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Going places? Here are six bags we'd recommend you bring along.

The Seon Transporter was our favorite indoor climbing pack in 2017 because of its mix of commuter-savvy features. It has a padded laptop sleeve in one compartment, a separate chute for climbing gear, and a ventilated pocket for your climbing shoes (or gym sneakers). We can’t get enough of…

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This day pack is small, light, and perfect for your everyday carry. It has an internal stash pocket for a tablet or small laptop and an outer pocket for keys or a wallet. Plus, the pack stuffs into its own front pocket for easy storage, so you can bring…

Outside’s senior gear editor, Will Egensteiner, loved this travel bag so much, he wrote an ode to it this past winter. “If I’m going anywhere for four days or less, it’s all that I bring,” he wrote. His favorite feature was the removable laptop pack that makes organizing electronics…

The Cragsmith was our favorite pack for sport climbing in 2018. We especially loved the main compartment’s easy access with a top entry and a U-shaped zipper, which allows you to open up the entire back and see all your equipment. That way, you never have to take everything…

A perennial part of our back-to-school gift guide, the 28-liter Refugio is the perfect size for carrying daily cargo like lunch and gym clothes, and it even makes a decent day-hiking pack. Plus, it has a lined tablet pocket and padded laptop sleeve to keep all your valuables safe.

The Crown VC has all the bells and whistles you need, like compression straps, a ventilated back panel, and stretch pockets on the shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds, but still weighs barely over two pounds. Going on a shorter trip? The roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes making…

The Ranger Pack will last you a lifetime thanks to its waterproof, rugged twill fabric, bridle leather buckles, and simple design. In our roundup of gear that will outlast you, we said the Ranger “has everything you need without being overkill.”…

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From the mouths of hikers mid-trail

Featured in our roundup of the best bike commuting gear from our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide, the Quito is “made from a water-repellent Cordura fabric, with a cinch-top hood flap and water-resistant media pocket.” Simple, sleek, and lightweight, this pack is ideal for commutes or easy days on the…

Outside contributor Graham Averill tested the Squamish XL when it debuted and was “impressed by how many features LifeProof was able to squeeze into this slick daypack.” The pack has two weather-resistant tech pockets and a slot for a 15-inch laptop and tablet.

Backcountry’s 30-liter Adventure Pack fits everything I need in a sleek, efficient package

This pack is ideal for day hikes and quick technical pursuits. When we reviewed it in our roundup of packable backpacks that won’t break the bank, we found it durable and “stacked with features, like compression straps to tighten the load, a hydration sleeve with hose ports, and trekking-pole…

Thanks to the EnRoute’s cushioned and removable camera storage cube, we traveled stress-free with our DSLR and multiple lenses. This pack offers a padded laptop sleeve, two side zippers that access the main compartment (even when the roll top is closed), and a zippered water bottle sleeve. Pro tip: If…

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Built for hot day hikes, the Aleia has a mesh panel that’s suspended off the pack’s back, to promote airflow and prevent sweat buildup. There’s no bladder included, but the Aleia has a dedicated sleeve to drop in a reservoir of your choice and a spacious top-loading compartment. Its 22-liter…

We can’t help but love the nine-liter Tokul. It’s loaded with smart details, like magnets to keep the hydration hose secured when you’re not using it, a front pocket big enough for a helmet, reflective hits for visibility, and a foam back panel with ventilation channels. The included three-liter reservoir—with…

The streamlined Hydrobak is designed to carry a 1.5-liter reservoir and not much else. But that simplicity is its selling point, making this pack your best option on hot days: it weighs next to nothing and has a mesh harness that’s super breathable and quick drying.

