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TheWireCutter.com – Featuring Farpoint 55 – May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
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After spending over two years traveling the world via dozens of planes, trains, cars, and boats, plus testing 11 packs on the backs of five men and five women ranging from 5 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, we’ve found the best travel backpacks for most nomads: Men (and tall women) will love the Osprey Farpoint 55 M/L and shorter to average-height women will like the highly adjustable REI Grand Tour 80. Both of these bags are big and supportive enough to comfortably carry everything you need to travel across Australia, yet small enough to be manageable navigating the narrow streets of Florence…

We like the Osprey Farpoint 55 M/L because it does most things right and almost nothing wrong. Most of the other packs we considered had one or two serious flaws. The Farpoint 55 M/L delivers on all the core features that travelers find important, but doesn’t overreach to create new problems. It has a great 15-liter daypack that zips onto the back of the 40-liter main pack so you don’t have to deal with carrying two bags when you’re on the go. It also has a zippable cover for the straps so you can check it as luggage without additional hassle from the airlines…

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TheWirecutter.com – Featuring Jet 12 and Jet 18 – April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016
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Upgrade Pick
The Osprey bags are a little bit more tech-oriented than the REI packs, with external hydration bladder pouches and a design that provides superior ventilation by lifting the pack off the wearer’s back.

An Upgrade pick for smaller kids
Osprey Jet 12
An external bladder pocket and superior venting between back and bag caters to the serious trekker tyke.

An Upgrade pick for bigger kids
Osprey Jet 18
An external bladder pocket and superior venting between back and bag caters to kids all the way through their teen years.

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TheWirecutter.com – Featuring Talon 22 – June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

When we think of summer, we think of road trips, beach days and BBQs. Most of the time, all you need to enjoy your summer is some time away from work and your friends. But sometimes having the right gear can help make things better.

So, on the eve of Summer Solstice, we present you with this list of over 80 researched items that we think can enhance–or even allow you to have–an adventure. Although some of these are The Wirecutter or The Sweethome picks researched thoroughly, most of them are casual favorites we found after at least 20 minutes of researching or a few months or years of personal use. We tried to stay away from anything too frivolous, but let us know if we got anything wrong, or if we have missed anything you recommend. We’ll update this guide through the summer.

P.S. Please remember, just because this list is filled with high quality goods does not mean you need all or even most of them. You are capable of having a wonderful, memorable, amazing summer of fun and adventure without too many props. Just grab your friends and say yes to more things than you say no to, and don’t be afraid to scare yourself a little bit in the process. Things will work out just fine. (…)

Backpack (Haul your rations further and more surely)

If you plan on spending much of your summer on the trail, it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated hiking daypack. REI recommends choosing a well-ventilated, comfortable pack with side pockets and compartments with around 30 liters of storage space, enough to hold all of your food, clothing and gear. The Outdoor Gear Lab’s Editors’ Choice is the Osprey Talon 22, which costs $100. At 20-22 liters, depending on size, it’s a little smaller than REI recommends, but Outdoor Gear Lab says its design makes it possible to stuff in as much (or as little) as you need for your hiking. Its helmet attachment and tow loop make it a good selection for bikers as well. Raymond Estrella at Backpack Gear Test likes its ventilated back and comfortable hip strap, vital for long trips in the heat.

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