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The Hyperlight Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Pack is a rugged multi-day cuben fiber backpack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Backpack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 (55L) Southwest Backpack is a durable cuben fiber backpack that’s good for multi-day backpacking trips in rugged terrain. The 3400 Southwest is basically the same pack as the smaller volume Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 (40L) Southwest Backpack (SectionHiker Gear of the Year in 2015) but with a longer extension collar, so […]

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The Kelty Ruckus 28 is a roll top daypack that can carry a ton of gear

Kelty Ruckus Roll Top 28 Backpack Review

The Kelty Ruckus 28 Roll Top is a fully featured technical daypack loaded with features that can be used for many different types of day hikes, peakbagging, and hut-to-hut trips. Weighing just 1 pound 6 ounces, I’ve been impressed with how comfortable it is on long, hard, and fast hikes. Features Roll top closure Don’t let […]

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With 55 liters of capacity the Mountainsmith Screamer can swallow a ton of gear

Mountainsmith Scream 55 Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Scream 55 (liters) is a roll top backpack made with durable fabrics and loaded with features that will appeal to overnight and multi-day backpackers. Weighing just 2 pounds and 4 ounces, it is lightweight, comfortable, well featured, durably built, and relatively inexpensive at $149, something that can’t be said for many other lightweight backpacks in its […]

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The Katabatic Gear Helios 55 is a cuben fiber roll top backpack with a rear stretch pocket

Katabatic Gear Helios 55 Backpack Review

Katabatic Gear is best known for their quilts, but they also make backpacks, including the Helios 55 cuben fiber pack, what I jokingly refer to as “the other white backpack.” I’ve been using the 32 ounces Helios 55 for backpacking and winter alpine ascents and it’s a great four season capable pack, definitely worth a look if […]

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How to Size a Backpack: Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much volume should you get in a daypack, weekend backpack, multi-day backpack, or expedition backpack? Here are some volume guidelines and advice so you can start shopping for backpacks in the appropriate size range. Recommended Backpack Volumes Daypacks Most daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters on the high end. While a smaller sized […]

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