The Best Backpacks
The redesigned Osprey Atmos 65 AG backpack is significantly more comfortable than its predecessor and reaches the pinnacle of comfort for a large backpack. The Atmos 65 AG still has the organizational features of the previous model providing versatility and enhancing comfort all in one package.
Simply put, the Osprey Kode 32 has it all for half to full-day forays into the backcountry. This was the single overall favorite out of all the packs in this test. An all-encompassing feature set makes this pack highly versatile in all seasons and its durable and well thought out construction stands out. It’s one limitation—it’ll only carry a single ice tool.
Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20LBackpacks, Overnight Ski Touring Backpacks & Ski & Snow
With a volume of 20L, the Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20 is well-suited for carrying food and layers on days at the resort as well as short forays into the sidecountry and backcountry (don’t count on it for longer days out though). The SnoJo was the smallest of the packs tested and consequently, the lightest.