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Category Archives: Backpacks

Gear Debate: Backpack Versus Hip Pack

Backpacks Help Me Stay Prepared By Annastasia Sewell In the summer of 1995, my family headed to Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Peak for a quick 30-minute hike. Between all of us, we carried two granola bars in our pockets and three bottles of water in our hands. After seven hours, two boulder fields, and a lightning […]

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Is Ultralight Backpacking Gear Worth the Cost to My Budget—and My Comfort?

Dear Gear Team, I’ve been backpacking for a few years and am thinking of buying some ultralight gear, but I’m worried about cost and comfort. Are the trade-offs worth it? —Weighing My Options This question is all about aspiration. I remember the first time I saw an ultralight-equipped hiker like it was yesterday. I was […]

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The Best Travel Packs for the Restless Adventurer

REI Co-op Flash 18L ($40) (Photo: Courtesy REI) Best Crossover Potential Our minimalist testers were drawn to this year’s version of the Flash 18. The pack’s drawstring closure makes it easy to secure and get out the door in a jiff. Want to cut weight? Leave the chest strap and waist belt behind. Planning a […]

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