Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)


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less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

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

REI New Star

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The performance of this pack has been unbelievable. Durable, comfortable, versatile...it was a great. I bought this pack in 1994.  Anyone have an older one?  Mine, I must say, is worn out.  It has been a great friend and I am a little sad that I need to replace it.  I believe that I easily put 2000 miles on it. Full review

Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90+15

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid VERY large pack. Great for extended use or winter camping/hiking. I picked my pack up from a buddy for 25 bucks used about 10 years ago. GREAT deal. I'm a bigger guy and was looking for a large pack for extended trips and winter camping/packing. This pack is very well made and is constructed of a heavier nylon Cordura. Great in that it is tear-proof and holds up, but it makes it a little heavy by today's standards. The pack is designed for a larger person. I'm 6'1" 250# and I have no trouble… Full review

Gregory Denali 100

rated 2.5 of 5 stars OK pack, but not for the heaviest loads and longer trips due to some weak parts of the carrying system (described below) and too small volume, narrow bottom, and side pockets. In wintertime when carrying a bigger sleeping bag and generally more equipment this pack will, in my opinion, be too small for more than a couple of days outdoors. I bought this pack summer 2015. Used it on some weekend trips in forest regions and one 17-day trip tenting in the mountains. What I don't like is the narrow bottom… Full review

Mountainsmith Apex 100

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a comfortable, huge capacity, well-designed, well-constructed freighter. I was looking for a lighter replacement for my Gregory Rainier, and the Apex 100, which weighs about 3lbs less, fit the bill. The suspension is comfortable with loads up to 60 lbs (most I've carried in it), and extremely easy to adjust, even in the field. The main compartment is  cavernous, easily swallowing camera gear in its own daypack, along with clothes, food, tent, sleeping bag, pad, cook kit, and fuel—4… Full review

Deuter Aircontact 75+10

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome pack! This shares with my Kelty 75 the honor of being the best pack I have ever carried. Bear in mind that I have owned and carried a vast number of packs, so that is saying something.   Now I have not carried loads north of maybe 35 pounds in this pack, but this pack is designed for much more. The maker designates this as an "expedition" pack, whatever they may mean by that. The sleeve gives another 10 liters and both measurements seem accurate. The design is sophisticated and can hardly… Full review

Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90+15

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great price, tough pack. I am a big guy and long waisted to boot. I wanted a big pack when I got back into backpacking and this is the one I bought new (I picked up a second at Goodwill for less than $4). My older three-season sleeping bag is a synthetic fill and it is bulky, as is much of my older gear. The suspension is well designed, the waist belt is wide and comfortable, it rides about as well as any pack this size could. The lumbar pad is awesomely thick and comfy. But...this is more pack… Full review

Gregory UM21 Backpack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Still relevant. Do you abuse gear? Do you hike off-trail, through brush, over rocks and don't want to worry about a branch tearing a hole in the latest, lightest and most expensive nano-fabric? Have you passed through the ultralight gear stage and want a pack (or in addition to UL) that lasts longer than two seasons and doesn't require kid gloves treatment?  Do you really like straps? If yes to any or all of those then this may be the pack for you. Fit: Tons of adjustment to fit almost any body… Full review

ULA Equipment Catalyst

rated 4.5 of 5 stars One of the lightest full sized packs out there. Comfortable at 40 pounds or less and very durable. I tried quite a few different packs in the 65+ liter range and found that the ULA Catalyst is one of the lightest and most comfortable packs out. It does great between 25-35 pounds but at and over 40 pounds other packs carry the weight better.   My first use of this pack was on the Four Pass Loop in Aspen, Colorado, and we were pinching ounces trying to get weight down. The bear canister cost me 2.5… Full review

Dana Design ArcFlex Terraplane

rated 5 of 5 stars As an outdoor professional, I bought my Terraplane in 1996 through a work for trade deal from Appalachian Outdoors. It has been my only pack ever since. I have used it on every trip from Malaysia to Maine. My friends gave me a hard time spending 300 bucks on a pack, but 20 years later, I still have it. I have always believed in buying something once, even if it is pricy. I still have my Wiggy's sleeping bag and WhisperLite Internationale stove I last used to make coffee and warm a baby bottle on… 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
$66 - $142
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$100 - $149
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
$120 - $129
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
REI Yosemite 75 Pack
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
High Sierra Long Trail 90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
Kelty Catalyst 80
$143 - $199
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157 MSRP
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $219
Kelty Coyote 75
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$200 - $219
Osprey Ace 75
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$180 - $224
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
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
VauDe Centauri 75+10 XL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
Kelty Catalyst 76
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Volt 75
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$220 - $224
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$230 - $239
Black Diamond Onyx 75
Millet Annapurna 75+15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85
$217 - $309
Boreas Gear Halo 75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mercury 75
$224 - $299
Mountainsmith Apex 80
Bergans Trollhetta 75L
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face Crestone 75
$229 MSRP
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
Black Diamond Mission 75
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$231 - $299
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$240 - $369
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