Category: Backpack Reviews

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) specializes in making backpacks and shelters with Dyneema Composite Fabrics (formerly called cuben fiber.) Their distinctive white and black colored backpacks are quite popular and easy to spot in the backcountry. One of the things that sets…

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KS Ultralight Gear Alpisack Backpack Review

The KS Ultralight Alpisack is configured like a climbing backpack with an optional top lid. The back of the pack is sewn with 500d Cordura because this is where you’d attach winter traction or tools (crampons, snowshoes, ice axes). The…

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Cold Cold World Chaos Backpack Review

Cold Cold World Chaos Backpack atop Mt Garfield, NH Cold Cold World is a small cottage manufacturer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains that specializes in making climbing and mountaineering backpacks. They’re world-famous in climbing circles for making high-function, durable backpacks.…

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Elemental Horizons Kalais XT Backpack Review

The Elemental Horizons Kalais XT is available in a durable UL laminate called XPac Elemental Horizons is a well-regarded cottage backpack manufacturer based in North Carolina with a small but loyal customer following. They’ve recently added XPac fabric as a…

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Seek Outside Gila 3500 Backpack Review

The Seek Outside Gila 3500 is a lightweight external frame backpack good for four-season use The Seek Outside Gila 3500 (57L) is an 2 pound 15 ounce external frame backpack capable of carrying heavy loads, up to 100 pounds. It’s…

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Osprey Talon 44 Backpack Review

The Osprey Talon 44 Backpack has an adjustable internal frame that hugs your back and hips. The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes,…

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packing Pods Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods are cuben fiber packing cubes that fit perfectly into Hyperlite’s backpacks Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes small and large packing pods which are the ultralight equivalent of the luggage packing cubes that people use to pack travel…

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Zpacks Nero Frameless Ultralight Backpack Review

The Zpacks Nero is a 38L frameless ultralight backpack The Zpacks Nero is a frameless 38L ultralight backpack that weighs 10.9 ounces and is made with waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), formerly called cuben fiber. It’s seam taped inside, making…

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak daypack is durable lightweight backpack, at home on the trail and off. The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak daypack is a 17L backpack made with two layers of black Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), a waterproof laminate that…

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ULA Photon Daypack Review

The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight-style daypack. The ULA Photon is a 35L frameless ultralight-style daypack that weighs between 22-27 ounces, depending on how the pack is configured and whether you keep all of the optional components.  It’s…