Packs

Krueger, Ryan
You need a number of smaller objects readily available during a long day on the water, and the Ocoee Duffel by Watershed is the bag to hold them. Read more >>
Davies, Colton
Who needs water? Everyone, that’s who. And for outdoorsy folks who value hydration more than most, CamelBak’s 2011 Rogue is a welcome improvement from the classic Nalgene/carabiner combo. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
Originally designed as an emergency survival pack, the Adrenaline 60+10 TentPak system comes with a built-in tent that’s lightweight and easy to set up. The pack and tent weigh less than five pounds and leave plenty of room for everything you need—minus the kitchen sink. Read more >>
Ebeling, Chris
The Osprey Exos 46 is built to impress. At 2lbs 5oz, it’s a wonder how a pack with so many dialed-in features and pockets is so light. One of the advantages of this weightlessness is comfort. Read more >>
England, Mike
Part of Jansport’s new Cloud Ripper series, the Tehipite 42 is a lightweight and surprisingly sturdy backpack. The back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt are shaped, vented, and heavily padded, keeping the Tehipite’s 42-liter load snug and comfortable on the back. Read more >>
Sundborg, Caitlin
Need a good pack, but don’t want to fork over $400 to get one? Check out the Everest 65+10 by High Peak. Straps and buckles galore make adjusting the frame easy and allow you to find your perfect fit while minimizing frustration. Read more >>
Bass, Rick
I’m partial to the kitchen-sink style of daypacking, so the Gregory Serrac 45 suits that need wonderfully. It has a very good-fitting waist-belt and it rides smooth and firm, which, at the end of a 16-hour walk, is appreciated. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
The Fishpond Deep Creek Chest Pack solves many of the problems I’ve had with previous chest packs. Read more >>
Bass, Rick
The Talus and Salish are two sweet little packs from the Jansport Cloud Ripper series. Both are small and snug and tight on the body, resulting in high functionality no matter the activity. Read more >>
Bass, Rick
Comparing these to the big Gregory Serrac 45 would be to compare grapefruit and grapes. I’m partial to the kitchen-sink style of daypacking, so the Serrac suits that need wonderfully. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
What’s the next new product at Mystery Ranch? “We’re bringing out a ski pack that has an avalanche buoyancy system built into it,” Dana says. When activated, the Blackjack deploys a 150-liter inflatable airbag designed to keep the skier’s head and body above the slide. Read more >>
Editors
The Sierra Designs Veranda 3 Tent is the perfect crash pad for three weary travelers—or in our case, two people and two dogs. This snazzy three-season shelter is designed for comfort, with two doors, two vestibules, a high ceiling, and a panorama window to enjoy the view. Read more >>
Roderer, Ian
When the river’s too muddy to fish or your legs need rest after summiting the Sphinx, a great low-impact option around Ennis is Madison Meadows Golf Course. Read more >>
Murphy, Terri
Lilypond is a new company specializing in stylish, sporty women’s bags, luggage, and accessories, including the sharp-looking Evening Star Backpack. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Once again, the people at Mystery Ranch have built a ski pack that raises the bar. The Fuze is a larger-volume version of the famous Saddle Peak pack that hit the slopes last season. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
New this season is the Kode 38 pack by Osprey, specifically built for those who prefer to play in the backcountry. Designed for winter tours and backcountry trips, I was impressed at how Osprey has put together a winter pack with so many different features. Read more >>
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