[Gear] Seven slick backpacks to keep on your radar this year

[Gear] Seven slick backpacks to keep on your radar this year

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Let’s be honest, it’s never a bad time for a new backpack. That’s why we’ve compiled an array of packs for you to put on your wish list this year. Whether you’re in the market for a new bag for school, planning a day trek to your favorite swimming hole, or spending a few nights in the mountains as you prep for winter, we’ve got you covered with a variety of brands and designs to consider this fall. Get familiar with the kick-ass offerings, below.

The Packs…

The North Face, Terra 50l pack

The North Face Terra 50L pack – $159.00

This bad boy is ideal for those getting out on the trail for multi-day trips. With 50 liters of storage, the Terra pack provides enough space for all of your camping essentials and then some. Seven convenient internal and external pockets help you stay organized. You’ll also enjoy a spring loaded hip belt with soft air mesh for increased air flow and breathability; a zippered sleeping bag compartment; and a hydration system sleeve to easily quench your thirst. The Terra 50L weighs in at just three pounds when empty.

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Patagonia Cragsmith 35l pack

Patagonia Cragsmith 35L pack – $129.00

The attractive Cragsmith pack from Patagonia provides easy access to its spacious main compartment through either of its top or back panel zippers. Constructed with the brand’s DWR (durable water resistant) lining and a recycled nylon fabric, this pack will keep your items protected and dry, while staying true to the brand’s environmental awareness. Hike to the crag in comfort, thanks to this pack’s padded hip belt, load lifters and airflow mesh on the straps and back panel. Large side pockets are quite convenient, too.

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Black Diamond Nitro 26 pack

Black Diamond Nitro 26 pack – $139.95

As a part of Black Diamond’s trail series, the Nitro 26 pack is supreme for all y’all day-trippers. When empty, this pack weighs in at just two pounds and provides a comfortable carry thanks to its reActive suspension—a support system installed in the back panel. Also, the Nitro 26 allows for increased airflow on the back panel, straps and hip belt due to its OpenAir mesh material. Other notable features include a fleece-lined electronics pocket; a rain cover pouch; a hydration system compartment and trekking pole loops.

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Marmot Aquifer pack

Marmot Aquifer 24L – $129.00

The Aquifer 24L is a minimalist pack designed for quick adventures in the mountains. Staying true to its name, the Aquifer comes equipped with a removable three-liter hydration system to stave off your thirst. This pack allows for maximum breathability thanks to its ventilated mesh back panel and maintains durability with an aluminum frame. Users can easily access the pack’s roomy main compartment due to a roll-top hood. Other key features include a padded waist belt with a zippered pocket, an external stash pocket for all your personal goods, and a sternum strap for extra support.

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30L pack

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry pack – $130.00

The first thing you’ll notice upon inspection of the Scrambler 30 is its completely waterproof exterior for the utmost protection from Mother Nature’s elements. The pack’s low profile and extremely lightweight (1lb 11oz.) design allows for a minimal load on your next extreme endeavor. Whether you’re skiing, backpacking or out on a day hike, the pack’s spacious (30 liter) main compartment provides more than enough room to store all of your daily necessities. Other features include a separate zippered top accessories pocket, a hydration system sleeve and reinforced gear loops.

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Buck Products Marsupial pack

Buck Products Marsupial pack – $135.00

Like each of Buck Products’ unique items, the Marsupial pack is handmade in Bozeman, Montana. Constructed with a Cordura fabric and YKK zips, the seemingly “bottomless” bag is the perfect example of simplistic style to keep you cool in the streets or the mountains. Inside, you’ll find a large main compartment to stash extra layers and other personal belongings, as well as a laptop sleeve, and a zipped pouch for important documents, tablets, other necessities, etc. The Marsupial pack also boasts a foam back panel and straps, as well as a removable sternum strap to maintain a secure fit.

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Columbia Classic Outdoor pack

Columbia Classic Outdoor 25L pack – $59.00

At its core, the Classic Outdoor pack from Columbia is a timeless bag for any situation. Whether you’re packing for school or heading into the mountains for a day of hiking, this puppy gets the job done. A flip-top hood and drawstring closure allows for easy access into the sizable 25-liter main pocket, where you can store all of your goods. No need to worry about harsh weather conditions: The Classic Outdoor pack utilizes the brand’s Omni-Shield—a water and stain repellent technology—to battle the many elements that you’ll encounter. At the rockin’ price of just $59.00, this pack is extremely affordable and it’s available in multiple color ways, to boot.

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