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Camelback Mule

Hydration pack with a 100 oz (3L) reservoir and a LITTLE room for a few other items.
Camelback Mule
Gregory Z 35 Backpack

Nice long day hike or overnight pack. Plenty of pockets and packs well. Good suspension which keeps back reasonably dry.
Gregory Z 35 Backpack
Gregory Z Pack

Good for a long day trip or overnight. Packs big but carries easily.
Gregory Z Pack
Gregory Z30

Good for a long day trip or overnight. Packs big but carries easily.
Gregory Z30
Indigo Designs Rox 40 Pack

Packs is streamlined and even has a "cafe" pouch to hold water bottles out of the way.
Indigo Designs Rox 40 Pack
Kelty Redwing Pack

This pack has been a standard for some time. Good basic pack without too many extras. Now bladder compatible. Rugged.
Kelty Redwing Pack
Marmot Vapor 30

A day pack that is just the right size for one person to carry all their "stuff" for one day. Sleek design and good fit.
Marmot Vapor 30
Millet Peuterey 40 Backpack

Nice pack with many winter specific features but good for all seasons. Durable but a little heavy.
Millet Peuterey 40 Backpack
Mountain Hardwear Supernatural 40L

Nice pack that takes some getting sued to. A manual would be helpful.
Mountain Hardwear Supernatural 40L
MountainSmith Phantom

A pack that may be too large for a day but is just right for an overnight.
MountainSmith Phantom
North Face Hotshot

The only pack I had for a long time. Still use it on short hikes in the winter. Not bladder compatible.
North Face Hotshot
Osprey Aether 70 Backpack

Osprey's answer for multiday trips. Typical superb Osprey fit and support for heavier loads over longer distances and for longer times.
Osprey Aether 70 Backpack
Osprey Atmos 50

A little bigger than a day pack. Unique shape and suspension. Mesh back panel reduces sweating.
Osprey Atmos 50
Osprey Eclipse 36

Straight jacket compression system keeps any load in place. Plenty of room and plenty of places to store gear.
Osprey Eclipse 36
Osprey Talon 33

Well designed pack in WEIRD colors from Osprey. More conventional design than Atmos. Holds a lot for its size but carries well.
Osprey Talon 33
Osprey Talon 44

Ultralightweight pack sacrifices padding for weight. Packed well it carries nicely. Adds top removable pack as a feature.
Osprey Talon 44
Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 Backpack

Light small volume pack that holds a load of gear. Drawback may be just one large compartment. Bungee system allows attachment of equipment to the outside of the pack. Has pockets for water bottles and is hydration compatible.
Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 Backpack
Vaude Tec Rock 32 Backpack

Small, light pack meant for climbing or day hiking. Streamlined WITHOUT external water bottle pockets.
Vaude Tec Rock 32 Backpack
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