Gregory Z 55 Backpacking Backpack

A tough top-loader that is the smartest and most versatile pack around, the Gregory Z 55 Backpacking Backpack is perfect choice for toting your cragging gear or loading up during weight conscious weekend escapes. Incredibly lightweight, yet durable this pack manages up to 3660 cubic inches of storage and up to 47 lbs comfortably. To handle heavier weights in this light configuration a Jetstream Suspension System with auto-fitting harness providessolid support, an Aerotech mesh backpanel allows free air flow, and padded scapula and lumbar pads provide exceptional comfortable. With top and side access, expandable front “Bucket” pocket, secondary front pocket, and dual quick access waistbelt pockets, the Z55 boasts the National Geographic Best of Adventure Gear Award 2007 and Backpacker 5.0 Perfect Rating.

Price: $139.29

Patagonia Fuego Pack

Whether you're a full-time student or rambling the mountains on a challenging weather day, the Patagonia Fuego Pack carries your life essentials load. This backpacks main compartment holds the bulk of gear, and features a padded sleeve that protects up to a 17-inch laptop. The sleeve has a tube port and accepts a hydration reservoir when you hit the trail. A second compartment holds daily supplies – keys, paperback, pens and phone. A zippered exterior pocket provides easy access to a wallet, an exterior stuff pocket stashes a shell, a pair of stretch pockets hold water bottles, and a microfleece-lined pocket protects sunglasses or an audio device. To carry it all comfortably, the Fuego uses heat-venting airflow mesh for the shoulder straps and back panel. It has a webbing waistbelt, adjustable sternum strap with an emergency whistle, and compression straps to stabilize the load. Made from 420-denier 100% nylon oxford plain weave with an 840-denier 100% ballistics nylon bottom. The lining is 200-denier 100% polyester. All fabrics have a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Price: $89