We test the load ca­pa­bil­ity, com­fort, and ver­sa­til­ity of nine new back­packs for hunters

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a tech­ni­cal pack with a se­ri­ous price tag, the 1,850-cu­bic-inch Icon Pro is de­signed for back­coun­try jaunts and ex­tended day hunts, en­abling the goal of every moun­tain hunter: to go in light and come out heavy. The mod­u­lar pack—you can add pock­ets, bow or ri­fle car­ri­ers, and straps, or you can at­tach the Icon’s bag to other Kuiu frames—is built around an ad­justable car­bon frame that fits a range of torso lengths, al­though it was too small for the largest of our team and too large for the smaller testers. The pack is strong as hell. The frame is rated to 125 pounds, and un­der a load of 80 pounds of rocks and pota­toes, the Icon was bal­anced and com­fort­able.

The Icon scored well on ad­justa­bil­ity and ver­sa­til­ity con­sid­er­a­tions, but the mois­ture-re­pelling rip­stop ny­lon ma­te­rial abraded eas­ily. Still, for an extra-duty meat-haul­ing champ, the in­vest­ment-grade Icon is at the head of the class.

Kuiu’s Icon Pro 1850 is a superb back­coun­try back­pack. score: 84.7 price: $425

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