Adjusting your pack seems like it should be simple, that is until you're struggling down the trail after not correctly dialing in the fit

The Deva 70 is a slightly older version of a standout hauler we highlighted as “the biggest, most comfortable women’s pack on the market.” The suspension, dialed specifically to fit a woman’s frame, allows for a customizable fit. It also includes a removable daypack that doubles as a…

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Snacks, water, and diapers—these fit it all

Built for big boys and girls (8 to 12 years old), the Tarn Hydro is a straightforward daypack with a wide opening to the main compartment and a comfy padded back panel with an air-flow channel. The stretchy mesh side pockets are great for items your kids want to access…

This Deuter pack is for when you introduce your children to technical pursuits, like ski touring and rock climbing. It has 22 liters of room in a top-loading compartment, with space for a hydration bladder, but is also outfitted with ice-ax straps, D rings, and gear loops for lashing rope,…

A pack made for fast-and-light adventures on a bike, the Moki is a small 1.5 liters, just enough for a layer and some snacks. But it also comes with a dedicated hydration sleeve—with its own quick-zip access—and an attachment strap for a blinking light, so it’s easy for your child…

This hauler’s 55-liter capacity can hold a few days’ worth of gear (up to 45 pounds), but don’t go overboard: you don’t want to weigh down your child too much on their first multi-night backpacking trip. The Optifit suspension can be lengthened as your kid grows, while multiple exterior pockets…

CamelBak built a kid’s version of its most popular mountain-bike pack for the littlest of shredders. The Mini Mule comes with a 1.5-liter hydration bladder, just under a liter of gear space, and a mesh harness that vents so junior isn’t left with sweat stains under the shoulder straps.

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The 40-liter Icarus is designed for overnight or quick weekend trips into the backcountry, and it comes loaded with the same features your favorite adult packs have: a hydration sleeve, a trekking-pole attachment, a rain cover, a separate slot for a sleeping bag, and an exterior stash pocket. The VersaFit…

A 25 percent tax on bikes, helmets, gloves, and backpacks could hit the industry—and your wallet—hard

Our gear editor praised Patagonia’s Nine Trails packs for their clean efficiency: “With a minimalist design and well-considered features, Patagonia has proven that when it comes to daypacks, simpler is better,” he writes. It’s available in both men’s and women’s sizes from 14 liters to 36 liters.

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Nadia Burton couldn't always find ski gear that fit her body or her style. So she made her own.

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When I'm biking to work in the rain, I need my gear to stay bone-dry. Here's why I grab this bag first.

The Isabella will serve you well on your daily commute, on campus, or as a carry-on. It’s outfitted with a laptop sleeve, two side pockets, a compartment for your electronics, and plenty of room for textbooks. And the cushy shoulder straps make this pack a solid option for day hikes…

Our gear editor praised Patagonia’s Nine Trails packs for their clean efficiency: “With a minimalist design and well-considered features, Patagonia has proven that when it comes to daypacks, simpler is better,” he writes. It’s available in both men’s and women’s sizes from 14 liters to 36 liters.

The back panel on this space-efficient pack closely mimics the curve of a woman’s back, making it so comfy that testers almost forgot they had it on. It’s available in five sizes, so you can really dial in the fit.

The back panel on this space-efficient pack closely mimics the curve of a woman’s back, making it so comfy that testers almost forgot they had it on. It’s available in five sizes, so you can really dial in the fit.

We judged five contenders on user friendliness, comfort, and how well they carry a load

For less than the cost of most full-price sleeping bags, you get a three-season two-person tent, a two-and-a-half-inch sleeping pad, and a 30-degree sleeping bag. The whole set weighs just over nine pounds and has most of what you need to get into the woods. The Passage 2 has two…

A peek at Hydro Flask’s Journey Series hydration pack, Mountainsmith’s Zerk 40L Fastpack, and OluKai's Hawai’iloa boot collection

Pro hiker Tom Gathman teamed up with Mountainsmith to craft the Zerk 40

All-in-one travel backpacks have become ubiquitous in recent years, but we like the CTB 40 because it skews more stylish than outdoorsy. The sleek exterior is completely devoid of branding and the 40-liter interior doesn’t look totally out of place in urban environments. But the four interior pockets and two…

Retro tech meets modern looks in the new Kelty Zyp and Zyro

This budget-friendly duffel is ready to haul 100 liters of your gear. When not in use, the duffel packs into its own pocket that is about the size of a Nalgene. Perfect for overseas travel, this bag is there when you need it and gone when you don’t.

