There is a relatively small subset of campers who are totally OK with spending two-weeks or more in the wilderness. Some of them even prefer it to civilized life. (Maybe they’re the smart ones, in this era of global conflict and all-consuming tech.) Sometimes it’s just good and necessary to get away from it all — and for that, you’ll need a proper expedition pack, capable of hauling 60+ pounds of survival essentials for extended trips in the woods. Without it, you’ll come crawling back to civilization in no time.
Mystery Ranch Terraplane
The 82-liter Terraplane is one of the very few modern expedition packs that has retained its retro soul, as seen in the exterior torpedo pockets (excellent for stashing cookware or a small tent), double lids and a rolltop sleeping bag compartment. Modern details include compression straps, zippered side access, integrated water bladder pocket and more.
Kuiu Icon Pro 7200
The Icon Pro is designed for hunting — “ULTRALIGHT HUNTING” is embroidered right on its face — but that’s not all it can do. For one thing, it’s insanely light (a little over 5 pounds), which is seriously impressive, given its ginormous size (117 liters). And then there’s the carbon fiber back frame, designed to comfortably haul heavy loads for over two weeks. All the other stuff — pockets, loops, adjustments straps — round it out as not just a hunting-specific pack, but a technically advanced expedition pack for all manner of extended camping trips.
Osprey Zenith 105
Got plans to spend a month alone in the Himalayas? Here’s your pack. The Zenith 105 is an all-around expedition pack with an assortment of mountaineering-specific features, like inner wire suspension (for stabilizing the pack when you’re scrambling over rocks), side compression straps, trekking pole or ice ax loops, and an exceptionally ergonomic, aerated back panel. Like most expedition packs, it’s a top-loader, but there are also access points on the sides and front, so your gear is always within reach.
Rivendell Mountain Works Giant Jensen
Rivendell Mountain Works created the 72-liter Jensen over four decades ago. Today, it’s the exact same pack. And it’s still just as strange: corduroy pack panel, leather attachment points, frameless design, bulging balloon shape and more. You simply won’t find another pack like it.
The North Face Fovero 85
Another all-around 85-liter expedition pack with an emphasis on jagged, mountainous terrain. Five-directional compression straps keep everything tight and close to your back (an essential function of all hiking packs), the top pouch detaches to become a day pack, and a beaver-tail pocket stores wet gear.
Aer has quickly made a name for itself by modernizing the gym bag in a variety of ways. The Duffel Pack unites most of the brand’s best features into one versatile pack. Highlights include a large front-loading main compartment, a padded laptop pocket that fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and a dedicated bottom compartment that’s perfect for a pair of running shoes or dirty clothes. It’s why we’ve decided to stock it in our own Gear Patrol Store. Buy Now: $150 (Black) | $150 (Gray)
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