Recent Backpack Reviews

Rivendell Mountain Works Jensen

rated 5 of 5 stars Great design and great construction. Got one of Eric Hardee's current-version Jensens about four years ago. Stupendous pack for backcountry hut touring on skis. The weight stays close to the back (have not experienced a better pack in that regard), and capacity is perfect for about four nights out with no tent and with a light sleeping bag. I do have the optional snap-on side pockets and wouldn't be able to make those trips work without them. Full review

Rivendell Mountain Works Jensen

rated 4 of 5 stars An aesthetically delightful and comfortable specialty pack for shorter trips in mild weather for the purists. Utterly miserable if pushed beyond its weight/capacity limits. Like the previous reviewer, I lusted after the Rivendell Jensen pack when I was a poor graduate student in the '70s. By the time I could afford that, it was long out of production. Fast forward 40 years, after a very long search I bought a 1970s Jensen pack on eBay. It is the original version with two zippers opening the top… Full review

ULA Equipment Circuit

rated 5 of 5 stars This pack works for everything. It is the most comfortable pack I have ever used. It has good pockets on the waist belt, good pockets for water bottle that can be reached with the pack on, and an outside pocket for food items and a jacket. I rarely have to open the pack to get what I want from it. I used to carry packs to haul equipment, external frames for long overnight trips, ski packs, day packs, and a hunting pack. Now I just use the Circuit for everything. They come in different torso lengths… Full review

Cotopaxi Luzon 18

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Minimalist, single compartment pack with features that promote function and comfort. Outer zipped pocket and internal hydration sleeve with a drawstring top. Makes a great day or summit pack, but enough room for UL overnights. Specs: Capacity: 18L Weight: 11.5oz/327g Bag Material: Ripstop nylon Fit, Comfort, & Ride: The Cotopaxi Luzon 18L is a small pack that rides well on the upper middle portion of my back. I have an oddly long 21" torso for a man of average height and I find the bottom of… Full review

Kelty Super Tioga 4900

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Ageless. I purchased this in 2002 from Sierra Trading Post and it has gotten moderate use for the last 16 years doing hikes in the area's National Forest. This has never let me down and is still in excellent condition. The only negative I have to say about this is that it is so huge that I would tend to overpack with too many unnecessary items. The frame is adjustable and I had it set to the shortest adjustment as possible and it fit my 5'7" frame just about perfectly. As I aged so did my spine… Full review

Osprey Kamber 22

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent winter pack for day trips, made with very useful and safety conscious features. I bought this for winter hiking and snowshoeing, particularly for carrying snowshoes when not being used. I found it very easy to load or unload the snowshoes without having to remove mitts. The strap system on the pack is just perfect for this, and tucks out of the way when not needed. The pack is made to be very water resistant and lives up to this. It's a panel design with one larger compartment with a divider… Full review

Osprey Atmos AG 50

rated 5 of 5 stars A great pack, with a perfect suspension. Carries weight with ease. Mesh back panel dumps heat in warm and hot conditions. A great weekend pack, perfect for three days, two nights. Lots of storage and ease of access. A main compartment, a sleeping bag compartment, and for on-the-go access, it has two lid, two hip belt, one large stash, and two water bottle pockets.  The only complaint with my older version is a lack of sleeping bag compartment straps; they were added on the newer model. Materials… Full review

Outdoor Research HydroLite Pack Sacks

rated 3 of 5 stars The Outdoor Research stuff sack is a compact and lightweight insurance bag against weather in moist or wet conditions. OR does a fine job of considering the finer details of functionality in this well rounded tote. The waterproofing tends to separate from the material especially at the seams. The Hydrolite pack sack is a water resistant bag as opposed to a waterproof bag. It is not meant to withstand full or partial water submersion like a dry bag. The bag does keep things dry if left out in the… Full review

U.S. Military ILBE Pack

rated 4 of 5 stars Comparison of the USMC ILBE vs Eberlestock v90 Battleship backpacks with the focus on winter camping usage. For Winter Camping and Expeditions you need a really HUGE backpack. I own both the Eberlestock v90 Battleship and a USMC ILBE pack. I shall compare and contrast these with emphasis on winter camping. Both packs have online reviews on military use, hunting, and expeditions. Both packs have good reviews on TRAILSPACE. Battleship frontBattleship side Battleship Camo The Eberlestock v90 Battleship… Full review

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize S-Biner Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Nylon Mesh Dunk Bag Stuff Sack
Nite Ize S-Biner Ahhh Accessory
Nite Ize S-Biner SlideLock Accessory
Coghlan's Ditty Bag Set Stuff Sack
Coghlan's Bottle Carrier Sling/Strap
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize S-Biner MicroLock Accessory
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Marsupial Ultralite Pouch Pack Pocket
Coghlan's Nylon/Mesh Stuff Bag Stuff Sack
Coghlan's Stuff Bag Stuff Sack
Equinox Bilby Mesh Stuff Bag Stuff Sack
$7 - $14
Granite Gear Portage Pack Liner Accessory
Seattle Sports Dry Doc Waterproof Soft Case
Equinox Bilby Nylon Stuff Bags Stuff Sack
$7 - $13
Coghlan's Three-Piece Mesh Ditty Bag Set Stuff Sack
CamelBak Rain Cover Pack Cover
$6 - $16
Coghlan's Nylon/Mesh Organizer Bags Stuff Sack
Witz Keep It Clear Case Waterproof Hard Case
$7 - $8
Sierra Designs Stuff Sack Stuff Sack
$7 - $9
Witz Keep It Safe Case Waterproof Hard Case
Witz See It Safe Case Waterproof Hard Case
Ultimate Direction Phone Pocket Pack Pocket
Eagle Creek Pack-It Sac Stuff Sack
Nite Ize CamJam XT - Aluminum Cord Tightener Accessory
$8 - $12
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Accessory Straps Sling/Strap
Witz Glitter Box II Waterproof Hard Case
Granite Gear Toughsack Stuff Sack
$8 - $19
Kahtoola NANOspikes Tote Sack Stuff Sack
Osprey Hydraulics Hose Magnet Kit Hydration Accessory / Accessory
Osprey Detachable Sternum Strap Magnet Kit Accessory
Osprey Sternum Three Magnet Kit Accessory
Equinox Bilby Ultralite Stuff Bag Stuff Sack
$8 - $16
CamelBak M.U.L.E. Raincover Pack Cover
SealLine See Pouch Waterproof Soft Case
$8 - $14
Sea to Summit Mesh Sack Stuff Sack
$8 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag Battery-Powered Lantern / Dry Bag
DaKine Gigi Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$9 - $15
Nite Ize CamJam Tie Down Strap Accessory
$9 - $15
Dry Pak Alligator Wallet Waterproof Soft Case
REI Stuff Sack Stuff Sack
Sea to Summit Alloy Buckle Sling/Strap
Granite Gear Air Bag Stuff Sack
$9 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks Dry Bag
$10 - $14
Advanced Base Camp Black Box Rope Bag Rope Bag
REI Mesh Stuff Sack Stuff Sack
Sea to Summit White Mesh Bag Stuff Sack
Black Diamond Ascent Crampon Bikini Pack Pocket
NRS Cylinder Dry Case Waterproof Soft Case
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Granite Gear Hiker Wallet Pack Pocket
$10 MSRP
Sierra Designs Mesh Storage Bag Stuff Sack
$10 - $12
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