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The best ... backpacks for hiking

Five backpacks with new designs and features

Black Diamond Infinity 50
An ergoACTIV hip belt and shoulder straps that slide laterally keep this pack moving with you.
Price: $200
Contact: Blackdiamondequipment.com
Source:
National Geographic Adventure

McHale Alpine
Built with aluminum frames and ergonomic belts, Alpine’s “overperforming” 6-pound bags are sturdy enough to carry up to 120 pounds.
Price: Starting at $400
Contact: Mchalepacks.com
Source:
Men’s Journal

Raptor 6 Osprey
This pack’s HydraLock system compresses its water reservoir to prevent the pressure from dropping.
Price: $79
Contact: Ospreypacks.com
Source:
National Geographic Adventure

GoLite Lite-Speed
An “awesomely simple design” makes this one of the most comfortable haulers out there. Its “slim, body-contouring shoulder straps and hip belt enhance mobility.”
Price: $150
Contact: Golite.com
Source:
Backpacker

Gregory Diablo
The elastic in this pack’s shoulder straps and waist belt are “ingeniously simple additions” that improve a hiker’s “comfort considerably.”
Price: $59
Contact: Gregorypacks.com
Source:
Men’s Journal

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