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

Gregory Packs Paragon 48 Backpack Review

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is an alpine style backpack with a floating top lid and rear mesh pocket.

The Gregory Packs Paragon 48 is a lightweight, alpine-style backpack designed to fill the void between minimalist ultralight backpacks and the plush and deluxe, monster capacity backpacks that Gregory is known for like the Denali 100 or the Baltoro 85. Weighing 3 pounds (minus an optional rain cover), the Paragon 48 has …

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Granite Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

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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 Trail. I really like Granite Gear’s packs because I think they strike an excellent balance between weight and function, many have adjustable length frames and hip belts, and because they’re quite …

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The North Face Cobra 60 Backpack Review

The North Face Cobra 60 is a winter backpack ideal for hiking, climbing, or backcountry skiing

The North Face Cobra 60 is a versatile winter backpack suitable for climbing, multi-day mountaineering-style winter trips, and backcountry skiing. Like many specialized winter packs, it can be configured in a number of different ways, depending on your trip needs, with optional components that can be removed if they’re not …

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