Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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$100 - $199.99
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$500 and above

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

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

Gregory Baltoro 85

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great pack, comfy, packs a ton and super durable. Have had mine for going on two years and I've abused it without running into any issues. It's also super easy to customize, gear stows are intuitive and extremely functional. I would recommend this pack for anyone who is OK with making the tradeoff of weight for utility. Only have two real gripes. First is the waterproof hip-pouch is not large enough to stash a GPS device (e.g. DeLorme) or a smartphone; and second is that the hanging mechanism for… Full review

Gregory Baltoro 85

rated 4.5 of 5 stars That great Gregory fit and quality. This is a freighter pack that fits like a glove. I typically carry 55- to 70-lb loads and I've tried a few other brands, but none match Gregory for comfort and stability with big loads. The padding is firm and doesn't bottom-out under big loads. The bag design and suspension combine to keep the load stable and close to my back. The waist belt anchors the load solidly to my hips without having to reef on it. The pockets and water bottle pouch are really well designed… Full review

CiloGear 75L WorkSack

rated 1.5 of 5 stars My experience with Cilo was about the same as the OP who made a review under the Cuben fiber model. I found many complaints and reviews online regarding Cilo's lack of responses. A few years ago when I purchased my pack they were very responsive to purchase and then unresponsive to my calls, emails, or FB posts seeking their directive, and when they did respond they wanted to argue or prove that they responded. My experience with Cilo was about the same as the OP who made a review under the Cuben… Full review

CiloGear 75L W/NWD WorkSack

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The most horrible backpack ever!! Hello, Cilogear team, I tested your most expensive bag in the Himalayas on an expedition to Ama dablam for one month. This bag is the most uncomfortable bag I have worn in my mountaineering career. I wonder if you have field tested it? The shoulder straps bit into my shoulders and caused the blood supply to stop to my hands. It's in fact a dangerous bag and can lead to accidents on the mountain. I am sending you the video soon. I spent lot of money on this and could… Full review

Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ

rated 4.5 of 5 stars What's not to like?! A reputable solar charger, conveniently built-in to the top lid of an already proven trail-worthy backpack! Separately, both Gregory and Goal Zero are reliable, durable, and functional. Together, they are a distance hiker's match made in heaven. No muss, no fuss...drop the pull-down lid of the neatly integrated Goal Zero and the solar panels convert the sun's rays to stored or usable energy. I already own and enjoy Gregory backpacks, so when I learned of the Baltoro GZ 75 collaborative...I… Full review

Arc'teryx Bora 80

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This pack is the best. I bought mine ten years ago and use it a lot and it has never let me down. Its one problem is that it isn't waterproof and doesn't come with a rain cover because it is supposed to be waterproof. In my opinion the pros of this pack outweigh this one issue. I've had this bag now for ten years. It's the best! I traveled for work in northern BC and Alberta for a few years using it as my main bag, hiked with it on multi-day jungle treks, day hikes in BC, had it strapped to the… 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
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$135 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$150 - $209
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $218
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$165
Kelty Coyote 75
$166 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$172 - $229
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
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$185
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
$191 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$193 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
Kelty Catalyst 80
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
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 (3)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$209 - $349
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$210
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$225
The North Face Fovero 85
$225 - $305
Gregory Baltoro 95
$227
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$232 - $309
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
$234 - $359
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
$234 - $360
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$238 - $280
Mountain Hardwear BMG 105
$250 - $360
Thule Guidepost 75L
$250 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
Lowe Alpine Zephyr 65:75
$255
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Gregory Whitney 95
$263
Gregory Petit Dru Pro 85
$264
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ
$269 - $449
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
Eagle Creek Deviate 85L Travel Backpack
$275
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