Backpack to the Future: Five trends in pack design and technology

May 2, 2011

Backpack styles have proliferated in recent years, creating a dizzying rainbow of high-tech, specialized designs in all shapes, sizes, and weights. Today’s packs are often created for very specific activities. A growing spectrum of load-carrying technology is used. Lightweight and ultralight styles are increasingly common. An astonishing range of fit adjustments are available. And recycled fabrics have finally begun to appear in pack construction. Expect all of these trends to continue in the years ahead…

This column originally appeared in the April edition of AMC Outdoors Online. You can read the full story here.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.