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Best Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (20-45L)

By: Seiji Ishii

Best Overnight Backpacks of 2016 (20-45L)

To test the 2016 backpack offerings in the 20-45L category, tester Seiji Ishii used the packs during 2-3 day backpacking excursions, one day guiding jobs, or during one to three-hour training missions in the Texas Hill Country. Hot conditions across rocky and hilly terrain provided challenging conditions. Initial weight carried was standardized to 25 lbs to simulate a three season weekend to long weekend load. Detailed notes were taken during testing and conclusions drawn soon thereafter, focusing on these main categories: comfort/fit, stability, storage, durability, and extras.

For reviews beyond this 2016 test, check out other overnight backpack testsexpedition pack testsbackpacking tent tests, and other related hiking gear tests.

Granite Gear Lutsen 45

91

2016

Granite Gear Lutsen 45

The Granite Gear Lutsen 45 backpack is armed with an excellent suspension system and quick size adjustability.

Gregory Zulu 40

87

2016

Gregory Zulu 40

The Gregory Zulu 40 is a well-ventilated and stable pack, capable of hauling heavier loads comfortably into the backcountry.

Osprey Talon 44

86

2016

Osprey Talon 44

The Osprey Talon 44 is a lightweight pack with superb ventilation and a long list of usable features.

Black Diamond Speed 40

82

2016

Black Diamond Speed 40

The Black Diamond Speed 40 is a workhorse alpine pack that stresses simplicity and balances weight vs. durability.

Bergans of Norway Helium 40

82

2016

Bergans of Norway Helium 40

The Bergans Helium 40 is an ultralight, compact alpine pack with adjustable torso length that excels at ferrying lower volume loads during active pursuits. 

The North Face Shadow 40+10

80

2016

The North Face Shadow 40+10

The North Face Shadow 40+10 has a simple design, a minimal but mobile suspension system and sparse features, keeping the weight as low as possible. 

About the Author

Seiji Ishii

Seiji Ishii

Seiji Ishii works as a trainer to professional supercross/motocross riders, adventure riding test editor at Dirt Rider Magazine and an AMGA certified rock climbing guide/instructor for White Star Mountain Guides/Austin Rock Gym. His personal time is spent rock climbing, any form of dirt biking, cycling, and training for the next mountaineering adventure.

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