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Recent Internal Frame Backpack Reviews

GoLite Jam 70L

rated 5 of 5 stars A very well designed, ultralight frameless pack at an affordable price. Since reducing my base load weight to under 20 pounds (including a 5 lb. CPAP), I decided to try an ultralight backpack. I have been using a Kelty Trekker 65 and a Yukon 48 for years, and never expected to find a lighter pack that was capable of handling my necessarily bulky load with the same amount of comfort. After taking the Jam 70 on an overnight hike, I was not disappointed in its simplicity, comfort, capacity, and compressibility. Full review

Klymit Motion 60

rated 3 of 5 stars The Motion 60 is a lightweight, large capacity backpack built around the Airbeam Framesheet, that Klymit has become famous for. Its best features are the cavernous hipbelt and water bottle pockets, the Airbeam technology and the layout of the pack. It is however, way oversized for an UL pack and suffers from excess in many areas. It would be best for someone needing a large sized pack without the need to haul big loads. Specs (from Klymit): Weight: 2.6 lbs/ 1.18 kg Volume: 55L +5L pocket Waist Size:… Full review

Gregory Z55

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used this pack for the last four years in the Southeast primarily. Great comfort, load carrying, and ventilation at a relatively low weight. This is my primary pack for weekend to week long trips. It has the capacity, if you have the right gear, for a winter week trip, at least here in the mid Atlantic and South. At just over 3 lbs, it is on the heavy side for a lightweight pack, but every time I consider going lighter or ultralight the comfort and back ventilation bring me back. I have lower… Full review

REI Mars 80

rated 5 of 5 stars You can disappear for seven days with this very comfortable pack without leaving any gear behind. Great Pack. I have used this on a 50-mile trip hiking the north loop in Glacier National Park and a 38-mile trip on the AT in North Carolina. I carried six days worth of food on both trips. I tend to bring  a lot of unnecessary gear, chairs, hammock, electronics, and a big first aid kit. The Glacier trip I carried 65 pounds without discomfort and had to scramble a couple of times. Pack feels like a… Full review

ROKK Flat Iron

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Not really that well made, blew out the zipper on the top cover pouch on day 1. Okay, we attached it with carabiners for the remainder of the trip. Not really comfortable for anything over 40 pounds, lightly built shoulder straps cut into you. Not intended for "big guys". Good weekend pack if you set up a base camp and don't have to carry this everywhere you go. Received this pack as a gift, Fit: Uncomfortable for a large shouldered guy. Capacity: Okay for a weekend trip, wouldn't put anything more… Full review

Kelty Unisex PK 50

rated 3 of 5 stars Innovative new design has promise, but needs refinement. I really wanted to like this back because of its innovative design, lack of any zippers, and organizational features. But unfortunately the uncomfortable suspension system kept me from doing so. I will start with the pack bag itself; it is a 50 liter which can be downsized to 35 liters by removing the exterior pocket. The outside pocket was one of the features I liked because it could hold all my clothing in the lower section and all of… Full review

Osprey Aether 70

rated 5 of 5 stars The most awesome pack I've ever owned. Ten plus in design, weight, and comfort. I've used this pack for weekend trips and week long trips. It is the most comfortable pack I have ever owned. My only disappointment is that I didn't purchase earlier! It fits extremely well and conforms to my body very well. It's very light. The Aether 70 is versatile in that it can be used for a weekend backpacking trip as well as a week long trip (though you need to pack well for a week long trip). There are plenty… Full review

Mountainsmith Lookout 50

rated 5 of 5 stars This isn't an ultralight pack by any means, but it's a great pack for weekend warriors or extended trip backpackers who want to go minimalist and leave the excess behind. It's a great compromise — not a monster pack, but capable of carrying heavy loads when you need it to (loaded with climbing gear, rope, etc) and capable of expanding to carry more if you overstuff the main bag. It's stable and durable. This pack lacks some of the flashy features offered by premium brands, but it really does offer… Full review

Gregory Z65

rated 5 of 5 stars Fit, comfort, and space make this my "Go To" pack. Here goes...I have owned this pack and used it well for the last 4-5 years. It has been on the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and various other regional trails from the East Coast to the Rockies. Without fail this has been the best pack I have ever owned. I went in to Campmor (Paramus, N.J.) to purchase the "sexier" Osprey Atmos 65. The salesman compelled me to load up and try on the Z65. I tried so hard not to like it but the comfort,… Full review

