Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
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$500 and above

Recent Expedition Pack (4,500+ cu in) Reviews

Dana Design Yellowstone

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent pack, simply designed and rugged in construction. It had one lifetime before reaching me and, despite my best efforts, is only now starting to show wear 30+ years after manufacture. Much like an old car—every part can be repaired, replaced, or modified as necessary. I obtained my Dana Design Yellowstone pack as a gift from a blind man who used it for close to two decades in his visually-gifted youth. It has served me well on over a dozen weekend to week-long trips across one decade. Full review

Gregory Shasta

rated 5 of 5 stars A super load hauler!! I have had my Gregory Shasta since the mid '90s. Yes, it is 6+lbs, but the load balancing system and the well padded hip belt make this an absolute go-to for heavy loads. As much as I would like to conserve weight, I would have to think twice before making the cuts in weight starting at this pack. I have carried well over 50 lbs with the pack and it moves and adjusts the load seamlessly as you take big steps up or down the mountain. Would I like to get into lighter backpacking? Full review

Arc'teryx Altra 75

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lived out of it for a year. Comfortable and extremely durable. Access is excellent. I lived out of this pack for a year in Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, and Indonesia.  In that time I did long distance hiking (carrying lots of food, water, tent gear) in the Drakensberg Range, the Lycian Way in Turkey, and simple backpacking around Bali and Morocco.  My wife had to get a new backpack after that trip.  I just looked at my Altra and it shows very little wear and is perfectly functional. Amazingly,… Full review

The North Face Snow Leopard Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars That is so funny. I have the same pack. I used it and my Gregory from the mid 1980s. I too loved the Snow Leopard. Mine was also bright blue with yellow straps. I dropped it off at the North Face shop today because the weatherproofing was flaking off on the inside of the pack. I am not sure what they will do. It is a strong comfortable pack with easy access to all parts.It has been all over the mountains of California and southern Arizona with a trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and Kenya. It never… Full review

Dana Design Terraplane

rated 5 of 5 stars I got my Terraplane in the mid '90s. The SEAL version not a make on it after many miles in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan. I have an 85lbs Siberian Husky that decided the right hip belt buckle and strap tasted good. Who knows where I can get it repaired? Great pack. I have had it for 23 years with no problems. Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 90

rated 4 of 5 stars A heavy hitter. This is my main pack for short or long trips into the wilderness and you will find this pack on my back up until this year. The weight is 5lbs, but was never a problem. Great for hunting, multi-day to multi-week long trips. Comfortable with plenty of detail. This was my fourth or so pack and I was very pleased with this pack. The weight is 5lbs, but was not felt when hiking around on the Appalachian Trail. This pack easily suits the needs of week or multi-week long trips. The pockets… Full review

JanSport Bhutan

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Versatile travel bag, simple minimalist design, okay for weekend backpacking trips, nice main pack/daypack combo. Took this bag with me on trips to Greece and Turkey and Tanzania, the Caribbean and Japan, as well as backpacking trips in Texas. A great travel bag, the ability to tuck the straps in and convert it to a suitcase configuration was nice for keeping the straps from getting caught on stuff when checking it on flights, and when checking into nicer hotels that don't cater to the backpacking… Full review

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite pack for heavy loads. I owned and enjoyed using a 2012 Baltoro 75 for four years before discovering the Nimbus Trace. The maple frame fits me better so I've used this pack since 2016. Carries heavy loads comfortably because frame fits my back perfectly! Definitely try it on for fit. Lots of straps to cinch down loads so nothing shifts. Cordura fabric holds up really well, virtually scratch/tear-proof. Lots of customizable options in shoulder strap and hip-belts sizes. I use large shoulder… Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 6650

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A comfortable pack that never seems to run out of space! I would recommend this pack (or one of its smaller sibling packs) for backpackers who prefer comfort over light weight (both in the pack itself and with the gear they take). The Kelty 6650 is a high-capacity loader and allows me to take anything and everything! I've been using it for more than 10 years now. While I don't generally have the opportunity to go on more than one backpacking trip per year, the trip is normally for 3-4 days, and… Full review

Top-Rated Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$299 - $300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
$270 - $380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$192 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$230
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$200 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
High Sierra Long Trail 90
$105
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
$320 - $400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$183 - $221
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100
$337 - $450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$187 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$166 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
$270 - $380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85
$289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Klamath 75
$173 - $175
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$164 - $218
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$224 - $280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ
$269 - $381
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xenith 105
$320 - $400
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$220
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100
$350 - $399
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$199
Fjallraven Kajka 100
$425
Fjallraven Abisko 75
$270
Black Diamond Mission 75
$167 - $239
Osprey Ariel AG 75
$330
Osprey Aether AG 85
$264 - $330
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$220
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$96
Gregory Denali 75
$288 - $359
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Fjallraven Kajka 85
$415
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Ki
$211
Thule Guidepost 75L
$245 - $349
Mountain Hardwear BMG 105
$360
Mountainsmith Apex 80
$225
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
$120
Exped ition 80
$599
The North Face Fovero 85
$279 - $305
Mystery Ranch Terraframe 80
$450
Gregory Baltoro 95
$220 - $284
Gregory Baltoro 95 Pro
$332 - $379
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80
$399 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Gregory Denali Pro 105
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