There’s nothing worse than humping a one-size-fits-all drysack with a couple of questionable shoulder straps across a swampy, mile-long trail. Hyperlite’s pack series (ranging from the 2400 cubic inches/40 liters to 4400/70) offers comfortable suspension systems in three frame sizes, and the lightweight Cuben sailcloth material adds remarkable durability. We’re taking three different-sized packs for clothes, gear and food. While the sailcloth material is waterproof, the seams are a bit problematic. Back it up with waterproof stuff-sacks for vulnerable gear (Hyperlite makes these, too) and you’ve got dry gear on lockdown. Most lightweight gear is also fragile gear. Not so with Hyperlite. I’d put their sailcloth up against any pack on the market, at any weight. (2400, 3400 and 4400 packs, 28-35 oz., $275-$345)

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest Pack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest Pack

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