Sierra Designs Nexus Lite 40-50L

Man hiking with Sierra Designs pack
Sierra Designs

We’re not sure we’ve ever seen a backpacking pack as innovatively modular as the Nexus Lite. First off, it’s completely zipperless and, when done right, this design is hugely appealing in its removing one of the most frequent failure points of any gear. But what really stands out on this pack is its ability to change configurations with the use or removal of both a top lid and a front garment bag, the latter of which has a soft lining that enables it to be used as a pillow. All of these features are great but wouldn’t mean much if the pack didn’t carry effectively. Thankfully, a lightweight aluminum frame, a strategically padded suspension, and broad strap adjustability ensure that the pack carries just fine.

Best Use: Backpacking

Price: $299.95

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