Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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Mountainsmith
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Kelty
Eagle Creek
REI
Osprey
Black Diamond
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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

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

CiloGear 75L W/NWD WorkSack

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Horrible, painful, uncomfortable, miserable! I have tested expensive bag 75L W/NWD bag $1500 in the Himalayas on an expedition to Ama Dablam for 1 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 shoulder, causing intense pain 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 covered more than 80 miles with this backpack,… Full review

JanSport Alaska 115

rated 5 of 5 stars Great heavy duty pack. Perfect for heavy loads/hunting big game. It fits more weight than you can carry. I love this pack. I have about a thousand miles on it. It fits elk quarters perfectly, and I would buy another in a heartbeat if I could find one, as it is starting to show wear. The buckle finally broke with a 200+ pound load of meat last season, and the waterproofing is all but gone on the inside. This is a TOUGH pack. Zippers still going strong. I acquired it at a garage sale about 15 years… Full review

Osprey Volt 75

rated 4 of 5 stars Good pack for 2-5 day trips, good storage, good construction. Fit: Easy to adjust to my body type. I'm "that athletic guy", 5'10" 165 lbs. Comfort: When the pack is fitted properly it helps me stand with pretty good posture (although leaning forward a little), and that helps out a lot for longer trips because my back feels fine. The hip belt is OK and does wrap around my hips, but after a while doesn't feel that great. Because I have a fairly trim figure I don't have a lot of cushion on my hips,… Full review

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

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Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$80 - $203
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$90 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
$91
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
High Sierra Long Trail 90
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$125 - $229
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90
$130 - $219
Eagle Creek Deviate 85L Travel Backpack
$139 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85
$139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$140 - $237
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Ki
$150
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$158
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
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
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
$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
Osprey Ace 75
$180
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 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$220
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
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$225
The North Face Fovero 85
$225 - $305
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 - $330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$240 - $329
Thule Guidepost 75L
$243 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
Lowe Alpine Zephyr 65:75
$255
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85
$330
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Jandd Barad
$290 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI XT 85 Pack
$299 MSRP
REI XT 75 Pack
$299 MSRP
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