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

 
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Adventure Driven WolfPack 75L
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Alpina R114
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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 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Altra 75
$399 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Bora 75
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user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80
$399 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Bora 90
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user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Arc'teryx Bora 95
$435 MSRP
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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
 
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Badlands 4500
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bergans Rondane 85L
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Cyclops Atlas
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Cyclops II
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Berghaus Cyclops II Atlas
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Berghaus Cyclops II Vulcan
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Expedition Light 80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mercury 75
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Camp Trails Catskill
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Camp Trails Expedition Elite 108
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Camp Trails Paragon III
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user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Camp Trails Wilderness (Internal)
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Camp Trails Wind River
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Delta 80L
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Gecko 80L
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Kodiak
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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
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design Alpine
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dana Design Alpine Overkill
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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Alpine
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dana Design ArcFlex Alpine LTW
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Dana Design ArcFlex Astralplane
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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Terraplane
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dana Design ArcLight
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Dana Design ArcLight Direct
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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcLight Glacier
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Dana Design ArcLight Swiftcurrent
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Dana Design Astralplane
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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Dana Design Astralplane Overkill
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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Dana Design Glacier
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Dana Design Stillwater
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