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.