b'PACKSLoadManagementMake light work of big haulsBY ELIZABETH MILLER AND JUSTIN NYBERG GregoryMaven 65 $250Built for comfort-minded back-packers who carry heaps of gear, the womens Maven 65 (and mens Paragon 68) has one of the most effective trampoline-style suspension systems weve ever seen. Wings of stretchy nylon at the lumbar produce a snug, wraparound fit for superior weight distribution and allow the sturdy, padded mesh hipbelt to pivot with each stride, keeping the pack blissfully stable under oxen-grade loads. It feels like a bear hug on your back, a tester said. Gregory goes full bore on the feature set, with side- and bottom-access zippers, a floating lid, phone-size pockets on the hipbelt, an adjust-able back panel, and an integrated rain cover. But because its built on a flexible aluminum frame, the pack remains featherl ight. 3.7 lbs (mens) / 3.5 lbs (womens)48OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 | HIKE AND CAMPSBG20_HIKE_GOYPacks_rlsd_448779.indd 48 3/31/20 10:58 AM'