Hessman, Patrick
A summer hike can be ruined with the wrong pack, especially if it makes the heat more stifling with heavy, insulating padding. The AC Aera 24 from Deuter was designed to specifically avoid this sweaty mess. Read more >>
England, Mike
For a sturdy, all-purpose pack that won’t break the bank, check out the Mystic 65 from Mountainsmith. Read more >>
England, Mike
You may have heard of the GoRuck Challenge—the all-night, military-oriented sufferfest designed to take people past their perceived mental and physical limitations. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
I never go riding without my pack: it’s a fixture out on the trail and holds every necessity for mountain travel. I therefore need a comfortable and spacious bag that won’t hold me back. Read more >>
Min, Dan
I like to hike and day-trip, so was looking for a medium-sized backpack that can hold enough stuff without looking too bulky—and the Eureka Wolf Jaw definitely fulfills my requirements. Read more >>
England, Mike
“We are what we repeatedly do,” said Aristotle—and unless you like being a pre-pubescent pansy-ass, ditch that glorified purse of yours and start hauling around a GO Bag by Gerber. Read more >>
Howlett, David
Have you ever purchased a new piece of gear, and after using it, wondered how you ever got along without it? This is exactly how I feel about the Duthie AM 17.0 hydration pack from Platypus. Read more >>
England, Mike
Dry bags will always be standard on the river, but gone are the days of being stuck with the standard blue tube. Read more >>
England, Mike
Summer in Montana means multiday backpacking trips—but not everyone wants to drop a few hundo on a fancy pack. One affordable alternative is Eureka’s Rocky Peak 50+10L. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
I love fishing, but I won’t wear a fanny pack—it’s not the ‘90s. Thankfully, the Westwater Chest Pack from Fishpond provides a great option to the more fashion-conscience fly fishers among us. Read more >>
Beaudoin, Kate
The Osprey Aura has more bells and whistles than a one-man band at the Whoville Christmas parade. It’s built for extended trips and doesn’t miss a beat—if you can think of it, this pack’s got it. Read more >>
England, Mike
Nothing makes outdoor folk happier than when a treasured recreational product, long lost to the vicissitudes of time and market forces, rises once again. Read more >>
Lach, Devon
At first glance, the Mountainsmith Scream 25 backpack looked a bit smaller than I first imagined—but after filling it with my books, an extra scarf, and coat, I realized that it was reminiscent of the carpetbag Mary Poppins carried around. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
McCarthy, Chris
The Fishpond Deep Creek Chest Pack solves many of the problems I’ve had with previous chest packs. 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 >>
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