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Recent Internal Frame Backpack Reviews

ULA Equipment Ohm 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, yet plenty of room for gear. Designed for comfort and durability. Unusual and useful ability to carry water bottles on shoulder straps. Exceptional hipbelt support and comfort. The ULA Ohm 2.0 is a smaller pack in the ULA line, yet has the hipbelt of some of the larger models allowing it to carry substantial weights.  The ULA hipbelts are top-of-the-line for comfort given their light weight. The Ohm 2.0 has provided plenty of space for 4-day backpacks for me with room to spare.  Its… 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

Osprey Atmos 65 AG

rated 3 of 5 stars The revised Osprey Atmos AG 65 is a well-made pack that fixes many of the problems with previous models; however, the new edition of the pack is much heavier than earlier models. If the increased weight does not concern you then you will like the changes. All in all this is a robust pack that may no longer fit the needs of lightweight backpackers. I tried a size large pack; I weighed it at the local REI, and it weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces. Last year's model weighed 3 pounds 12 ounces on the same scale… Full review

Dana Design Astralplane Overkill

rated 5 of 5 stars The Dana Astralplane Overkill is the most durable, comfortable, indestructible load-hauler ever created. Best loadhauler ever made. Indestructible. Bought mine in early '90's and have hiked with it on at least 50 trips and it looks almost brand new. Mine is the Astralplane Overkill, so it is pretty heavy, but I've packed 80 lbs in it and it still fits like a hug.   If you can find one on ebay, buy it — they are legendary. The guy who made them now builds for Mystery Ranch and his new version… Full review

GoLite Men's Jam2

rated 5 of 5 stars Back in May of 2010 was looking for a daypack and the clerk at the store told me about this pack. At the time this was a leftover from 2008 -2009. Didn't hesitate to grab this as I know a lot of people who have this brand of pack and of course the price! Pack was a Large version. The pack serves double duty as it's my padding with my 3/4 self-inflating sleeping pad, which is also part of the pack's frame! Fits great and works with all my lightweight gear as my Base is at 7 lb. Max load is… Full review

ZPacks Arc Blast

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great UL pack that is smartly designed, comfortable within its load limits, customizable, and about as light as you will find in a framed midsized backpack. Cuben and carbon fiber construction keep the weight at around one pound. This is a review of the Zpacks Arc Blast backpack. I purchased one in late Spring 2014 and have had the opportunity to put a couple hundred miles on it by now. I am not associated with Zpacks in any way. This is probably the lightest framed mid-size backpack on… Full review

Gregory Triconi 60

rated 5 of 5 stars Best pack I have ever owned. Very well made, with many good features. Very comfortable. Easy to adjust. The zip out front facing water bottle pocket a plus. Plastic zipper attachments also very nice. Just a real good pack.  Full review

Osprey Volt 60

rated 5 of 5 stars Very versatile pack, excellent adjustable fit, nice mix of useful features, and light. I got this pack as a replacement for an Osprey Aether 60 that after many years of reliable use, finally succumbed during a night where busy large rodents sought salt and something to do at a camp up high last fall. Nary a strap was untouched, some severely, but I was able to complete the trip with shoulder straps hanging by threads, literally. The Volt is less expensive, notably lighter, and even more adjustable… Full review

Top-Rated Internal Frame Backpacks

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Arc'teryx Kata 37 Overnight Pack
$3 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Weekend Pack
Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Ki Weekend Pack
DaKine Campus Pack Overnight Pack
$22 - $54
Oakley Factory Pilot XL Backpack Overnight Pack
Wenzel Lake Crescent Overnight Pack
JanSport Katahdin 40L Overnight Pack
$40 - $79
High Sierra Tactic Overnight Pack
JanSport Air Cure Overnight Pack
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Redwing 40 Overnight Pack
$45 - $119
CAMP Rox Overnight Pack
$45 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75 Expedition Pack
$45 - $310
DaKine Interval Overnight Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Osprey Ariel 65 Weekend Pack
$49 - $290
JanSport Unhinged Overnight Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
L.L.Bean Classic Continental Rucksack Overnight Pack
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Boost Overnight Pack
$50 - $74
JanSport Katahdin 50L Weekend Pack
$50 - $100
Sierra Designs Ministry 40 Overnight Pack
$56 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
High Sierra Access Overnight Pack
JanSport Agave Overnight Pack
$58 - $65
JanSport Katahdin 60L Weekend Pack
$60 - $77
Marmot Centaur 38 Overnight Pack
$64 - $129
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
JanSport Odyssey Overnight Pack
$65 - $99
Eureka! Sawtooth 45L Pack Overnight Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research DryComp Summit Sack Overnight Pack
REI Passage 40 Overnight Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Transporter 90
$69 MSRP
Osprey Transporter 46 Overnight Pack
$69 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Hot Shot Overnight Pack
$69 - $99
Oakley Works 35L Backpack Overnight Pack
Osprey Transporter 40 Overnight Pack
JanSport Tulare Overnight Pack
$72 - $80
Lowe Alpine Cloud Peak ND35 Overnight Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
The North Face Surge Overnight Pack
JanSport Equinox 50 Weekend Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Mountainsmith Maverick Weekend Pack
ALPS Mountaineering Solitude Overnight Pack
Osprey Transporter 60 Weekend Pack
$79 MSRP
Mountainsmith Approach 50 Weekend Pack
Mammut Creon Element 35 Overnight Pack
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
TrailFlex TF500 Harness System
$80 MSRP
Kelty Cache Hauler (Bag Only) Weekend Pack
$80 - $109
L.L.Bean Continental Rucksack Overnight Pack
$80 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Revival 65 Weekend Pack
$80 - $165
JanSport Klamath 65 Weekend Pack
$80 - $164
Salomon Synapse Flow 45 AW Overnight Pack
Gregory Fury 40 Pack Overnight Pack
$80 - $118
DaKine DLX Cargo Pack 55L Weekend Pack
JanSport Klamath 55R Weekend Pack
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