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Expedition Packs

The best expedition packs (70l+), reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 11, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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Recent Expedition Pack (70L+) Reviews

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
REI Traverse 85

Beyond the actual pack, I’m reporting on a fabulous experience trying on packs at REI Store. With so many options and a family with different body types I’ve had two great experiences trying on and playing with packs in the store. I ended up with the Deuter. But, close second was the REI pack. I loved the zipper setup. Looked like I could get into pack even with gear and snowshoes lashed to pack. If my hips where bigger I would have grabbed this pack.  Full review