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Backpack Reviews

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

Thule Versant 50 Backpack Review

The Thule Versant 50 can be used as an alpine style backpack with a floating lid or a panel loaded, good for use when travelling

Thule, best known for their automobile luggage racks, makes overnight backpacks that are starting to appear in outdoor stores, side-by-side with packs from Osprey, Gregory, and Granite Gear. I’ve been tracking Thule’s packs for few years and decided it was time to take a closer look at one, especially since the Thule …

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Montane Grand Tour 55 L Backpack Review

Montane Grand Tour 55 Backpack

The Montane Grand Tour 55L is a mid-size, body hugging backpack that is easy to carry and great for technical hiking and backpacking. Made by the British gear manufacturer Montane, the Grand Tour is the big brother of an acclaimed line of smaller climbing and cragging packs introduced by Montane last …

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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 …

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Kelty Ruckus Roll Top 28 Backpack Review

The Kelty Ruckus 28 is a roll top daypack that can carry a ton of gear

The Kelty Ruckus 28 Roll Top is a fully featured technical daypack loaded with features that can be used for many different types of day hikes, peakbagging, and hut-to-hut trips. Weighing just 1 pound 6 ounces, I’ve been impressed with how comfortable it is on long, hard, and fast hikes. Features …

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