Actually, the market is filled with backpacks and the options are unlimited. Big names, as Kifaru, MisteryRanch, Kuiu, Badlands, Eberlestock, traditional backpacks as Bisongear, quiver-backpacks as RanchoSafari and new ones, as Tenzing or Easton with his own line of hunting backpacks. For me, many of the actual designs are filled with non sense small pockets, zippers and hundreds of Molle type webbing to attach more non sense pouches. If one brand has all my attention this is Stone Glacier, by far less know than the other ones.
About Stone Glacier, very few “ultralight” packs can say this:
From the Stone Glacier webpage:
After three years of design and testing with loads from 70 to 135 pounds without any structural issues, the goal was to test the pack to failure. Starting with 1 inch steel plates 13” by 25”, I worked my way up to four plates in the pack. Each plate weighed about 85 pounds, 40 pounds a square foot. When it was time to add the third and fourth plate, I welded the plates together, lifted them with a crane, wrapped the Solo around the plates, and set it back down on edge of the welding bench where I could get it on my back. The final load weight on my back was 340 pounds with no damage, failure, or signs of stress. While the goal of testing to failure was not accomplished, the load test did prove the 130 pounds plus rating structurally conservative.
The Solo model, without meat bag and with it, 3.7 pounds, around 1.7 kilos, with a load rating of 130 pounds…
And they are solids, not camo, nice !!!