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

Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack Review

The Kelty Redwing 50 is a surprisingly versatile backpack with a torso hugging shape than makes it easy to carry

The Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack is a multi-faceted pack that can be used for day hiking, backpacking, school, or travel with a plethora of pockets and features to keep your gear well-organized and accessible. Featuring a new adjustable length frame, its greatest strength is its adaptability for many different kinds of …

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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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REI Flash 45 Backpack Review

The Flash 45 has two tiers of compression, both diagonal to help pull the load closer to your center of gravity

The REI Flash 45 is a lightweight backpack with an adjustable, ventilated frame that’s perfect for weekend backpacking trips or more technical day hikes. Weighing just 2 lbs 14 oz in a size L, (a women’s specific version is also available) it’s a surprisingly comfortable and functional backpack capable of …

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Osprey Packs Atmos AG 50 Backpack Review

The Atmos AG anti-gravity suspension system hugs your back an hips as one unit, providing exceptional load transfer that makes your pack feel lighter because it's working as it should.

The Osprey Packs Atmos AG 50 might just be the most comfortable backpack you’ll ever wear. Featuring the new Anti-Gravity ventilated suspension system, this backpack wraps around your upper torso, positioning itself properly on your hips for maximum load transfer and comfort. It’s even adjustable, so you can dial in …

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