Awards Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award  
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Pros Comfortable, stabilizes heavy loads, thoughtful design, modular, recycled fabricsComfortable, ultralight, versatile, effective featuresTons of features, fully adjustable, comfortable, well ventilated, separate hydration compartmentSubmersible, durable, comfortable, duffel-zipper makes access easyGreat range of motion, excellent external carry, durable, well-executed side access
Cons Non-adjustable frame, only decent ventilationLacks ventilation, lots of cords, steep learning curveRuns small, side mesh pockets are debatably smallHeavyNo lower compression straps, not water-resistant
Bottom Line A function-over-form backpack for carrying big loads in any conditionsThis daypack transitions seamlessly from running to scrambling or winter travel, all the while staying comfortable and easy to useTime tested and a top pick for versatility, this pack wins our Editors' Choice awardA well-designed and comfortable pack that can take any conditionsWith durable fabric and a comfortable carry, this pack is stellar for mountain adventures
Rating Categories REI Co-op Traverse 35 Salomon XA 25 Osprey Talon 22 Ortlieb Atrack 25 Black Diamond Bolt 24
Comfort (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs REI Co-op Traverse... Salomon XA 25 Osprey Talon 22 Ortlieb Atrack 25 Black Diamond Bolt...
Weight (ounces) 53.69 15.25 27.44 51.84 33.13
Measured volume (liters) 48.34 29.4 22.56 30.3 25.8
Back Construction Spring steel Vented EVA foam Vented, contoured External wire frame OpenAir back panel for airflow
Hydration Internal hydration sleeve Internal hydration sleeve, 2 included 500ml soft flasks Externally accessed sleeve, holds up to 3L, bladder not included No sleeve, but straps inside External hydration sleeve
Hipbelt 3D Contoured hip belt Thin webbing, nonremoveable Broad, padded, with pockets Broad, padded, textured Padded, with pockets
Number of pockets 9 10 9 9 7
Description of Pockets 1 main top loader, 1 outer flap with nylon/stretchy-mesh, 1 outer zippered, 1 top lid zippered, 1 top lid mesh, 2 side stretchy mesh, 2 hip belt 2 front stretch, 2 front flask pockets, 2 front top-of-shoulder stretch, 2 front zippered, 1 main roll-top, 1 large back stretch mesh with clip 1 main compartment zippered, 1 stretchy mesh shoulder strap, 2 waist zippered, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 back stretchy mesh, 1 top zippered, 1 open hydration reservoir pocket behind back panel 1 main duffel-style TIZIP zipper, 2 small internal zippered organizational pockets, 2 large zippered organizational pockets, 2 side stretchy mesh, 2 hipbelt zippered stretchy mesh 1 top-loader main, 1 zippered lid, 2 side stretchy mesh, 1 raincover pocket (raincover isn't included), 1 hipbelt pocket, 1 outer crampon/stuff pocket
Materials Recycled 200D ripstop nylon, recycled 400D Oxford packcloth 82% Polyamide, 18% Polyethylene Nylon PVC-free waterproof nylon 210D ripstop
Outside Carry Options Ice axe loop and bungee holder, 12 attachment loops along bottom and sides of pack perimeter double-cinched cord for poles/axes, pole carry on front or back Bungee helmet tab, Blinker light patch, ice axe loop and bungee holder, front-side pole carry bungee loops Modular strap attachment system: 4 side compression straps included, top and bottom vertical straps, optional helmet carrier and extra modular straps Trekking pole lash points, ice axe attachments, daisy chains, bike light clip
Whistle Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Key Clip Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Notable Features Uplift compression straps really tighten down the load, included raincover Running-vest style suspension, comes with soft flasks which fit into strap pockets on chest Blinker patch, front-side pole carry loops Waterproof and submersible, fully adjustable frame, duffel style opening for easy access Swing-arm suspension
Weight : Volume (oz/L) 1.11 0.52 1.22 1.71 1.28
Weight : Volume Ranking Midweight Ultralight Midweight Heavyweight Midweight
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