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Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2017

By: Mike Summers

Best Ultralight Backpacks of 2017

To conduct our 2017 ultralight backpack test, test director Mike Summers used these packs on multi-day backpacking trips, ranging from 3-7 days. They were used in a variety of weather conditions and on diverse terrain in Southern Illinois and Oregon. Each pack was rated on comfort, storage, versatility, weight, and durability. Find out which scored the highest and earned our coveted Best In Class award.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other backpack testssleeping bag teststent tests, and other related hiking and camping gear tests.

*Homepage photo credit, Dan Holz for Osprey Packs.

Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus

90

2017

Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus

The Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus is a bare-bones rucksack designed for the long-distance hiker who seeks durability and minimal weight. 

Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60

87

2017

Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60

The Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 may be the largest pack in the test group, but it doesn’t act like it.

Osprey Exos 48

82

2017

Osprey Exos 48

The Osprey Exos 48 is comfortable and accessible to backpackers carrying smaller loads but is heavy for its size. 

Marmot Graviton 58

81

2017

Marmot Graviton 58

The Marmot Graviton 58 caters to both backcountry and urban travelers, resulting in increased weight and reduced durability. 

Mountainsmith Scream 55

80

2017

Mountainsmith Scream 55

The Mountainsmith Scream 55 is an affordable and durable frameless pack with some out-of-place features.

About the Author

Mike Summers

Mike Summers

Mike Summers is an avid hiker, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. While exploring America’s best outdoor spaces, Mike has developed an intimate relationship with his gear systems. When he’s not exploring, you can find him sharing insights and chronicling his journeys at improbablebutpossible.com.

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