Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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

Arc'teryx Bora 80

rated 5 of 5 stars In this world of ultralight BPing gear is there still a place for this 7-lb beast? Answer, "Oh hell yeah!" I bought this pack when they were still made in Canada. It is not made of the lighter waterproof materials that I've read about in some reviews. So what? That's why they make dry bags and pack covers. The benefits of the older Bora 80s is they are virtually indestructible. Let me put it to you like this and I'll let you ponder the implications of having something that weighs a couple of pounds… Full review

Arc'teryx Bora 95

rated 5 of 5 stars Great large capacity pack that is excellent in cold wet/snowy weather. I've put this pack through some interesting situations. Once, I wanted to camp out on an island on a river so I threw the full pack on an inner tube and swam across the river to the island. Along the way the pack was about 1/4 submerged. When I unpacked, everything was dry.  Another time I brought the pack up a frozen river with a bunch of small, frozen-over cascades. On the way out, I rode the pack down the iced river on a… Full review

Lowe Alpine Morning Star 75L+

rated 4 of 5 stars Large single compartment, no frills, no extras, water resistant pack. Does the job well but offers little in access points. Fit: Fits well and fits a variety of sizes. I've lent the pack to others over the past several years and everyone has said that it was a good ride. Comfort: I find the pack is very comfortable. The hip and shoulder straps don't look like much but they have a pretty firm closed cell foam core that works pretty well.  Capacity: This pack holds a surprising amount. It expands… Full review

Osprey Crescent 85

rated 5 of 5 stars Great pack for extended trips. Places majority of weight on the hips. Very comfortable and very durable. It is my current go to pack. Fit: Form fitted foam for the hips. Shoulder straps are very comfortable. I bought the pack used and did not get it re-fitted but the pack is still fantastic. I think the pack distributes a bit too much to the hips and my hips were sore for the first two days of a week-long trip. If I get the hips re-molded, I think it will solve the problem.  Comfort: Minus the… Full review

Gregory Palisade 80

rated 4 of 5 stars Finally used this for something beyond car camping. Went on a 4-day backpacking trip with son and a few others from his Boy Scout Troop. Pack was comfortable and a bottomless pit. Four-day backpacking trip with son's Boy Scout Troop and the Gregory Palisade 80 took everything I had ... even when I fell on it. It carried my gear and a good bit of the Troop gear with room to spare. The articulating hip belt made the pack feel like it wasn't even there at times even though it weighed in well over 45… Full review

The North Face Renegade

rated 5 of 5 stars I really really love this pack!!! Bought it in the mid '90s and I still have it and use it.  Has traveled with me through Europe, Middle East, and exploring the Annapurna Range in Nepal's Himalayas — has never let me down yet.  Now using it hiking, camping, backpacking with my sons and with their scout troop. It outperforms many of the new packs being used.  Have looked at other packs but none match up to this one. Its like your first love or car, you love them forever!!! Full review

Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great pack!!!!! I bought this pack used but in great condition about 6 years ago. It has been virtually indestructible. I have been on at least 70 overnighters and weekend trips with it and it is still going strong. I love all of the outside pockets and it has enough room to go on long hauls. It has not had a tear once and I have gone under and through some fairly thick stuff. The only thing I didn't like about this pack was there is no padding above the waistbelt. During the summer this was actually… Full review

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

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 Quadrant 4900 Backpack
$88
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail
$110
 
Osprey Transporter 130
$115
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$130
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
$136
REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Kelty Coyote 80
$140 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Volt 75
$150 - $200
ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba 4500
$150 MSRP
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $219
Kelty Coyote 75
$189 - $209
 
REI Yosemite 75 Pack
$179
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$180 - $224
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Teton Sports Outfitter 4600
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 75
$210
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
$190 MSRP
VauDe Centauri 75+10 XL
$198
Kelty Ascender Trunk Backpack
$199 - $348
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
Kelty Catalyst 80
$200
Kelty Catalyst 76
$200
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$200 - $349
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 (3)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Gregory Palisade 80
$215 - $298
Eagle Creek Deviate 85L Travel Backpack
$220 - $275
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Red Cloud
$225 - $239
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
$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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$231 - $289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Osprey Aether 85
$232 - $309
Gregory Deva 85
$250 - $321
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
Lowe Alpine Zephyr 65:75 Backpack
$255
Mammut Heron Pro 85+15
$255 - $259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Gregory Whitney 95
$260 - $329
Gregory Petit Dru Pro 85
$264 - $528
Gregory Denali 75
$269 - $359
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