The Alpha is a minimalist backcountry pack, stripping the exterior down to just two straps that you can alter depending on how you want to carry your skis. The shell is made from weatherproof ripstop nylon, and a large front pocket holds your skins, shovel, and other tools. A side…

The Dawn Patrol checks all the backcountry boxes: stowaway straps that carry skis diagonally or as an A-frame, attachment points for ice axes and a helmet, and a dedicated pocket that keeps your avalanche tools organized. Each of the packs in the series (15 liters, 25 liters, and 32 liters)…

The Rise 32 is designed for multiple days in the backcountry. The women’s-specific fit includes a narrow shoulder harness, shaped hipbelt, and shorter torso length. The Rise has a full back-panel zipper opening for quick access, reinforced ski and snowboard carry (snowshoe compatible, too), ice-ax and trekking-pole loops, and an…

The 30-liter Pro S is the women’s version of Mammut’s most popular ski-touring pack. It’s loaded with features like the standard diagonal or lateral ski carry (as well as a snowboard option), and ice-ax or trekking-pole attachments. There’s also an insulated drink tube, a dedicated avalanche-gear pocket, a separate radio…

The 24-liter size of this bag is only big enough for day missions, but it has A-frame ski-carry or vertical snowboard-carry options, a fleece-lined goggle pocket, a front-pocket organizer, and a main compartment big enough for extra layers and lunch. It’s a paired-down, budget-friendly choice for short trips into the…

At 18 liters, the Atom is a good choice for an everyday carry pack. The main compartment can fit a few books, a snack, and your keys, while the soft-lined sleeve can fit your laptop.

We fell in love with the Terra several years ago because it’s fully featured at a bargain price. This pack comfortably supports 45-pound loads, thanks to the ultra-comfortable and anatomically correct shoulder harness. While vertical channels promote air circulation during stifling summer trips and sub-tropic excursions.

Hip shape and torso length matter, and a pack that fits right will save you energy on the trail

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, this maker is best known for producing big, canvas-walled tents and packable two-person dome tents. The Great Day pack has adjustable straps so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or backpack. The 24-liter bag is made from waxed canvas and has a zipper…

The X-shaped aluminum frame and 3-D-molded shoulder and hip straps mean the Zulu can comfortably carry as much gear as you can cram into its 55-liter body.

The Flash 45 was the best budget pick in our comprehensive women’s backpack review. Testers wrote, “It more than ably supported the test’s 35-pound load, even when I pushed it off-trail and into steep, scrambling terrain.”…

From light and adaptable to strong workhorses

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Gear editor Ariella Gintzler walks us through new 2019 gear from Gregory, Outdoor Research, and Scarpa.

Designed for hut trips to sidecountry adventures and everything in between, here are our favorite snow-sports packs

The European outdoor-retail behemoth is flooding the U.S. market with $3.50 backpacks. Will wary consumers buy in?

We love REI’s Flash-series packs for their lightweight and minimalist design. The Flash 18 is the smallest and most packable of the bunch, making it a solid option for shorter day hikes.

The Duck’s Back rain cover kept the gear inside our editor’s pack bone-dry during monsoon season in Patagonia. At camp, I draped it over my tent fly for some extra rain protection. And when the sun came out, it was easy to pack down and stash.

A portable cooler made comfortable. It’s ideal for carrying an icy six-pack on a day hike.

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The Canadian brand will loan you apparel, backpacks, and more to check out and test before buying

We use the Stratos 24 for day hikes and weekend excursions, but we’ve also stuffed it to the max for multi-day backpacking trips. We like the stretchy back panel, which keeps cool air flowing on hot days.

The 2400 Southwest has a 40-liter main compartment made entirely from super tough, waterproof Dyneema fabric. The whole system comes in under two pounds, making it an ultralight option for weekend adventures.

A good system will save you time before, during, and after your next getaway