Backpacks

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 of 5 (1)
Osprey Transporter 95 Pack Duffel
$160
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L W/NWD WorkSack Expedition
$1500 MSRP
Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Winter Pack / Avalanche Airbag
$1,300
Arc'teryx Voltair 20 Winter Pack / Avalanche Airbag
$1,250
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,150 - $1,249
Black Diamond Jetforce Tour 26 Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,200
Black Diamond JetForce Tour 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$960 - $1,199
Pieps Jetforce Tour Rider 24 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,030
Mammut Light Protection Airbag Avalanche Airbag Pack
$900 MSRP
Arva Airbag Reactor 40 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$750
Mammut Ride Protection Airbag 3.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$750
Deuter Ontop ABS 30 Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$599 - $718
Arva Airbag Reactor 32 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$700
Backcountry Access Float 42 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$700
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch NICE 6500 Expedition
$675 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Naos 85 Expedition
$650 MSRP
Arva Airbag Reactor 15 Ultralight Avalanche Airbag Pack
$650
Arva Airbag Reactor 24 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$650
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 Daypack
$219 - $639
Backcountry Access Float 27 Speed Avalanche Airbag Pack
$436 - $630
 
Deuter OnTop Tour ABS 38+ SL Avalanche Airbag Pack
$624
Deuter OnTop Tour ABS 40+ Avalanche Airbag Pack
$624
Deuter Ontop ABS 28 SL Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$359 - $610
Mammut Light Removable 3.0 Airbag Avalanche Airbag Pack
$580
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru KU 5200 Expedition
$560 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch G7000 Expedition
$550 MSRP
Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$550
Backcountry Access Float 32 2.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$550
Backcountry Access Float 27 Speed 2.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$550
Arc'teryx Bora AR 61 Weekend
$549
Arc'teryx Bora AR 63 Weekend
$549
 
Deuter OnTop Lite ABS 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$549
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super SARC Expedition
$539 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru KU3700 Weekend
$530 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mystery Ranch G6000 Expedition
$525 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema 2400 Ice Pack Overnight
$500
Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$500
Backcountry Access Float 17 Speed 2.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Bora AR 50 Weekend
$499
Arc'teryx Bora AR 49 Weekend
$499
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Arrakis 65 Weekend
$499 MSRP
Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$490
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane Expedition
$260 - $400
Exped ition 80 Expedition
$479
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mystery Ranch G5000 Expedition
$475 MSRP
Mystery Ranch Terraframe 80 Expedition
$450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100 Expedition
$292 - $450
Backcountry Access Float 12 2.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Arrakis 50 Weekend
$449 MSRP
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