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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Seek Outside Divide 4500 reviewed Jun 4, 2020
$359 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Mystery Ranch G6000 reviewed May 12, 2020
$525 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Aether AG 70 reviewed Jan 16, 2020
$232 - $310
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
REI Traverse 85 reviewed Dec 12, 2019
$144
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Kelty Coyote 80 reviewed Sep 11, 2019
$120 - $159
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 (51)
Osprey Aether 70 reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$232
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Osprey Aether 85 reviewed Sep 15, 2018
$247
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 85 reviewed Jul 29, 2018
$172 - $195
 
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
$111
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
$137
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 (1)
Exped Thunder 70 reviewed Aug 19, 2017
$209 - $279
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
JanSport Alaska 115 reviewed Jul 27, 2017
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Lowe Alpine Crossbow 70+15 reviewed Jul 25, 2017
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Volt 75 reviewed Jul 10, 2017
$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 of 5 (2)
Osprey Farpoint 70 reviewed Jun 1, 2017
$200
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)
Gregory Deva 70 GZ reviewed Jan 26, 2017
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
$147 - $209
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