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Backpacks

Backpacks vary drastically in size and composition. Typically, light-weight backpacks have a smaller capacity (See Graph Below).  Large (and heavier) backpacks usually have heavy support stays designed to support more weight than lighter backpacks.  The ideal backpack can comfortably support all your gear for your hiking needs while being as light as possible.

The backpacks shown below represent a small sample of the available backpacks. 

 

BackPack Capacity Vs. Weight

 

Backpack Comparison Chart

(download pdf, 265 kB)

Manufacturer/
model
PriceCapacity
(cu.in.)
pocketsStaysWeight
(oz.)
GoLite Ion $50  1500  0  0  10
Conduit $100 3200 3 0 17
OHM $155 3500 3 1 21
GoLite Jam  $125  3100  3  0  26
Circuit $180 3800 3 1 36
GoLite Pinnacle  $150  4400  3  0  36
Osprey Exos 46  $179  2800  8  1  37
Granite Gear Vapor Trail  $170  3600  2  0  37
Black Diamon Speed Pack  $130  2441  2  1  40
REI Flash 50  $129  3051  5  2  42
REI Venturi  $129  2441  6  1  44
Marmot Eiger 35  $119  2150  4  2  47
REI Pinnacle 40  $100  2441  3  2  53
Osprey Atmos 70  $239  4000  7  1  57
Gregory Z65  $239  3966  3  1  62
Osprety Atmos 66  $259  4200  2  2  74
Osprey Aether 70  $259  4200  2  2  74
REI Mars 85  $199  5187  5  2  96
Arc'Teryx Bora 80  $375  4700  3  2  109
Gregory Denali Pro  $499  6450  5  2  124
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