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ULA Circuit Backpack

ULA Circuit Backpack Review

The ULA Circuit Backpack is a streamlined lightweight backpack with a surprising amount of flexibility for many types of backcountry adventure. Made with bomber fabrics and feature-rich, the Circuit is tough enough for year-round use in 4 season conditions. Internal Storage and Organization With 68 liters of total capacity, the ULA Circuit can hold a lot […]

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Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Winter Backpack

Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L backpack is a great winter and climbing backpack, well-suited for day long hikes that require carrying heavy winter gear such as snowshoes, skis, a snowboard, an ice axe and avalanche shovel. A top-loading pack, it has numerous external attachment points for lashing gear to the outside of the pack in addition to […]

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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack

Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Gorilla Ultralight Backpack is designed for backpackers who have already gone through the transition from a heavier gear list to a base weight that is under 15 pounds (not including food, fuel, and water). While it can be used for shorter overnight backpacking trips, peakbagging, and even day hikes when you need to carry extra layers, […]

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The Thunder 70 is a classic alpine pack with a floating top lid and main compartment, that tapers towards the base for better load control.

Exped Thunder 70 Backpack Review

The Exped Thunder 70 (MSRP $289) is a new lightweight backpack with an adjustable frame and panel loading access that Exped plans to introduce later this year. Weighing 3 pounds 6 ounces (tested), it has a very comfortable hip belt which ensures excellent load transfer to the hips and a single external aluminum stay which […]

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Paradox Packs Unaweep 4800 on Mt Washington in Winter

Paradox Packs Unaweep 4800 Backpack for Winter Use

I bought a Unaweep 4800 backpack a few months ago from Paradox Packs after using testing a loaner Unaweep 3900 over the summer (see my Unaweep 3900 review). The Unaweep packs are external frame backpacks with a roll-top pack bag. Both the 3900 and the 4800 packs are made with an extremely tough, waterproof fabric called […]

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