Expedition Packs

Recent Expedition Pack (70L+) Reviews

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

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 0.5 of 5 stars
Osprey Aether 70

Starts off with too much weight. If you aren’t backpacking then it would probably be a good pack to travel with. From my experience it is too heavy. 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

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 90
$111
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Kelty Coyote 80
$120 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110
$137
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
REI Traverse 85
$144
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75
$147 - $209
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400
$160 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85
$172 - $195
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70
$172 - $204
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Klamath 75
$175
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: 4 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering Cascade 5200
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 4500
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory Baltoro 75
$192 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Mars 80
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty Red Cloud 5000
$200 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Farpoint 70
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
GoLite Odyssey
$200 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Thunder 70
$209 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75
$220
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI Crestrail 70
$229 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face Crestone 75
$229 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Soar 5200
$230 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (51)
Osprey Aether 70
$232
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Aether AG 70
$232 - $310
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Osprey Aether 85
$247
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Gregory Deva 70
$247 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 85
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Deva 80
$262 - $349
The North Face El Lobo 75
$269 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Ariel 75
$279 MSRP
The North Face Zealot 70
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10
$310
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Jandd Barad
$290 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI XT 85 Pack
$299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Argon 70
$349 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Mile High Mountaineering Fifty-Two 80
$349 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Seek Outside Divide 4500
$359 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L WorkSack
$375 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru Tactical Platform Frame and Suspension
$376 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Osprey Argon 85
$379 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenon 85
$379 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85
$380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Xenith 88
$380
user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80
$399 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Altra 75
$399 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100
$400
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