Gregory Baltoro 65
The Gregory's Baltoro 65 was noted for its ability to carry big loads without sacrificing comfort. Gregory credits the Baltoro's comfort to its Response A3 suspension system, with its Auto Angle Adjust hip belt and shoulder harness. The adjustable weight belt enabled them to find the most comfortable fit, and under larger loads, the weight transferred successfully to users' hips, instead of their shoulders.
Osprey Exos 38
Ideal for light hikers and fastpackers, Osprey's Exos 38 is among the lightest, most comfortable packs available. Its Airspeed suspension system is framed with a lightweight aluminum alloy to provide support without adding weight, and every point of contact with the wearer is either breathable mesh or ventilated foam. The pack weighs 2 1/2 pounds.
The Arc'teryx Bora sets a new standard for blending comfort, durability and waterproofness. The harness effectively transfers weight to wearers' hips, and the dynamic Load Transfer Disc on the hip belt follows the hiker's movements to keep the pack stable.
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An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.