Two words came to mind when I was deciding on a new pack: quality and comfort. The new Big Mountain pack from Mystery Ranch delivers both. Quality was a no-brainer; Mystery Ranch is known for their top-notch products. Women’s packs don’t always feel right on me, but the adjustability of the Big Mountain’s yoke and waistbelt made it fit like a dream while the NuADV frame created even weight distribution. The pack has the typical amenities—hydration-system compatibility, a removable lid, adjustable loops for poles or tools, and several side pockets—but the real highlight is the center zipper. I had full access to the 65-liter main compartment without having to dig around or remove everything. This will be my go-to pack for longer trips. Available at Mystery Ranch. $295; mysteryranch.com.