Top-Rated Internal Frame Backpacks

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Eberlestock G4 Operator
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Eberlestock G4 Operator
Expedition Pack
Aarn Effortless Rhythm
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Aarn
Effortless Rhythm
Weekend Pack
$275 MSRP
Aarn Featherlite Freedom
Aarn
Featherlite Freedom
Weekend Pack
$299
Aarn Guiding Light 60L
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aarn
Guiding Light 60L
Weekend Pack
$240
Aarn Load Limo 75+18L
Aarn
Load Limo 75+18L
Expedition Pack
$360
Aarn Marathon Magic 33L
Aarn
Marathon Magic 33L
Overnight Pack
$199
 
Aarn
Mountain Magic 44L
Overnight Pack
Aarn Mountain Magic 50L
Aarn
Mountain Magic 50L
Overnight Pack
$274
 
Aarn
Mountain Magic 55L
Weekend Pack
Aarn Natural Balance 65+18L
Aarn
Natural Balance 65+18L
Weekend Pack
$330
Aarn Natural Exhilaration 33L
Aarn
Natural Exhilaration 33L
Overnight Pack
$199
Aarn Peak Aspiration
Aarn
Peak Aspiration
Overnight Pack
$222
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Driven
WolfPack 75L
Expedition Pack
discontinued
Alite Big Oak Pack
Alite
Big Oak Pack
Overnight Pack
$115
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Alpina
R114
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
ALPS Mountaineering
Caldera 4500
Expedition Pack
$133
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
ALPS Mountaineering
Caldera 5500
Expedition Pack
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 4200
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering
Cascade 4200
Weekend Pack
$170 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering
Cascade 5200
Expedition Pack
$190 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Denali 4500
Expedition Pack
$190 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering
Denali 5500
Expedition Pack
$200 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Exploit 3900
ALPS Mountaineering
Exploit 3900
Weekend Pack
$112
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Glacier 3700
Weekend Pack
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Infinity 5500
ALPS Mountaineering
Infinity 5500
Expedition Pack
$140
ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba 3300
ALPS Mountaineering
Orizaba 3300
Weekend Pack
$130 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba 3900
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Orizaba 3900
Weekend Pack
$140 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Orizaba 4500
ALPS Mountaineering
Orizaba 4500
Expedition Pack
$150 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Red Tail
Expedition Pack
$180 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Sector 3600
ALPS Mountaineering
Sector 3600
Weekend Pack
$119
ALPS Mountaineering Sector 4200
ALPS Mountaineering
Sector 4200
Weekend Pack
$126
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Shasta 3600
Weekend Pack
ALPS Mountaineering Solitude
ALPS Mountaineering
Solitude
Overnight Pack
$78
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Trekker
Overnight Pack
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Wasatch 3300
ALPS Mountaineering
Wasatch 3300
Weekend Pack
$150
ALPS Mountaineering Wasatch 3900
ALPS Mountaineering
Wasatch 3900
Weekend Pack
$112
Arc'teryx Acrux 50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Acrux 50
Weekend Pack
discontinued
Arc'teryx Acrux 65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Acrux 65
Weekend Pack
discontinued
Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45 Pack
Arc'teryx
Alpha FL 45 Pack
Overnight Pack
$239
Arc'teryx Altra 33 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 33 LT
Overnight Pack
$174 - $249
Arc'teryx Altra 35 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 35 LT
Overnight Pack
$187 - $250
Arc'teryx Altra 48 LT
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Altra 48 LT
Overnight Pack
$215 - $289
Arc'teryx Altra 50 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 50 LT
Weekend Pack
$289
Arc'teryx Altra 62
Arc'teryx
Altra 62
Weekend Pack
$399 - $449
Arc'teryx Altra 62 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 62 LT
Weekend Pack
$450
Arc'teryx Altra 65
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx
Altra 65
Weekend Pack
$399 - $449
Arc'teryx Altra 65 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 65 LT
Weekend Pack
$450
Arc'teryx Altra 72 LT
Arc'teryx
Altra 72 LT
Weekend Pack
$479
Arc'teryx Altra 75
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx
Altra 75
Expedition Pack
$425 - $479
Arc'teryx Altra 85 AR
Arc'teryx
Altra 85 AR
Expedition Pack
$499
Arc'teryx Arrakis 40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx
Arrakis 40
Overnight Pack
$399 MSRP
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