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Expedition Packs

The best expedition packs (70l+), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 20, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$350 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$310
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Fjallraven Kajka 75
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$245 - $359
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Xenith 88
$380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
$320 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100
$475 - $498
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Aether AG 70
$233
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
U.S. Military ILBE Pack
$405
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Aether Plus 85
$425 - $440
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Farpoint 70
$200 - $230
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Gregory Deva 70
$245 - $359
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100
$400 - $439
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Osprey Aether Plus 100
$410 - $450
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Gregory Denali Pro 105
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Catalyst
$280 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Jandd Barad
$290 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
McHale Inex
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
McHale Inex Alpineer
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Gregory Palisade 80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Gregory Whitney 95
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super Critical Mass II
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Argon 70
$349 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super SARC
$539 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Osprey Argon 85
$379 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Macpac Torre 80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$210 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI Crestrail 70
$229 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Argon 110
$419 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
JanSport Big Bear 82
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
U.S. Military CFP 90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
REI Traverse 85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
$180 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super Inex Alpineer
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super Inex
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Naos 85
$650 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Deuter ACT Lite 75+10
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bergans Rondane 85L
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru Tactical Platform Frame and Suspension
$376 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru KU 5200
$560 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Momentum III
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Recent Expedition Pack (70L+) Reviews

rated 3 of 5 stars
BlackWolf Maikoh 70

A tremendous pack in terms of build and reliability, however, for someone like me that is quite boney and lacking hips and a decent backside, it is incredibly uncomfortable for extended hikes; anything beyond three hours is a problem for me. I have had three other BW packs and they were sublime in terms of comfort and I regularly hiked for 10-12 hours at a stretch with each of them. When I initially tried the Maikoh 70 I admit to having a few reservations about how the shoulder straps and hip belt… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
BlackWolf Maikoh 70

Very comfortable pack with plenty of pockets to keep your goods nicely stowed. Ideal for a weekender or multiday hike Bought this pack when I decided to move into the long distance hiking game and it is proving to be a great decision. The Black Wolf Maikoh 70 is a very comfortable pack with plenty of storage options to keep your gear nicely stowed, ideal if you’re anything like me and hate bits and pieces dangling off your bag. The main storage area has three entry points—top, middle and bottom—with… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Osprey Aether Plus 100

Mediocre build quality. Mediocre to good carrying comfort. I did a 133 km in mountain ranges in Norway with this back, carrying  24 kg with the backpack. Never again. This is not a backpack for carrying more then 17-18 kg. If you carry more, the carrying comfort is very questionable. When I lift the bag it makes sounds as if it is going to break, split, or tear.  I don't understand where the good reviews come from. This is one of the worst backpacks I have had until now. But I am spoiled. I use… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
U.S. Military ILBE Pack

Unwieldy, complicated, and awkward. I got one of these when they first came out in the fleet and used it for about two years in the field. Everybody was excited to replace the MOLLE pack, which constantly broke. I remember looking at this thing in both awe, wonder and disbelief when they handed it to me. It just looked awkward. All I ever heard was how it was designed by some fancy mountain pack company to be ergonomic etc. Maybe it's just me, but after using it in the field I thought this was one… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Osprey Aether Plus 85

For a large pack, it carries well, has lots of functional details, and a modest weight. After several decades of use on many backpack and climbing trips, it was time to replace my reliable and old-school Dana Terraplane pack. I sought something similar in size (~5000 cubic inches), lighter in weight, durable, and with contemporary features (e.g., pocket for water reservoir, hipbelt pockets, removable daypack). I have smaller and lighter packs for shorter trips in reliably good weather (summer). Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Xenith 88

It is an expedition pack which I have used for 2-3 week length treks. It functions well. The hip pads are great and provide more load-bearing support than any other pack I have owned. In all, it is a durable pack and my go-to for long journeys. I have owned this pack for 4 years. I have used it on 5 major treks in Asia and USA. The pack is still going strong. I am 6.0ft, 185 and it fits very well, no special adjustments were required and I did not have the hip pad molded. Carrying weight doesn't… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Osprey Xenith 88

If you have a strong back, strong legs, high stamina, and need to carry a lot of loads, this pack is the right one for you. I bought this pack new from Outlive, a company of Eiger Adventure Group which is an official distributor of Osprey (and also all other overseas brands). I thought I was crazy for carrying loads for the group, it totals 18KG. It was only a 2D1N trip. Within the first 4 hours hiking, I was feeling very miserable. Not because the pack, but because the load. I cannot carry this… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Seek Outside Divide 4500

If you're looking for a large volume pack that can handle heavier loads—this is it! I was looking for a pack for long trips (week+) and for winter camping where gear is bulky and sometimes heavy. I found several packs that had adequate volume (70+ liters), but not any that stood out as far as carrying heavier loads. A couple of my buddies use Seek Outside for big game hunting and suggested looking at their lineup. I settled on their Divide pack—it had the volume I was looking for, was relatively… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Aether AG 70

Very comfortable 73-liter backpack with advanced harness, which basically helps you carrying up to 50 lbs/25 kg with comfort. Lots of pockets, compartments, and external attachment points for better load distribution. It's made to last long. Background  I’m not an avid backpacker, I was never interested in multi-day trips on foot. Though a dozen times per year I do short backpacking trips, mostly in winter, with heavy load (up to 25 kg / 50 lbs). After a season of using Simond Alpinism 55+10… Full review