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 (3)
Rivendell Mountain Works Jensen reviewed Jan 16, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
ULA Equipment Circuit reviewed Jan 15, 2019
$225
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Cotopaxi Luzon 18 reviewed Jan 8, 2019
$40
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Kelty Super Tioga 4900 reviewed Jan 6, 2019
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Kamber 22 reviewed Dec 30, 2018
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Osprey Atmos AG 50 reviewed Dec 28, 2018
$115 - $240
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research HydroLite Pack Sacks reviewed Dec 27, 2018
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
U.S. Military ILBE Pack reviewed Dec 18, 2018
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Circuit 5400 reviewed Dec 16, 2018
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Salvo 24 reviewed Dec 10, 2018
$90 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods reviewed Dec 5, 2018
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
LuxuryLite StackPack reviewed Nov 30, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21 reviewed Nov 21, 2018
$104 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel reviewed Nov 18, 2018
$119 - $169
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
RōM Outdoors RōM Pack reviewed Nov 8, 2018
$119 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (8)
Hi-Tec Tioga 65 reviewed Nov 6, 2018
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Hipster reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$20 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (51)
Osprey Aether 70 reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$199 - $216
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Zpacks Arc Haul reviewed Oct 24, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Flux reviewed Oct 19, 2018
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Redwing reviewed Oct 2, 2018
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Barrel StormShield Universal Harness reviewed Sep 27, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Terra Cotta Canoe Barrel reviewed Sep 25, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Osprey Aether 85 reviewed Sep 15, 2018
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Transporter 95 reviewed Sep 10, 2018
$160
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Ruckpack 65 Travel Pack reviewed Sep 10, 2018
$94 - $189
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Freerain24 reviewed Aug 29, 2018
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jandd Large Mountain Pannier reviewed Aug 22, 2018
$265 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua Quest Trail Map Case reviewed Aug 19, 2018
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jandd Mountain Expedition Pannier reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$375 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Deuter Fox 30 reviewed Aug 18, 2018
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Arc'teryx Bora 65 reviewed Aug 15, 2018
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Klymit Motion 60 reviewed Aug 13, 2018
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Matador Daylite16 reviewed Aug 7, 2018
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Renogy Solar Backpack reviewed Aug 5, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 reviewed Jul 29, 2018
$148 - $198
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Camp Trails Explorer reviewed Jul 28, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ace 38 reviewed Jul 26, 2018
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Gregory Baltoro 65 reviewed Jul 24, 2018
$199 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Kelty Trekker 65 reviewed Jul 24, 2018
$150 - $189
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dana Design Yellowstone reviewed Jul 17, 2018
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Endo 15 reviewed Jul 12, 2018
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter Camera Case III reviewed Jul 12, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Sucia 28 reviewed Jul 9, 2018
$50 - $74
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Ortlieb Dry Bag PS10 reviewed Jul 8, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Revamp Gear Front Pack reviewed Jul 8, 2018
$68 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aquapac Small Stormproof Camera Pouch reviewed Jul 6, 2018
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
3F Gear 40L + 16 Backpack reviewed Jul 4, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Miwok 18 reviewed Jul 2, 2018
$60 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit TPU Guide Waterproof Case for Smartphones reviewed Jun 30, 2018
$30
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