Backpack Reviews

Hands-on, in-depth backpack reviews by an experienced backpacker and wilderness guide.

Mountainsmith Scream 55 Backpack Review

Mountainsmith Scream 55 Backpack Review

The Mountainsmith Scream 55 Backpack is a multi-day backpack that’s well-featured, quite durably built, and relatively inexpensive. It’s undergone some design changes this year, including a sturdier frame and a new U-shaped front panel opening that will appeal to overnight and weekend backpackers, as well as travelers. It’s also over …

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Seek Outside Gila 3500 Backpack Review

Seek Outside Gila 3500 Backpack Review

The Seek Outside Gila 3500 (57L) is a 2 pound 15-ounce external frame backpack capable of carrying heavy loads, up to 100 pounds. It’s made with a waterproof laminate fabric called XPac which is more durable than Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly called cuben fiber) and less expensive. While the weight …

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Exped Lightning 60 Backpack Review

The Exped Lightning 60 can haul a lot of gear

The Exped Lightning 60 Backpack is a four-season multi-sport backpack that’s equally at home on the long trail, hauling climbing gear to the local crag, or pulling a pulk in the backcountry. Featuring an adjustable torso, full-body compression, and numerous external attachment points, the 41 ounce ( 2 lbs 9 …

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