Black Diamond Epic 45 Backpack

Designed for the four-season climber, the Epic 45 Backpack from Black Diamond is at home hauling gear to the crags or for an alpine route. The clean design includes Black Diamonds PickPockets and a welded crampon patch for your ice tools. The durable top-loading backpack carries well thanks to the ergoACTIV, SwingArm shoulder straps. It has a three-point haul attachment system and a removable lid and hipbelt.

Price: $189.95

Patagonia Stormfront Pack

No doubt about it you're gonna get wet, but with the Patagonia Stormfront Pack at least your essentials will remain dry for the duration. Updated with even tougher 840-denier double polyurethane-coated nylon fabric, this minimalist waterproof pack features a revolutionary easy-to-use waterproof zipper to keep gear water tight. An internal padded gear case with hook-and-loop dividers custom-fits your stuff, while a removable shoulder-strap harness and 3-D spacer-mesh back panel provide natural comfort. With a glued-in mesh zippered pocket to keep essentials organized and mesh hydration reservoir pocket, the harness system includes a tool attachment and storage as well. Take the harness off and you have the perfect dry boat bag.

Price: $279

Patagonia Refugio Pack

Allowing you to carry just enough hut comforts for the day, the multi-sectioned Patagonia Refugio Pack offers gear room to saunter, but not so much that you'll get loaded down. The large compartment carries most of the load and comes with a padded sleeve that's raised to protect up to a 17-inch laptop from banging about. The sleeve, equipped with a tube port, accepts a hydration reservoir when your feet leave the cement. Pens, business cards, keys and other small necessities go inside the second pocket. A vertical zip pocket provides quick access to a wallet, plane tickets and a phone, and a microfleece-lined pocket protects sunglasses or an audio device. Stretch-woven side pockets accommodate a full range of water-bottle shapes and sizes. Airflow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel prevent overheating. The sternum strap has an emergency whistle, and compression straps stabilize contents. 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: $79