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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: 5 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Quest Nautica 30L Dry Bag
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Everest Hiking Pack Overnight
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
London Bridge Light Infantry Patrol Pack Weekend
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Manasalu Adventure 50+5 Weekend
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MFH German Winter Tarn Rucksack Winter Pack
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Modern Warrior 18.5" Tactical Military Style Backpack Overnight
$35 MSRP
OneCoolBackpack EcoPack-1 External Frame
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
RE Factor Tactical Advanced Special Operations (ASO) Bag
$200 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The Big Heavy External Frame
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Travelon Clear View Waterproof Pouch Waterproof Soft Case
$13 MSRP
 
180 Tack HydraQuiver Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
3F Gear 40L + 16 Backpack Weekend
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
3F Gear 56L Backpack Weekend
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
3V Gear Outlaw Gear Slinger Daypack
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
5.11 Tactical All Hazards Prime Daypack
$200 MSRP
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Aarn Effortless Rhythm Weekend
$275 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aarn Guiding Light 60L Weekend
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aarn Marathon Magic 20L Daypack
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Aarn Sport Balance Pockets Front Pack
$60 MSRP
ABS Powder Base Unit Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder Zip-On 5 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario 30 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario 40 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Base Unit Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Silver Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Ultralight 18 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Zip-On Vario 8 Ultralight Avalanche Airbag Pack
Adidas Alliance II Sackpack Daypack
$10
Advanced Base Camp Black Box Rope Bag Rope Bag
$10
Advanced Elements CargoPak Dry Bag
$70 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Driven WolfPack 75L Expedition
discontinued
Aire Frodo Bag Dry Bag
$169 - $199
Aire Waterproof Kayak Cargo Hold Dry Bag
Alchemy Equipment 20L Roll Top Daypack Daypack
Alchemy Equipment 20L Softshell Daypack Daypack
Alchemy Equipment 25L Softshell Daypack Daypack
Alchemy Equipment 30L Zip Access Daypack Daypack
Alchemy Equipment 35L Top Load Daypack Overnight
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Alpina R114 Expedition
discontinued
Alpine Luddites New Day Rising Overnight
$325 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Amphibious Dry Sack Dry Bag
 
ALPS Mountaineering Arvada Pack Daypack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Big Bear Lumbar/Hip Pack
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Bryce External Frame
$149 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500 Expedition
$60 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 4200 Weekend
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200 Expedition
$190 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Commander External Frame
$130 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Compression Stuff Sack Compression Sack
$13 - $27
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Cyclone Stuff Sacks Compression Sack
$14 - $27
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