Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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

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

Kelty Red Cloud 5400

rated 5 of 5 stars I've packed with the 5400 for the last 12 years. I carry from 60 to 75 lbs. It finally wore out. I'm old enough to get one a little smaller so I can't carry so much. Fit: Adjustable, so as I got older, I could adjust for comfort. Capacity: Too much, I carried maximum 75 lbs. This pack is the work horse of backpacks. Full review

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90+15 reviewed Feb 1, 2017
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100 reviewed Jan 31, 2017
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100 reviewed Dec 8, 2016
$150 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10 reviewed Dec 1, 2016
$231 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory UM21 Backpack reviewed Nov 29, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
ULA Equipment Catalyst reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$250
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Terraplane reviewed Oct 4, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400 reviewed Oct 2, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
$200 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xenith 105 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$164 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85 reviewed Jul 30, 2016
$279
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Jack Wolfskin Trail Head II reviewed Jul 26, 2016
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Kodiak reviewed Jul 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 85 reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$251 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900 reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$142
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Snow Leopard Pack reviewed Jun 16, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900 reviewed Jun 15, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 110 reviewed Jun 11, 2016
$230 - $239
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85 reviewed Jun 3, 2016
$360
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
REI New Star reviewed May 15, 2016
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Mountainsmith Frostfire III reviewed Apr 20, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75 reviewed Feb 18, 2016
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Big Bear 78 reviewed Feb 13, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80 reviewed Feb 12, 2016
$399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10 reviewed Jan 15, 2016
$229
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Dana Design Stillwater reviewed Jan 9, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Tika Cardrona reviewed Dec 20, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch NICE 6500 reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$675 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Naos 85 reviewed Dec 6, 2015
$650 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75 reviewed Dec 4, 2015
$240 - $319
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (14)
Gregory Forester reviewed Oct 29, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru Tactical Platform Frame and Suspension reviewed Oct 22, 2015
$376 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
The North Face Renegade reviewed Sep 22, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Osprey Aether 85 reviewed Aug 24, 2015
$217 - $309
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redclloud 90 reviewed Aug 15, 2015
$180 - $224
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88 reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$360
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Alpine reviewed Aug 10, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Dana Design Astralplane reviewed Aug 6, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Bora 95 reviewed Jul 23, 2015
$435 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountainsmith Circuit 3.0 reviewed Jul 6, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gregory Deva 85 reviewed Jun 13, 2015
$257
user rating: 5 of 5 (39)
Arc'teryx Bora 80 reviewed Apr 24, 2015
$399 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowe Alpine Morning Star 75L+ reviewed Apr 19, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Osprey Crescent 85 reviewed Apr 17, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Gregory Palisade 80 reviewed Apr 2, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Lowe Alpine Netherworld 90 reviewed Mar 28, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
REI Great Star reviewed Feb 17, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Dana Design Astralplane Overkill reviewed Feb 16, 2015
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