OUT­DOOR RE­SEARCH DRY SUM­MIT PACK HD

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OUR TAKE When con­di­tions were nasty but we needed to go light, we grabbed the Dry Sum­mit Pack. PU-coated, seam-sealed ny­lon and waterproof pocket zip­pers make this roll-top pack fully sub­mersible, as one tester dis­cov­ered when his load tum­bled into a not-quite-frozen glacial lake on Ore­gon’s Mt. Jef­fer­son. It stashes a puffy, bivy sack, and snacks, and it’s com­fort­able to carry, too. (Stretchy mesh side pock­ets hold wa­ter bot­tles.) “Many waterproof packs are ba­si­cally a dry­bag with shoul­der straps,” one tester says. “This has wide, lightly padded straps, and a sec­tion of thicker ny­lon that pro­vided a bit of cush­ion against my back.” (Some testers placed a foam sit pad in­side to keep hard­edged gear from pok­ing into them.) The straps and a web­bing hip­belt ably sup­ported 15-pound loads on our tester’s ski tours and climbs around the Alaska Range. THE DE­TAILS One of the light­est packs we’ve tested in this cat­e­gory, the Dry Sum­mit Pack com­presses down to co­conut size to fit into your big-load hauler for sum­mit bids from base­camp. It holds ice axes or trekking poles, and at­tach­ment points of­fer op­tions to lash snow pick­ets or a sleep­ing pad. Ding: The chest buckle is flimsy; our sam­ple broke dur­ing nor­mal use. TRAIL CRED “My shoul­ders didn’t ache when I stuffed the pack full with 23 pounds of gear and climbed Alaska’s Moose’s Tooth,” our tester says.” $95; 13 oz.; 28 liters; one size; out­door­re­search.com

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