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Granite Gear Virga 2 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a 54 liter ultralight backpack that is lightweight even by today’s standards. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces (19 ounces) it is truly frameless, without even a foam back pad behind the shoulder straps. Despite its low weight, the Virga 2 is a fully featured Granite Gear backpack […]

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Mountainsmith Apex 80 Expedition Size Backpack

Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack is a high volume, expedition style appropriate for long backpacking trips where you need to carry extra food or technical gear. With an adjustable length torso, the Apex 80 is loaded with all of the features you’d expect on a high volume top-loading pack, but it is surprisingly light weight (4 pounds […]

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Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

White Mountain Challenge: Backpack Selection

What kind of backpack do you need for an 15-18 day, 230 mile backpacking with 75,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain ( see White Mountain Challenge Guidelines for Hikers) where you need carry all of your own food and gear without any resupply stops? You’d probably want a higher capacity weeklong or expedition style backpack […]

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How to Repair Mesh Backpack Pockets

I have torn holes in the side pockets of many backpacks, enough that I now ding manufacturers in product reviews that include them on backpacks because they’re not durable enough. External mesh pockets are nice to have, but the only “safe” place to put them so they don’t get ripped up is on the front of […]

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Granite Gear Nimbus Trace 70L Backpack

Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access 70L backpack is a high-capacity pack that can be used for long trips and expedition style travel. Weighing a hefty 4 pounds 6 ounces on the SectionHiker scale, this is not an ultralight backpack, but it’s still quite lightweight when compared to other expedition sized backpacks with a similar amount […]

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Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs

Mystery Ranch Wet Ribs: The Hiker’s Office

Mystery Ranch’s Wet Ribs are a backpack accessory pocket that connects to your packs shoulder straps and hangs on the front of your chest or ribs while hiking. It has a large zippered pocket perfect for storing snacks, a map, a camera, hat, glove liners, and other small incidentals that you want easy access to, as […]

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Osprey Packs Volt 75 Sleeping Bag Compartment

Osprey Packs Volt 75 Backpack Review

The Osprey Packs Volt 75 Backpack is a large multi-day backpack that features a highly adjustable torso and hip belt system. Also available in a smaller 60 liter version, the Volt 75 provides the standard features found on most Osprey Packs including a stretchy kangaroo pocket and top lid. Weighing under four pounds, the Volt […]

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