Expedition Packs

Recent Expedition Pack (70L+) Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Kelty Coyote 80

A great backpack that is comfortable and roomy. Has multiple points of access and a good range of adjustment. I bought this backpack after a lot of research and hemming and hawing. I'd used the same Camp Trails external frame backpack since the early 1970s and loved it. But it's too small, the padding in the straps and belt dried up, waterproofing gone. I was able to get a set of replacement shoulder straps and hip belt (from Kelty) but it was only a matter of time before the zippers failed. When… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Tashev Mount 100+20 S+

This is a special version of the famed Bulgarian outdoor manufacturer’s expedition pack. It has a total carrying capacity of 120 liters. Well built of Cordura nylon and Teflon, it's a pack of high quality materials. Unknown in the States but it has gotten reviews in Europe where it's sold and YouTube. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gregory Baltoro 85

Excellent backpack, designed for long outings to the ground with heavy loads. Fully recommended for those who carry a lot of weight. After having tried two backpacks in the course of a year (Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre and Osprey Xenith 88) I had the pleasure of buying this backpack in a settlement of Campmor at a price of $200 U$D. After having tried it for about a year, I am very happy with the results it has given me, since the waist adapts perfectly to my anatomy and allows me to walk comfortably… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Tashev Kentaurus 80+15

Good quality, pretty light. But some strange quirks. To be clear: this is about the pre-2019 pack. The picture here is the 2019 version. It is made in Bulgaria and currently costs 112 euros. The 2019 version differences as far I can see: 200 grams lighter, has two axe loops instead of one, two extra eyes on front, a different setup of the side compression straps, and a different way of tucking away the front compression straps. This is a multipart review. First, I will discuss the pack as is. But… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
U.S. Military ILBE Pack

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Mountainsmith Circuit 5400

I’ve been using the Circuit 5400 for two years now in all four seasons. It is reliable, comfortable, and has a couple of unique features that I have grown to love. Fit: The pack fits as I would expect a pack to fit. The straps allow the user to adjust hip, shoulders, and torso like most standard packs. The weight can be distributed quite evenly. I’m not sure if the circuit is unisex or not. It is not labeled as such, but my daughter has used it on several overnight hikes and did not have any… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Osprey Aether 85

When it comes to packs, you want something comfortable. It needs to be well made, rugged, and have useful features. I’ve owned the Osprey Aether 85 for some time now and wouldn’t change it for anything else. Intro: When it comes to packs, you want something comfortable. It needs to be well made, rugged, and have useful features. I’ve owned the Osprey Aether 85 for some time now and wouldn’t change it for anything else. Here is my break down review of the pack: Comfort: -       I find… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

No home run... …but it could have been.  After receiving my new NTA 85 size Short today I was at first impressed with seeing its well done aspects, so after checking the torso adjustment recommended and finding it on the 16" setting (which is my measurement), I loaded it with 30 lbs to check the feel. That's when my disappointment set in. Several huge design flaws became very evident and makes this a pack that just doesn't work for anyone, PERIOD. I know this is going to hurt sales of this pack,… Full review

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

By far the best pack at even double its price. It's an Arc'teryx Bora in disguise and Cadillac in comfort. This mama will carry a HEAVY load in comfort and last for lifetimes; that's plural. I bought the first one three years ago in "very good condition" from ammocanman on eBay for $135 shipped and liked it so much that when I recently saw a new one from a smaller vendor on eBay for $100 I jumped on it and gave the first to my 36-year-old son. FYI; they cost the military $700+ per unit. What a bargain… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$262 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
$380
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
$280 - $400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100
$400 - $450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$330
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Gregory Denali Pro 105
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mystery Ranch G6000
$525 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: 5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super Critical Mass II
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mystery Ranch G5000
$475 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McHale Super SARC
$539 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ASSO Model 100
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Serratus Alpine Guide 77
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch G7000
$550 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru Tactical Platform Frame and Suspension
$376 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jandd Goliath Expedition Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru KU 5200
$560 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jack Wolfskin Momentum III
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ASSO Model 85
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Badlands 4500
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
High Peak Kathmandu 70 + 10
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Alpinelite 85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tashev Mount 100+20 S+
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bach Fat Maxx
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McHale Critical Mass SARC Alpine II Bayonet
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Macpac Glissade Classic
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McHale Inex Alpineer Bayonet
user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80
$399 MSRP
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Dana Design Terraplane
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Gregory Forester
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Bora 95
$435 MSRP
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Macpac Cascade
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Dana Design Glacier
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Dana Design Astralplane Overkill
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Osprey Silhouette
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Osprey Crescent 85
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Osprey Aether 75
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Snow Leopard II Pack
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcLight Glacier
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Alpine
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Gregory Massif
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Terraplane
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
JanSport Alaska 115
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Dana Design ArcLight Swiftcurrent
discontinued
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