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Small and Mighty

BEST FIT Gregory Miwok 12 / Maya 10

OUR TAKE On days when we were speeding down the trail, this pack and its body-hugging fit were an easy pick. Clever use of foam and stretchy mesh allow the shoulder straps and hipbelt to flex and relax like tendons, so the Miwok stayed glued to one tester’s back on a 10-miler in Montana’s Bighorn Mountains. Our tester easily adjusted the torso length (the Miwok and Maya each have a 5-inch range, almost unheard of in daypacks) via a Velcro flap, which also accesses a hidden pocket between the backpanel and packbag that’s ideal for passports and credit cards.

Our tester fit 2 liters of water, a puffy, a shell, and a sandwich in the pack—the Miwok can’t hold much more. Rectangular cutouts in the foam backpanel provide venting, but some testers reported that the extra-wide hipbelt got sweaty in 85°F

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