Ultimate Backpack Compendium

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BrandNameColorsSizing AvailableWeightMaterialWater ResistantFrameLead TimeClosureWeight LimitInternal LitersExternal Liters# External PocketsShoulder Strap WidthHip BeltBear CanHydration SlotFit in Airplane
Carry On
Side Pocket Size
Outdoor VitalsShadowlight 45
Dark Blue
Arctic
Small: Under 18"
Regular: 18.0" - 21.0"
Tall: 22.0" +
1lb 14.5ozSpectra / Robic ripstop fabricWP Rating 1500mm HH24" (vertical) Aluminum AlloyNone ListedRoll Top
Zipper Front
Up to 35lbs+45LUnlisted4 Side Pockets - Low Water bottle pocket, with a pocket above to hold even more gear
2 Split Back Mesh Pockets
UnlistedUnlistedTop cinch strapYes
Outdoor VitalsShadowlight 60Dark Blue
Arctic
Small: Under 18"
Regular: 18.0" - 21.0"
Tall: 22.0" +
1lb 15.5ozSpectra / Robic ripstop fabricWP Rating 1500mm HH24" (vertical) Aluminum AlloyNone ListedRoll Top
Zipper Front
Up to 35lbs+60LUnlisted4 Side Pockets - Low Water bottle pocket, with a pocket above to hold even more gear
2 Split Back Mesh Pockets
UnlistedUnlistedTop cinch strapYes
HMG2400 SouthwestWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 1.88lbs
Black: 2.02lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40lbs40L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG3400 SouthwestWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 1.98lbs
Black: 2.18lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40 lbs55L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG4400 SouthwestWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 2.45lbs
Black: 2.45lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 60 lbs70L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG2400 WindriderWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 1.87lbs
Black: 2.02lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40lbs40L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG3400 WindriderWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 1.98lbs
Black: 2.17lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40lbs55L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG4400 WindriderWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 2.43lbs
Black: 2.43lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 60 lbs70L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG2400 JunctionWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 1.88lbs
Black: 1.99lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40lbs40L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
HMG3400 JunctionWhite
Black
Small: (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
Medium: (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
Large: (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
Tall: (21.0”+ torso)
White: 2.0lbs
Black: 2.15lbs
DCH50
&
DCH150
YesRemovable, contoured aluminum staysNone ListedRoll TopUp to 40lbs55L9.8LThree, 2 side, 1 large back3/8” closed cell foam1/8” Closed Cell Rigid Foam
1/4” Closed Cell Foam
Spacer Mesh
Top Y-Strap CompressionInternal 8" x 14” mesh sleeve
ZpacksArc Air 50L BackpackArmy Green
Azure Blue
Black
Grey
Small: (17.0” - 20.0” torso)
Medium: (20.0” - 23.0” torso)
Tall: (23.0” - 26.0" torso)
Small: 18.6oz
Medium: 19.0oz
Tall: 19.2oz
Dyneema® Composite Fabric (Hybrid)YesCurved Carbon Fiber Air Stays6 WeeksRoll TopAround 35 lbs (16 kg)37L13LThree
1x 2.5L each side pocket
1x 8L center pocket
3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured shoulder straps3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured hip beltAll standard Bear Canisters will fit in the upper half of this pack standing on endNoneshort and medium size frames will fit into an airplane overhead binSide pockets are sized to fit 1 or 1.5 liter bottles
ZpacksArc Air 50L ROBIC BackpackJet Black
Army Green
Azure Blue
Burnt Orange
Storm Gray
Small: (17.0” - 20.0” torso)
Medium: (20.0” - 23.0” torso)
Tall: (23.0” - 26.0" torso)
Small: 20.6oz
Medium: 21.0oz
Tall: 21.2oz
ROBIC® nylon with a C6 durable water repellentYesCurved Carbon Fiber Air Stays6 WeeksRoll TopAround 35 lbs (16 kg)37L13LThree
1x 2.5L each side pocket
1x 8L center pocket
3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured shoulder straps3/8" thick by 2.5" wide padded contoured hip beltAll standard Bear Canisters will fit in the upper half of this pack standing on endNoneshort and medium size frames will fit into an airplane overhead binSide pockets are sized to fit 1 or 1.5 liter bottles
ZpacksArc Air 60L ROBIC Backpack
ZpacksArc Air Zip 62L ROBIC Backpack
ZpacksArc Scout 50L Backpack
ZpacksArc Blast 55L Backpack
ZpacksArc Haul 62L Backpack
ZpacksArc Zip 57L Backpack
ZpacksArc Haul Zip 64L Backpack
ZpacksSub-Nero 30L BackpackFrameless
ZpacksSub-Nero 30L ROBIC BackpackFrameless
ZpacksNero 38L BackpackFrameless
ZpacksNero 38L ROBIC BackpackFrameless
OspreyAETHER™ PLUS 85
OspreyAETHER™ PLUS 100
OspreyAETHER™ PLUS 70
OspreyAETHER™ PLUS 60
OspreyARIEL PLUS 85
OspreyARIEL PLUS 70
OspreyARIEL PLUS 60
OspreyAETHER™ 65
OspreyAETHER™ 55
OspreyARIEL 65
OspreyARIEL 55
OspreyARCHEON 70 MEN'S
OspreyARCHEON 45 MEN'S
OspreyARCHEON 65 WOMEN'S
OspreyARCHEON 45 WOMEN'S
OspreyATMOS AG 50
OspreyATMOS AG 65
OspreyAURA AG 50
OspreyAURA AG 65
OspreyAETHER PRO 70
OspreyARIEL PRO 65
OspreyEXOS 48
OspreyEXOS 58
OspreyEJA 48
OspreyEJA 58
OspreyROOK 50
OspreyROOK 65
OspreyRENN 50
OspreyRENN 65
OspreySTRATOS 50
OspreySIRRUS® 50
OspreyXENA 70
OspreyXENA 85
OspreyKESTREL 48
OspreyKYTE 46
OspreyLEVITY 45
OspreyLEVITY 60
OspreyLUMINA 45
OspreyLUMINA 60
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Seirra Designs