The folks at Big Agnes have been making innovative tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags for a long, long time, so it’s no surprise to see them add some unique elements to their first line of packs too. We’re especially fond of the Prospector and the women’s specific Sun Dog, medium-sized backpacking packs that hit a real sweet spot on storage capacity, weight, and trail-ready features. They have roll-top entries but they also employ a rear panel-accessed zippered entry that we’ve seen on ski and snow packs but never on backpacking packs and, honestly, we’re not sure why. It allows you to put the pack face down when you need to get into it so that when you pull it back on you aren’t pressing the dirt, dust, moisture, or snow against your back. The packs have plenty of other features to and one we really appreciate is the addition of a removable “Trash Can” accessory so you can pack out any of the scraps you pack in or even help pick up trash that others have left behind.
Best Use: Hiking and Backpacking
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