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“Pack carefully, go light, and you can do it all with this pack,” one tester said who dragged it on rock, snow, and ice outings in Colorado. “This is an alpine-thinking carrier.” That’s because it looks stripped down without extra pockets and gadgets, but the included ice tool attachments, haul points, and ski straps are beefily reinforced and serve their individual functions well. Thirty-eight liters gave testers enough space for super-cold day outings in Rocky Mountain National Park, but the option to expand the unit to 48 liters of space meant testers could stretch its use to overnight expeditions. The lid and the hipbelt are removable, too. “Even if I’ve got a double rack, personal climbing gear, layers, food, water, and the rope because my partner is lazy, the stiff suspension keeps it comfortable for tons of miles,” one tester said. New X-Lighter construction puts dense EVA foam and lightweight fiberglass in an X-shape against your back, so you have stiffness and support across the torso but a solid amount of airflow for breathability. “This pack hugged my body without restricting it.”
Multi-sport mountaineers will love this hauler’s basic but perfectly dialed design, especially if they want the option to stay overnight and don’t mind a few more ounces.
$170; 2 lbs., 13 oz.; millet-mountain.com