Backpack Reviews

Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack Review

Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack Review

The Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack is an ultralight, internal frame pack that weighs well under 2 pounds with a total volume of 55L including 40 liters in its main compartment plus 15 liters of additional external storage. It provides excellent weight …

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 NorthRim Backpack Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear NorthRim 3400 Backpack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 NorthRim Backpack is an ultralight backpack made with an extremely durable outer fabric called Woven Dyneema that is significantly more abrasion resistant than the Dyneema Fiber/Polyester laminate used to make Hyperlite’s regular ultralight backpacks. While it’s priced …

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ULA Catalyst 75L Backpack Review

ULA Catalyst Backpack Review

The ULA Catalyst Backpack is the largest volume backpack in ULA’s line of ultralight style packs with 75 liters of capacity. Weighing 44.4 oz (1259 g), it’s a durable backpack that can carry an enormous amount of gear and food, packed inside …

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ULA CDT 54L Backpack Review

ULA CDT Backpack Review

The ULA CDT is a 54L frameless backpack designed for ultralight backpacking, long day hikes, or travel that has a maximum recommended load of 25 pounds. Weighing 27.1 oz (768 g), the CDT is a streamlined backpack with 36 liters of closed …

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ULA Ohm 63L Backpack Review

ULA Ohm Backpack Review

The ULA Ohm (formerly called the ULA Ohm 2.0) is a 63L ultralight style backpack that’s durable enough for rough and tough adventures. It’s also available with the same male and female shoulder straps and hip belts (available in multiple lengths) offered …

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Gossamer Gear Silverback 65 Backpack Review

Gossamer Gear Silverback 65 Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Silverback 65 is a multi-day ultralight-style backpack designed for thru-hiking with larger loads, bushwhacking, and winter backpacking. It’s very different from Gossamer Gear’s popular backpacks, the Mariposa 60 and Gorilla 50, in that it’s a pure roll top without …

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ULA Ultra 24 Circuit Backpack Review

UL Ultra 24 Circuit Backpack Review

The ULA Ultra 24 Circuit (68L) is an ultralight-style roll-top backpack made using a new ultralight waterproof fabric called Ultra that’s significantly more abrasion resistant than Dyneema DCF or the Robic Nylon used in other lightweight backpacks. If you’ve already been evaluating …

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ULA Photon 35 Backpack Review

ULA Photon Pack Review

The ULA Photon is a 35L ultralight-style roll-top backpack with a base weight of 26.1 ounces in a size medium.  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 travel …

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REI Traverse 60 Backpack Review

REI Traverse 60 Backpack Review

The REI Traverse 60 is a fully-featured multi-day backpack with an adjustable torso length, so you can dial in a personalized fit. It has loads of pockets and reconfigurable attachment points that make it suitable for year-round adventures with a feature set …

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Granite Gear Crown3 60 Backpack Review

Granite Gear Crown3 60 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Crown3 60L is an affordable ultralight backpack with a modular design that can be easily configured for ultralight backpacking, thru-hikes, and winter hiking. The things that set this roll-top backpack apart from other ultralight-style packs, besides its very reasonable …

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