Black Diamond Mercury 75 Backpack
Also, it’s enormous – perfect for a multi-day backpacking trip, yet comfy enough that you’ll use it for smaller excursions as well. It doesn’t feel enormous.
It offers the benefit of a large, open, internal compartment, and several organizing pockets which are very accessible on the back of the pack. It also includes several other features like a water bladder holder and elastic straps to quickly affix your trekking poles. The only things I miss are a better ice axe loop and maybe a couple webbing loops for clipping random stuff on.
I bought mine for a 3-day, 30-mile trek around the Tetons last year and instantly fell in love. It carried everything I needed comfortably and provided quick access to my gear whenever I wanted. It also weighs a few pounds less than my old expedition pack, which I greatly appreciated!
Ya gotta love Black Diamond, our very own local Wasatch Front company, if not for their brilliant innovation, then for their outstanding customer service. Visit them online at blackdiamondequipment.com or their storefront & HQ at 2092 East 3900 South in Salt Lake City (er, Holladay).