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ULA Photon Daypack Review

The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight backpack

The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight-style daypack that weighs between 22-27 ounces, depending on how the pack is configured and whether you keep all of the optional components.  It’s basically a lower volume version of ULA’s CDT ultralight backpack (54L) ideal for day hikes, hut-to-hut overnights, commuting or air …

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Exped Traverse 40 Backpack Review

When the Exped Traverse 40 frame is curved for ventilation you can see daylight behind your back

The Exped Traverse 40 Backpack is a lightweight alpine style backpack with an innovative frame that can be curved when you want more airflow for back ventilation or flattened when you need a backpack that hugs your back and hips more closely. A convenient rear hatch also provides panel-style access …

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