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

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Mountainsmith Descent Small added Jan 17, 2019
$100
Mystery Ranch Sphinx 70 added Jan 17, 2019
$181
Mystery Ranch Sphinx 60 added Jan 17, 2019
$181 - $269
Mountainsmith Lookout 25 added Jan 17, 2019
$70
Mountainsmith Lookout 80 added Jan 17, 2019
$130
 
Mountainsmith Tanuck 40 added Jan 17, 2019
$230
Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel 40L added Jan 17, 2019
$130
Mountain Hardwear Multi-Pitch 16 added Jan 17, 2019
$59
Mystery Ranch Mission Duffel 55L added Jan 17, 2019
$165
Mystery Ranch Dry Cell 10L added Jan 17, 2019
$25 - $39
Mountainsmith Haulin' Padded Shoulder Strap added Jan 17, 2019
$12
Black Diamond Jetforce Tour 26 Airbag Pack added Jan 16, 2019
$1,200
Kahtoola NANOspikes Tote Sack added Jan 16, 2019
$8
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 18 added Jan 10, 2019
$125
CamelBak Powderhound 12 added Jan 10, 2019
$70
Fjallraven Abisko Friluft 35 added Jan 10, 2019
$108 - $180
EMS Boda 60 Conversion Pack added Jan 10, 2019
$99
Deuter Trail Pro 30 SL added Jan 10, 2019
$155
CamelBak Ultra Belt added Jan 10, 2019
$37
EMS Sector 25 added Jan 10, 2019
$67
Mystery Ranch Snowboard Attach added Jan 10, 2019
$28
Cotopaxi Mariveles 32L Duffel Bag Del Dia added Jan 10, 2019
$35
CamelBak Chase Bike Vest added Jan 10, 2019
$100
Backcountry Access Float 12 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
$450
Black Diamond Distance 15 added Jan 10, 2019
$150
Salomon Agile 6 Set added Jan 10, 2019
$100
The North Face Instigator 32 added Jan 10, 2019
$109
Osprey Mira 32 added Jan 10, 2019
$180
EMS Sector 45 added Jan 10, 2019
$104
Kelty Sira 45 added Jan 10, 2019
$152
CamelBak WaterMaster added Jan 10, 2019
$35 - $56
Arc'teryx Alpha AR 35 added Jan 10, 2019
$219
Kelty Outfitter 80 added Jan 10, 2019
$160
REI Workload Max added Jan 10, 2019
$119
CamelBak Nano Vest added Jan 10, 2019
$60 - $100
Deuter Trail 28 SL added Jan 10, 2019
$135
Backcountry Access Float 17 Speed 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
$500
Kelty Journey Sunshade added Jan 10, 2019
$35
 
ULA Equipment Camino 2 added Jan 10, 2019
$250
CamelBak Urban Assault added Jan 10, 2019
$131
EMS Ausable added Jan 10, 2019
$72
Mountainsmith Sidekick Small added Jan 10, 2019
$20
CamelBak DayStar 16 added Jan 10, 2019
$55 - $85
Fjallraven Greenland Top Large added Jan 10, 2019
$150
EMS Rockland Roll-Top Pack added Jan 10, 2019
$49
 
CamelBak Octane 16X added Jan 10, 2019
$81
Black Diamond Distance 8 added Jan 10, 2019
$140
CamelBak MilTac HydroBak added Jan 10, 2019
$38
Mountainsmith Trippin Fanny Pack added Jan 10, 2019
$20 - $24
Salomon Adv Skin 8 Set added Jan 10, 2019
$145
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