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We have a wide variety of packs for any type of trip - ultralight trekking in the backcountry, two-month adventure across Europe; or for tackling Everest. Pick your pack based on the type of trip you envision taking; how much gear you need to carry; and your torso length. Read the detailed product description for each pack, but here's a quick guide:
For the typical weekend or 3-4 day trip carrying gear for yourself, consider one of our Medium Capacity Backpacks.
For a week-long trip, or weekender where you're packing a lot of gear and food for yourself and maybe others, one of our Hi Capacity Backpacks will do the trick.
We also have some Lightweight Packs for those trips where every ounce counts and Expedition Packs for those that are a little more serious about their backcountry adventure.
Within each pack style you may have to select a torso length - the length along your spine, starting at the top at the C7 vertebrae, which is the bone at the base of your neck that sticks out when you bend your neck forward, down to your lower back even with those hip bones that stick out and support your spare tire – the iliac crest is what that’s called. It’s tricky to measure yourself, so get a friend with a measuring tape to help you figure it out. For a picture/diagram of how to measure your torso, see here. And just because you think you're tall doesn't mean you have a "long" torso - you might be all legs - so always measure to be sure.
Learn more about backpacks, including the pros and cons of externals vs internals; info on fitting; how to load up with your gear and how to select the best pack for you. We also have a series of videos about backpacks. Or just give us a call at 800-994-4537 to ask any questions about the best backpack for your needs.