Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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

The North Face Renegade

rated 5 of 5 stars Hiked 88 miles at Philmont Scout Ranch with this pack in 2016. It is simply an awesome pack, tons of room, very flexible and received many comments from hikers that recognized my "vintage" pack. Going back to Philmont with my son in 2017 and taking the Renegade with me. Buy one if you can find one on the web. They are hard to find and sell very quickly on eBay and gear trade. One of the best packs that North Face has ever made. Awesome design, plenty of room, "vintage" looks, and very comfortable… Full review

Trigon Deva

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Carries nicely at 50 lbs, and good pockets with the sleeping bag compartment un-zipable to make a continuous space. Well padded harness and shoulder straps. I carried waders, boots, flys and a tent and big pot and stove—90 liters. Full review

Gregory Forester

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought in 2000. Still going strong. Bomb proof durability. One of the best packs I've ever even heard of. Old school Gregory. This thing is amazing. Has held up for working on 20 years now. What more can you ask? And I've had as much as 75+ lbs in it. Yes, the ride gets a little... eh, when she's loaded that heavy. But she was never designed for that, and still takes it like a champ. My go-to for the tough and long ones. Full review

The North Face Snow Leopard Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars The North Face Snow Leopard men's internal backpack I picked up in 1986 at EMS Sporting Goods in Pinkham Notch, Gorham, New Hampshire the day before I hiked the Tuckerman Trail. It was $460, and it was the best $460 I ever spent. The backpack is grade A+++++ Nothing less then awesome. It's now 31 years old and the straps are as strong as the first day I tightened them up in the store and in 31 years I have only had to replace two load buckles, the waist/hip buckle and one of the small buckles, and… Full review

JanSport Alaska

rated 4 of 5 stars Great BIG pack. I've had this pack for about twelve years, mostly for day hiking for exercise and camping. The straps feel great and the adjustments are very easy. The hip strap could be a little longer, definitely not for those of us with a bigger belly. If this pack doesn't have the capacity you need, get an RV. There is plenty of room for everything you need to take with you. I carry two tanks of fuel for my stove, a three-piece cook set, a bivy tent, sleeping bag, large tent pegs, water purifier,… Full review

Dana Design Astralplane Overkill

rated 5 of 5 stars Can haul heavy loads great, fits well and lots of adjustment, side and top access. I have had 130 pounds in mine, still looks new. Love this pack. I have a few others, but this is my go-to pack and it will haul heavy loads well. Had it on 5 trips in at 68 pounds and out at 110-130 pounds. Most packs don't hold up to this kind of use. Mine still looks brand new. Full review

REI New Star

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The performance of this pack has been unbelievable. Durable, comfortable, versatile...it was 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 2,000 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

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
$91
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
High Sierra Long Trail 90
$99
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$100
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
$120
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
$128
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
$136
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
$138
Kelty Catalyst 80
$143
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
$144
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $219
Kelty Coyote 75
$210
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$200 - $219
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$176 - $224
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$180 - $224
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)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$187 - $249
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
$198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
$200
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
GoLite Odyssey
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85
$201 - $262
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$203 - $276
 
Lowe Alpine Metanoia
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$230
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$210
 
Millet Annapurna 75+15
$210
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Boreas Gear Halo 75
$217
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$225
Bergans Trollhetta 75L
$227 - $244
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
Black Diamond Mission 75
$240
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$230 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$232 - $262
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Ki
$240
Thule Guidepost 75L
$243 - $349
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