Best Expedition Packs

In a world where bigger is more, and more is better, you may become disillusioned and forget the simplicity of intuitive, refined design . Fortunately, expedition packs incorporate the type of forward thinking you would expect from a backpack designed to keep your stuff dry, compartmentalized, and easy to access while being as minimalist and lightweight as possible. Generally, an expedition pack will run in the 4500-7000cu/in range depending on your length of trip. 3-5 Day trips can get by with 4500-6000, while longer trips with no resupplies and the need for lots of gear can require very large packs up to 7000cu/in.


Osprey Xenith/Xena

Both the Xenith (Men’s line) and the Xena (Womens line) pack are fine examples of Ospreys attention to detail in their craft. Ranging from  6407  in its Medium size to 6896 in XL, this line of packs is suitable for 5-15 day trips, and makes everything about your journey easier and more comfortable. Incorporating dual top pockets, stow on the go pockets, ice axe loops and super light weight materials into a refined, sleek package, both packs are top recommendations for your next serious expedition.

mountain hardwear

Mountain Hardwear BMG 105

The BMG 105 is Mountain Hardwear’s best work. Covering the perfect range of sizes Small ( L) to large (7000 cu. in. / 115 L) the BMG can suit all of your needs from a 5-8 day trip to a month long trail repair crew expedition. Weighing in at only  5 lbs-5.6 for the large, the BMG features Versatile Alpine suspension provides outstanding stability, comfort and support. Its skirt extension adds 625 cu. in. / 10L of carrying capacity when needed.

Gregory Whitney 95– The Whitney is Gregory’s answer to the large expedition pack. It certainly stands up to the competition. Ranging in sizes: [small] 5309 cu in, 5797 cu in, [large] 6285 cu in the Whitney runs the gamut of possibilities on large adventures. Made from rugged material, the Whitney still weighs in at under 7lbs Water resistant bottom panels protect your gear from getting wet, and Gregory’s Response CFS suspension system is easily adjusted at 5 points for a comfortable fit.
Lowe Alpine TFX Appalachian 65:85– The Appalachian is a classic Lowe Alpine pack, incorporating their years of experience in the highest eschelon of mountaineering packs. This years design features the upgraded TFX 8 back system, 85 L / 5200 cu in carying capacity and a low material weight of only, 5 lbs 2 oz. Styled with functionality in mind, the Appalachian will be your best friend on a long trip through the backcountry.


Deuter Expedition 90+10- This internal frame backpack from Deuter weights in at only 6 libs, and has a more than ample carrying capacity of 5492-6102 cubic inches via an integrated storm collar allowing expansion. Light weight, yet rated to carry 85+ lbs puts this pack in the forefront of lightweight, high capacity packs. Unlike many other backpacks claiming to incorporate heavy-duty material, he Expedition 90 +10 uses 1000D Duratex and 330D Micro Rip Pro 6.6 fabric to stand up to the wear and tear they know you will put on it.

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