Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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JanSport
Black Diamond
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Price

less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

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

Osprey Aether 85

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

rated 0.5 of 5 stars 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

U.S. Military ILBE Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Farewell, Granite Gear. You won't be missed nor will the turds you call packs. They're by far the worst. As soon as I received the Nimbus Trace Access 85 Short I checked the torso adjust and it came at 16", which is my size. Loaded 30+ pounds correctly and cinched the side compression straps to stabilize the light load close to my back. Long story short; after several hours on, off, adjust, on and walking around the house it was impossible to keep; as it's the most dysfunctional backpack I've ever… Full review

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

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

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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
High Sierra Appalachian 75
$95
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$96 - $119
Granite Gear Traditional #4
$157
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$160 - $218
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$162 - $249
Kelty Coyote 75
$166 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Coyote 80
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Klamath 75
$175
Black Diamond Mission 75
$180 - $239
Osprey Ace 75
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
$180 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Teton Sports Outfitter 4600
$180 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$185 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 75
$189 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
$190 MSRP
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 Ki
$198 - $221
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$220
Kelty Red Cloud 80
$220
The North Face Fovero 85
$200 - $305
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$200 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$200 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
GoLite Odyssey
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$230
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Deuter ACT Lite 70 + 10 SL
$229
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face Crestone 75
$229 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
discontinued
Osprey Aether AG 85
$248 - $330
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250
Osprey Ariel AG 75
$264 - $330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
$270 - $380
Mountain Hardwear BMG 105
$270 - $360
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
Gregory Denali 75
$270 - $359
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$279 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
$280 - $400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Waypoint 80
$280
Gregory Baltoro 95
$285
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100
$287 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85
$289
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Osprey Aether 85
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ
$290 - $336
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Jandd Barad
$290 MSRP
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