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Members Only Exped Lightning 60 Review
by Luke Schmidt
Due to a robust internal frame, this pack not only excels at carrying either heavy or light loads, but it's also rather comfortable and lightweight. Read More...
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Members Only Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
by David Chenault
While it may be on the heavy side of ultralight, Paradox has worked hard to make each ounce count succeeding in creating a pack that excels at carrying extremely heavy loads. Read More...
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Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
by Ryan Jordan and Chris Wallace
Durable lightweight packs that can carry a larger volume (and higher weight) expedition kit. Read More...
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Boreas Buttermilks 55 Review
by Brad Groves
Sure they look nice, but how do these clean, uncomplicated packs from new manufacturer Boreas handle the trails? Read More...
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Zpacks Multi-Pack Review
by Chris Wallace
A unique accessory pocket that can be used in multiple ways. Read More...
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Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight sub-3-pound internal frame backpack that’s well designed, durable, comfortable, and features freedom of movement innovations. Read More...
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Bask Light 69 Pack Review
by Roger Caffin
This lightweight mountaineering pack from Russia provides large volume, simplicity, and durability. Read More...
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Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review
by Brad Groves
Will it light the trails on fire? Read More...
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CAMP X3 600 Ski Pack Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
A lightweight ski day pack with a handy, hands-free ski carrying system. Read More...
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Black Diamond Infinity 60 & Innova 50 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Freedom of movement is the next advancement in internal frame backpack technology, but it appears to have limitations. Read More...
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ULA Epic Pack Review
by Ed Tyanich
This improved pack handles heavy or awkward loads with ease, for your Epic adventures. Read More...
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Osprey Exos 46 and Osprey Exos 58 Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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REI Flash 65 and REI Flash 50 Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Elemental Horizons Northern Lite Pack
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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GoLite Quest and GoLite Odyssey Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Granite Gear Escape AC 60, Granite Gear Vapor Flash Ki, and Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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One Planet Shadow Pack (Australia)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Lightwave UltraHike 60, Lightwave Fastpack 50, and Lightwave Wildtrek 55w Packs (UK)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Lowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 and Lowe Alpine Zepton ND50 Packs (Italy)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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JanSport Big Bear 63 Pack
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Crux AK47 and Crux AK57 Packs (UK)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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MontBell Versalite 50 and MontBell Versalite 50 Short (Japan)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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ULA Circuit, ULA Catalyst, and ULA Camino Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Lower volume ultralight backpack with removable stays and other components - so you can set up the pack for individual trips and personal preferences to your heart's content. Read More...
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REI Flash 50 and Flash 65 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Three-pound internal frame backpacks with great fit, features, versatility, and value. Read More...
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Osprey Exos Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Osprey's new Exos 46 and Exos 58 backpacks are designed specifically for lightweight backpacking, and, at just over 2 pounds, set a new weight standard for an internal frame backpack with a built-in frame. Plus, they're durable and full-featured. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Miniposa Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable carbon fiber stays make it the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpack in its size class, but curved stays would markedly improve its fit and comfort. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs 2007 Comet Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A durable and versatile “convertible backpack” with removable stays that allow it to be used either frameless or as an ultralight internal frame backpack. Read More...
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2007 Deuter KangaKid Child Carrier REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
A lightweight internal frame child carrier that compacts for use as a day pack. Read More...
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REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A well designed and capable lightweight internal frame backpack from REI with a great feature set, and it’s an excellent value! Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable carbon fiber stays make it one of the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpacks on the market. Read More...
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Mountainsmith PCT 45 Backpack REVIEW
by Ken Knight
A feature-rich, heavy load carrier, but it tries to be a bit too much for too many people. Read More...
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Osprey Talon 44 Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
A roomy, comfortable, lightweight framed backpack with lots of pockets, good load control, an adjustable torso length, and a few weak spots. Read More...
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GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Right on target for the lightweight backpacker: 70-liter, 3-pound internal frame pack with the right load-carrying capacity and feature set. Read More...
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CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
Durable and adjustable, but initially confusing to set up. Read More...
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Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
If you’re looking for a lightweight backpack to carry 25 to 35 pound loads, this is one you gotta check out. It rocks! Read More...
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Mountainsmith TrekLight AT 55 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Cutting edge design and materials, loaded with features, user-friendly, load capable, and fits like wearing a vest - but a tad heavy by lightweight standards, and needs a few tweaks here and there. Read More...
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Black Diamond Shadow 55L Backpack REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
A solid - read, heavy - and well-designed climbing pack with a unique Y-frame capable of carrying a lot of weight. Read More...
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Gregory 2005 G Pack Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Comfortable, light (but it should lose half a pound), and compact backpack with enough capacity and load control to support multi-day outings. Read More...
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Osprey Exposure 36 Backpack REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A feature-laden pack designed for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering that doesn't translate well for general purpose use. Read More...
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Osprey Stratos 34 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
New for 2006, the Stratos 34 daypack provides all the features, fit, and comfort you can ask for from a general use daypack. It’s also bomb-proof, and heavy by our standards. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham
An all-day, off-piste or hut-to-hut snow sport pack with features that might just validate the weight. Read More...
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GoLite Galaxy Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight for the volume, plenty of weight-carrying capacity, and user-friendly features, although the water bottle pockets could be more easily accessible. Read More...
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Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
For those with short torsos, this is a lightweight and durable pack, with some clever design features. Read More...
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2006 Osprey Aether 60 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
What a conundrum! The upgraded pack has some great improvements, and is now an outstanding value, but (darn it) it's also heavier. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Comet Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable stays, an internal pad pocket, and adjustability over a wide torso length range make the Comet unique. Read More...
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GoLite Vision Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A panel loading internal frame pack with a small volume and very low profile that offers comfort with excellent organizational features. Read More...
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Gregory Spectrum Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
An internal frame panel loading pack with a polished design, plenty of features, and rock solid performance. The Lexus of small volume panel loaders? Perhaps. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Ghost LT Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Panel-loading single-compartment 3000 cubic-inch (50 L) internal frame backpack. Read More...
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Aarn Liquid Agility Backpack REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Dynamic suspension and a unique redistribution of weight breaks the industry mold in backpack suspension design. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Wraith Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Small, dense, heavy loads carry well in this durable internal frame pack. Read More...
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Aarn Bodypacks Featherlite Freedom Internal Frame Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Big loads carry well and redefine what it means to control your center of gravity. Read More...
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Osprey Atmos 50 Backpack REVIEW
by Ken Knight
A durable and effective load carrier with an innovative back panel that keeps your back cool. Read More...
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Osprey Atmos 25 Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham and Alison Simon
Product performance review of the Osprey Atmos 25 small volume, internal frame backpack. Read More...
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GoLite Infinity Backpack REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
The 50 liter GoLite Infinity provides stable load carrying with an innovative internal frame and enough options to sufficiently organize your gear, for less than three pounds. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack Review
by Jay Ham
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Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone and Nimbus Latitude REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan and Jay Ham
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Granite Gear Vapor Trail Review
by Alan Dixon
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Mountainsmith Auspex Review
by Doug Johnson
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Osprey Aether 60 Review
by Jay Ham
Comfort and load support are the hallmarks of this lightweight internal frame backpack. Read More...
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ULA P-2 Review
by Jay Ham
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Osprey Aether 45 REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Review of the Osprey Aether 45 frameless backpack. Read More...

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