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Granite Gear V.C. Crown 60 Backpack

Which Granite Gear Backpack is Right for You?

Granite Gear backpacks are popular packs for long distance backpacking in the United States and are a common sight on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trails. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable frames, and because they’re quite affordable, which is a rare quality these days if […]

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ULA Circuit Backpack

5 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Long Distance Backpacking

A lot of hikers ask me which backpacks I think are the best for multi-day hikes and long distance backpacking, and time and again, I recommend the packs listed below. Why? I think they’re large enough to fit all of the gear and food you need for a backpacking trip for a variety of temperatures […]

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Hyperlight Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack Review

The Hyperlight Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack is a 40L pack (with an additional 9.8L of external storage) that is suitable for ultralight backpacking trips, off trail hiking through dense vegetation, or winter day hikes when you need to carry extra clothing layers. Made with Hyperlight Mountain Gear’s (HMG) ultralight blend of polyester and cuben fiber, the pack is […]

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Zpacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Cuben Fiber Backpack

ZPacks.com Arc Blast Ultralight Backpack Review

The ZPacks.com Arc Blast Backpack is an ultralight cuben fiber backpack with an external carbon fiber frame that is available in three sizes: 45L, 52L, and 60L. Weighing just 17.4 ounces in the 60L version (shown here in orange), the Arc Blast is rated for 30 pound loads making it ideal backpack for thru-hikers and lightweight backpacking trips […]

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The Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack (57L) only weighs 29 ounces, yet can comfortably haul up to 30 pounds of gear, food, and water.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack Review (2015 Model)

Backpack maker Gossamer Gear overhauled their entire backpack product line this year (2015), including an update of the Mariposa Lightweight Backpack, long considered one of the finest high volume (57 liters) ultralight backpacks made. All of Gossamer Gear’s backpacks are very popular with long distance hikers who demand lightweight gear that’s highly functional and durable. […]

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