Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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Price

less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

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

The North Face Snow Leopard Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars That is so funny. I have the same pack. I used it and my Gregory from the mid 1980s. I too loved the Snow Leopard. Mine was also bright blue with yellow straps. I dropped it off at the North Face shop today because the weatherproofing was flaking off on the inside of the pack. I am not sure what they will do. It is a strong comfortable pack with easy access to all parts.It has been all over the mountains of California and southern Arizona with a trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and Kenya. It never… Full review

Dana Design Terraplane

rated 5 of 5 stars I got my Terraplane in the mid '90s. The SEAL version not a make on it after many miles in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan. I have an 85lbs Siberian Husky that decided the right hip belt buckle and strap tasted good. Who knows where I can get it repaired? Great pack. I have had it for 23 years with no problems. Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 90

rated 4 of 5 stars A heavy hitter. This is my main pack for short or long trips into the wilderness and you will find this pack on my back up until this year. The weight is 5lbs, but was never a problem. Great for hunting, multi-day to multi-week long trips. Comfortable with plenty of detail. This was my fourth or so pack and I was very pleased with this pack. The weight is 5lbs, but was not felt when hiking around on the Appalachian Trail. This pack easily suits the needs of week or multi-week long trips. The pockets… Full review

JanSport Bhutan

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Versatile travel bag, simple minimalist design, okay for weekend backpacking trips, nice main pack/daypack combo. Took this bag with me on trips to Greece and Turkey and Tanzania, the Caribbean and Japan, as well as backpacking trips in Texas. A great travel bag, the ability to tuck the straps in and convert it to a suitcase configuration was nice for keeping the straps from getting caught on stuff when checking it on flights, and when checking into nicer hotels that don't cater to the backpacking… Full review

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite pack for heavy loads. I owned and enjoyed using a 2012 Baltoro 75 for four years before discovering the Nimbus Trace. The maple frame fits me better so I've used this pack since 2016. Carries heavy loads comfortably because frame fits my back perfectly! Definitely try it on for fit. Lots of straps to cinch down loads so nothing shifts. Cordura fabric holds up really well, virtually scratch/tear-proof. Lots of customizable options in shoulder strap and hip-belts sizes. I use large shoulder… Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 6650

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A comfortable pack that never seems to run out of space! I would recommend this pack (or one of its smaller sibling packs) for backpackers who prefer comfort over light weight (both in the pack itself and with the gear they take). The Kelty 6650 is a high-capacity loader and allows me to take anything and everything! I've been using it for more than 10 years now. While I don't generally have the opportunity to go on more than one backpacking trip per year, the trip is normally for 3-4 days, and… Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 110

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The only fault I find is that the extra daypack's strap is not removable. Otherwise, we were very happy to take two of these into the Boundary Waters for a week this summer. There is plenty of room for all of our lightweight gear and the pass-through sides were great for our rods to be kept safe during portage. Fit both of our frames very well with the adjustable straps. I'm 5'7" and the husband is 6'3". Full review

U.S. Military CFP 90

rated 4 of 5 stars Another fine military item that has already been reviewed on Trailspace. I just wanted to back up what's already been said. I'll cover the camo colors, negative aspect of large-capacity, and some low costs. I'm 6 feet, 2 inches tall and the CPU-90 fits me well. I'm a Leave No Trace Master Educator in southeast New Mexico and I use this pack and the Marine Corps MARPAT pack when I teach the LNT Trainers Course (the Trainers Course is not a backpacking class but a certification class for LNT trainers… Full review

The North Face Fusion

rated 5 of 5 stars 20 years on...still a great pack! I still use it all the time. It's extremely durable so I can't imagine what brainchild was doing to it in 2002 to kill it so quickly. No issues. Fantastic backpack. Full review

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
$95
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$96
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
High Sierra Long Trail 90
$105
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $218
Kelty Coyote 75
$166 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Klamath 75
$175
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
$180 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Teton Sports Outfitter 4600
$180 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$183 - $240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$187 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 75
$189 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$192 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$220
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$220
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$200 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
GoLite Odyssey
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$230
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Ki
$211
Gregory Baltoro 95
$220
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$224 - $280
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$225
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
Black Diamond Mission 75
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
discontinued
Thule Guidepost 75L
$245 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
$270 - $380
Fjallraven Abisko 75
$270
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
$270 - $380
The North Face Fovero 85
$279 - $305
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ
$279 - $381
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$279 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85
$289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$299 - $300
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Jandd Barad
$290 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI XT 85 Pack
$299 MSRP
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