kelty Catalyst 76
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Volt 75
$200
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$225
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$200 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
GoLite Odyssey
$200 MSRP
 
Lowe Alpine Metanoia
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Redcloud 110
$240
Gregory Stout 75
$219
Kelty Redcloud 80
$225
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$225
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$225
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$229
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face Crestone 75
$229 MSRP
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$230
Black Diamond Mission 75
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
discontinued
 
Boreas Gear Halo 75
$231
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$231 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Red Cloud
$240
Cabela's XPG 100L Backpack
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Gregory Palisade 80
$250 - $318
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
REI Traverse 85 Pack
$279
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