Packs

Daypacks to huge backcountry haulers included in our coverage and reviews.

Inov-8 Race Pro 12 Pack

Inov-8's new Race Pro 12 is an "elite lightweight hydration pack" made for trail running, cycling, adventure racing, and other off-trail excursions where speed is goal No. 1. Indeed, this pack weighs less than a pound when empty (15.5 ounces), and includes a minimal feature set: There's about 12 liters of capacity in the main compartment; a large stretch mesh pocket on back; hip-belt pockets; reflective piping for nighttime visibility; and a nice harness system that hugs when you run. Oh, and did I mention the horizontal hydration bladder. . . Read More...

September 4, 2007

Samsonite OutLab

In 2008, Samsonite, the "world’s leader in travel" will launch a new outdoor bags collection, including hard-shell packs, duffels, daypacks, and a slash-resistant piece called the Sloth made for rolling through dicey neighborhoods at night. . . Read More...

August 7, 2007

Gear Review — Messenger Bags 2007

I've been testing three messenger-style bags as of late, including an outdoorsy model from Gregory; the techy Ruckus by Pacific Design; and a large and strange orange waterproof sack from Cascade Designs, part of the company's Urban line, which the press material says were created for "the performance-first bike messenger, or the young professional who isn’t quite the leather-briefcase type.” Indeed, I thought about lugging one along on a canoe trip. . . Read More...

July 19, 2007

Gear Review — Gregory Z22 backpack

Designed for day-long excursions -- mountain trekking, peak bagging, adventure racing, and the like -- the Z22 can manage up to 25 pounds of cargo in its 1,300 cubic inches of capacity. But what makes the little pack unique is its new suspension system, which allows air to circulate behind the back panel, between the pack body and your back, thus keeping you cooler. Or so the theory goes. . . Read More...

July 5, 2007

Frontpacks

In today’s New York Times (Nov. 23, 2006), Stephen Regenold—aka The Gear Junkie—wrote about so-called ‘frontpacks,’ which are packs with mesh pouches, zipper pockets, and compartments positioned up front on hip belts and over the chest. Moving weight forward on the body, the companies claim, acts to counterbalance the heavy load on back. The original […] Read More...

November 23, 2006

REI Wheeled Adventure Luggage

Rolling wheel-equipped luggage, once a leathery genre of the business class, hit the mainstream years ago as airline travelers realized its ease and efficiency. I was admittedly a late and skeptical adopter, lugging duffels and gear-stuffed backpacks through airports year after backbreaking year. Read More...

October 10, 2006

Gregory Mountain Products, Traction series

New this year, the Traction series, which includes five products geared toward students, travelers and businesspeople, is in the catalog alongside packs made to withstand an ascent of the North Face of Mount Everest. Read More...

July 13, 2006

Sea to Summit waterproof gear bags

In 1990, an Australian named Tim Macartney-Snape took a swim in India's Bay of Bengal, and then he shouldered a backpack to start a long hike uphill. Four months later, hiking from the ocean, through the foothills of the Himalayas, and eventually climbing to base camp on Mt. Everest and up the mountain itself, Macartney-Snape stood on the summit of the world's highest peak. Read More...

May 31, 2006

Aquapac – waterproof gear containers

In total, Aquapac makes 40 products, with designs to accommodate cell phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, radios and PDAs. The polymer cases are flexible like plastic bags. The sealer on top is a bulky plastic trim that covers the case opening. It locks down and closes airtight with the twist of two or more tiny levers. Read More...

April 2, 2006

Hydracare water bladder cleaning kits

You know it’s time to clean your hydration bladder when: A) Live algae has sprouted in a crease; B) Water that goes in pure comes out tasting literally fishy; or, C) That strange and swampy odor seeping from your CamelBak is eliciting vocal complaints from your hiking buddies. Read More...

November 25, 2005

Seattle Sports Company CrossBreed Dry Pack 1500

The rubbery roll-top dry bags popularized by river rafters and whitewater kayakers several years ago are gaining favor with hikers, hunters, backpackers and adventure racers. If 100 percent dry gear is an absolute necessity -- as it's increasingly becoming with cell phones, digital cameras, walkie talkies and GPS systems -- these PVC, urethane or treated-nylon bags are pretty much the only thing going. Read More...

November 25, 2005

REI Flash Review — Ultra-Light Backpack

This minimalist day pack, which weighs 10 ounces and costs only $25, is made of lightweight and water resistant silicone-infused nylon. It has no frame, an un-padded mesh harness, and only one large compartment with a hydration sleeve and small mesh pockets inside. There isn't a zipper or tab of Velcro on the product, and it's actually more of a sack than a pack. Read More...

May 6, 2005

Mountainsmith Road Trippin’ Series

Mountainsmith is a company founded on the thought that frustration may be just as much a mother to invention as necessity ever was. In the late 1970s, Patrick Smith founded the Golden, Colo., company after repeated disappointment with the backpack designs of the day. Read More...

May 6, 2005

Pacsafe Daysafe security backpack

Talk to any group of well-traveled people and the stories of surreptitiously lifted purses, picked pockets and swiped backpacks will eventually start to propagate the conversation. Passports, cash, credit cards, plane tickets, camera and hotel key can be lifted quiet and clean in an instant, forcing a woebegone trek to the American Embassy for identity reclamation, phone calls and money wired in from mom and dad. Read More...

April 6, 2005
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