Backpack Reviews

Osprey Kestrel 28 Daypack Review

Osprey Kestrel 28 - Front

The Osprey Kestrel 28 daypack is ideally sized for multi-sport activities including day hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. It has ample internal and external storage providing great flexibility and an adjustable frame, making it ideal for newer hikers who don’t have the experience required to properly size a backpack …

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Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack Review

Mountainsmith Apex 80 Expedition Size Backpack

The Mountainsmith Apex 80 Backpack is a high volume, expedition-style appropriate for long backpacking trips where you need to carry extra food or technical gear. With an adjustable length torso, the Apex 80 is loaded with all of the features you’d expect on a high volume top-loading pack, but it …

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Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Backpack Review

Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L Winter Backpack

The Mountainsmith Mayhem 35L backpack is a great winter and climbing backpack, well-suited for day long hikes that require carrying heavy winter gear such as snowshoes, skis, a snowboard, an ice axe and avalanche shovel. A top-loading pack, it has numerous external attachment points for lashing gear to the outside of …

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Deuter Guide 45+ Backpack Review

The Deuter Guide 45+ alpine-style backpack is an extremely flexible and rugged backpack for a wide variety of winter adventures. Although mid-size in capacity (2750 cubic inches / 45 + 10 liters), this pack really shines for multi-sport activities like mountaineering, backcountry skiing or climbing when you have to attach …

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Gossamer Gear Kumo Superlight Backpack

Gossamer Gear Kumo Backpack above Treeline

Gossamer Gear introduced an entirely new backpack this year called the Kumo 36 Superlight backpack, which I’ve fallen head over heels in love with and use as a day hiking backpack. Weighing just 14.6 ounces (or 16.6 ounces including a SitLight foam pad), it’s a fully-featured ultralight backpack that can …

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