Big backpack, small backpack
This backpack from Sierra Designs deserves a look on its name alone, the Flex Capacitor, hearkening back to everyone’s favourite time-travel movie from the 1980s. But the flexible capacity this backpack is referring to is its ability to transition from a 40-litre pack to a 60 litre pack though an ingenious system of cinch straps. Pack everything you need for either a short or long trip, keeping everything snug in the process. Of course, the concept only works if the rest of the pack’s features are up to par, and the Flex Capacitor hits all those marks as well.
The ultralightweight design (just two and a half pounds when empty) ensures that you’re not carrying more ounces than necessary, while the Y-Flex suspension system make carrying the weight as comfortable as possible. $200, sierradesigns.com
Sierra Designs’ Flex Capacitor.