Some “summit packs” don’t amount to much more than straps sewn to a bag and except for being super packable, they woefully lack any real performance features. Not the case with the Pursuit 15. This is a truly technical pack that offers a precision fit and strategic organizational and gear-carrying features to truly help you reach the top of the mountain. It definitely borrows some lightweight, form-fitting DNA from running packs but the fabric has an enhanced strength-to-weight ratio that is better suited to alpine demands and a greater need for overall abrasion-resistance. Black Diamond’s “continuous fit harness” provides a contour-hugging fit that eliminates bounce and chafing which is essential for scrambling and off-trail maneuvering. A quick-pull compression system helps to keep everything secure and numerous quick-access pockets and a simplified trekking pole storage feature add to the pack’s above-treeline performance.
Best Use: Hiking and Running/Fitness
Price: Starting at $149.95
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