How We Tested Backpacking Packs

Ian Nicholson and Chris McNamara

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For more than five months, we loaded these packs with around 80 pounds for side-by-side comparison. We hiked over snow, sand, mud, and ice. We carried each for a while, then switched them with our buddies and climbing partners to get a broad opinion of how each pack felt. We hosed them down with water, used them on overnight trips, and took close notes along the way. We took into account each pack's features and compared them with its weight and usefulness. Most importantly, we took them out on real world trips and lived out of them.

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