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Ultralight Backpack Ratings Summary

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Score Product Price Our Take
87
$270
Editors' Choice Award
As an all around great pack, the Mariposa can carry large and light loads with ease, has plenty of external storage options, and is super comfortable on the trail.
81
$260
The Gorilla is one of our top picks and scored highly in all metrics. It is comfortable, versitile, and has just enough features.
77
$210
This pack is a popular ultralight pack for good reason; it has plenty of outside storage, made of durable fabrics, and carries both 15 and 30 pound loads with ease.
76
$145
Top Pick Award
The CDT combines simplicity, a reasonable price tag, and a good feature set.
72
$140
Best Buy Award
The Virga 2 lacks a frame, pockets, and a lid, but fits the bill for an extremely lightweight, simple pack.
70
$325
Top Pick Award
As the Top Pick for Ultralight Enthusiasts, the Arc Blast is incredibly light, while still providing the same assets of a full frame pack.
70
$160
This minimalist pack is lightweight and simple - designed for those who have slimmed down their kit to the bear minimum.
68
$250
For a pack that is lightweight, but still provides support and ventilation with a full suspension system, the Levity is the ticket.
68
$200
Best Buy Award
Winner of our Best Buy award, this pack was among the top ranking in our tests for its comfort, durability, and long list of useful features.
67
$365
This pack is designed with a focus on durability and simplicity, with a minor emphasis on comfort and support.
67
$345
The HMG Windrider 3400 is a durable, waterproof, lightweight pack that works well for loads under 25 pounds.
65
$235
This lightweight, comfortable pack has a simple, yet thoughtful design. The ULA Circuit is a great pack for heavy loads or winter trips.
64
$160
This ultralight inspired pack is lightweight by most standards, but will seem bulky in comparison to the other packs in this review.
63
$220
The L.I.M. Strive 50 is lightweight compared to most packs, but has a design more in line with a mountaineering pack than an ultralight backpacking pack.
53
$185
This pack is designed for runners on multi-day pushes, and it was the most unique of the packs we tested.