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: 4 of 5 (11)
Kelty Coyote 80 reviewed Sep 11, 2019
$120 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tashev Mount 100+20 S+ reviewed Jul 24, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Gregory Baltoro 85 reviewed Jun 5, 2019
$262 - $349
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Tashev Kentaurus 80+15 reviewed Mar 23, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
U.S. Military ILBE Pack reviewed Dec 18, 2018
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Circuit 5400 reviewed Dec 16, 2018
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Osprey Aether 85 reviewed Sep 15, 2018
$330
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 reviewed Jul 29, 2018
$221 - $276
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dana Design Yellowstone reviewed Jul 17, 2018
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Gregory Shasta reviewed Jun 28, 2018
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Arc'teryx Altra 75 reviewed Jun 21, 2018
$399 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Snow Leopard Pack reviewed May 9, 2018
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user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Dana Design Terraplane reviewed Apr 27, 2018
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Red Cloud 90 reviewed Apr 6, 2018
$154 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
JanSport Bhutan reviewed Apr 6, 2018
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user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Kelty Red Cloud 6650 reviewed Feb 16, 2018
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty Red Cloud 110 reviewed Nov 27, 2017
$161 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
U.S. Military CFP 90 reviewed Nov 16, 2017
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Fusion reviewed Nov 15, 2017
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user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L WorkSack reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$375 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
CiloGear 75L W/NWD WorkSack reviewed Sep 20, 2017
$1500 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ reviewed Sep 16, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (40)
Arc'teryx Bora 80 reviewed Sep 10, 2017
$399 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
JanSport Alaska 115 reviewed Jul 27, 2017
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75 reviewed Jul 10, 2017
$120 - $220
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
ULA Equipment Catalyst reviewed Jun 29, 2017
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Lowe Alpine Contour IV 90+15 reviewed Jun 13, 2017
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
The North Face Renegade reviewed Apr 18, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Trigon Deva reviewed Mar 17, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Gregory Forester reviewed Mar 16, 2017
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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
JanSport Alaska reviewed Mar 8, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Dana Design Astralplane Overkill reviewed Feb 25, 2017
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user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
REI New Star reviewed Feb 21, 2017
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gregory Denali 100 reviewed Jan 31, 2017
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Apex 100 reviewed Dec 8, 2016
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Deuter Aircontact 75+10 reviewed Dec 1, 2016
$310
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Gregory UM21 Backpack reviewed Nov 29, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Dana Design ArcFlex Terraplane reviewed Oct 4, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Red Cloud 5400 reviewed Oct 2, 2016
$160 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xenith 105 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Stout 75 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$150 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mystery Ranch T-100 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Traverse 85 reviewed Jul 30, 2016
$289
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Jack Wolfskin Trail Head II reviewed Jul 26, 2016
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cerro Torre Kodiak reviewed Jul 11, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Red Tail 4900 reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$180 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Quadrant 4900 reviewed Jun 15, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Xena 85 reviewed Jun 3, 2016
$380
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Mountainsmith Frostfire III reviewed Apr 20, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Camp Trails Wilderness (Internal) reviewed Feb 28, 2016
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