Expedition Packs (4,500+ cu in)

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Badlands
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less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
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$500 and above

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

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

Kelty Red Cloud 90

rated 4 of 5 stars A heavy hitter. This is my main pack for short or long trips into the wilderness and you will find this pack on my back up until this year. The weight is 5lbs, but was never a problem. Great for hunting, multi-day to multi-week long trips. Comfortable with plenty of detail. This was my fourth or so pack and I was very pleased with this pack. The weight is 5lbs, but was not felt when hiking around on the Appalachian Trail. This pack easily suits the needs of week or multi-week long trips. The pockets… Full review

JanSport Bhutan

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Versatile travel bag, simple minimalist design, okay for weekend backpacking trips, nice main pack/daypack combo. Took this bag with me on trips to Greece and Turkey and Tanzania, the Caribbean and Japan, as well as backpacking trips in Texas. A great travel bag, the ability to tuck the straps in and convert it to a suitcase configuration was nice for keeping the straps from getting caught on stuff when checking it on flights, and when checking into nicer hotels that don't cater to the backpacking… Full review

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite pack for heavy loads. I owned and enjoyed using a 2012 Baltoro 75 for four years before discovering the Nimbus Trace. The maple frame fits me better so I've used this pack since 2016. Carries heavy loads comfortably because frame fits my back perfectly! Definitely try it on for fit. Lots of straps to cinch down loads so nothing shifts. Cordura fabric holds up really well, virtually scratch/tear-proof. Lots of customizable options in shoulder strap and hip-belts sizes. I use large shoulder… Full review

Kelty Red Cloud 6650

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A comfortable pack that never seems to run out of space! I would recommend this pack (or one of its smaller sibling packs) for backpackers who prefer comfort over light weight (both in the pack itself and with the gear they take). The Kelty 6650 is a high-capacity loader and allows me to take anything and everything! I've been using it for more than 10 years now. While I don't generally have the opportunity to go on more than one backpacking trip per year, the trip is normally for 3-4 days, and… Full review

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

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Driven WolfPack 75L
discontinued
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Alpina R114
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 4500
$96
ALPS Mountaineering Caldera 5500
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 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Denali 5500
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Altra 75
$399 MSRP
Arc'teryx Altra 85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Bora 75
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80
$399 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Bora 90
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Bora 95
$435 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Naos 85
$650 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ASSO Model 100
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ASSO Model 85
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bach Fat Maxx
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BackPacker Boulder 75l
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Badlands 4500
Bergans Alpinist 130
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bergans Rondane 85L
 
Bergans Trollhetta 75L
 
Bergans Trollhetta 95L
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Cyclops Atlas
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Cyclops II
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Berghaus Cyclops II Atlas
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Berghaus Cyclops II Vulcan
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Expedition Light 80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mercury 75
Black Diamond Mission 75
$167 - $239
Black Diamond Onyx 75
$199
 
Boreas Gear Halo 75
 
Cabela's Elias 80L Backpack
$210
Cabela's Endicott 100L Backpack
$120
Cabela's Endicott 80L Backpack
 
Cabela's XPG 100L Backpack
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Camp Trails Catskill
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Camp Trails Expedition Elite 108
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Camp Trails Paragon III
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Camp Trails Wilderness (Internal)
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Camp Trails Wind River
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Delta 80L
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Gecko 80L
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Kodiak
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L W/NWD WorkSack
$1500 MSRP
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L WorkSack
$375 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CirqueWorks Ascent 6.2
discontinued
Cotopaxi Nepal 75
$270
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