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The 10 Best Camping Backpacks of 2015

We've told you about the best tents for summer and the best pocket knives money can buy, but now your going to need something to throw all that gear in. Just in time for your next outdoorsy adventure, here are 10 of the best, most trusted packs out there.

Gregory Stout 45

Price:$170
Reese Witherspoon chose a Gregory in Wild. Is that enough for you? No? Okay, Gregory's new Stout 45 is extremely comfortable and has a handy Shove-It expanding front pocket for the stuff you need to grab quickly on the trail.

REI Crestrail 70

Price:$165-$240
REI's solid hiking pack isn't about the bells and whistles, it's about focusing on performance above everything else. Available in three sizes, this is a pack that should work for just about everyone and any skill level.

Alite Hatcher Pack

Price:$175
The external frame pack isn’t dead, thanks to Alite. It may be slightly heavier, but it’s got those unmistakable retro camp vibes and gets the job done. Just ask your grandfather.

Vaude Simony 40+8

Price:$190
While this Vaude may have been built for the slopes, it still has the specs to rough it in any climate. Its sternum strap comes with a built-in whistle—handy if you get lost in the woods or caught in an unforeseen and unfortunate avalanche.

Kelty Red Cloud 110 

Price:$240
Far and away the biggest pack on the list, this 108-liter top loader can fit all of your stuff, and then everyone else's too. Its PerfectFIT adjustable suspension system makes carrying all the gear a walk in the...well...park.

Deuter Aircontact 55+10

Price:$250
The Aircontact's stabilization system distributes the pack's load evenly to your hips, making it a breeze to carry all your supplies. Its breathable padding—which contains a pump—circulates air through the back and straps to keep you from experiencing the worst of that gross back-to-bag feeling. 

Exped Thunder 50

Price:$250
Super lightweight and compact, the Thunder gives you 3051 cubic inches of storage in a pack weighing only 3.5 pounds—that's unloaded, of course. And when you're throwing everything you can into a bag, starting light always helps. Your shoulders will thank you.

Osprey Atmos AG 65

Price:$260
We tried this pack on earlier in the year and it feels like you're wearing a cloud, thanks to a high-tech suspension system. A heavy cloud, if you have it fully loaded, but a cloud nonetheless.

The North Face Cobra 60

Price:$250
This pack from The North Face is made to handle everything you could possibly throw at it, from day hikes to mountaintop ascents. If you're really looking to pack light, it can be stripped down to a sleek two pounder by removing the framesheet, hipbelt padding, and top lid.

Arc'teryx Altra 65

Price:$450
This 65-liter beast can be equipped with enough gear to last you on a five-day hike...or just a ton of stuff for a night out in the sticks. Its Load Transfer Disc system makes carrying cargo easy and keeps your pack stable and secure on any terrain.


Brett Williams is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor. All of these would be great overkill for his work commute.

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