There aren't many surprises with the Gregory Stout 75 Backpack, and that's a good thing. Sure, there are some sneaky extra pockets, hidden features, and a no way you'd expect that level of comfort, but mostly the Stout is just a comfortable, rugged gear hauler for all your long backcountry missions. It starts with the TrailFlex wishbone suspension, which uses a flexible backpanel and spring steel internal frame to carry loads of up to 55 pounds without discomfort. That's backed up by Gregory's TrailFit hip belt, which is fully adjustable so your hips, shoulders, and back can share the load as evenly as possible. The Stout carries like a champ, but it also has a series of smartly designed features that make trail life a little smoother, like a stow away rain cover and removable lid that keep your gear dry and lighten your load, respectively. Top and bottom access make it easy to get at gear in different parts of your pack, and front, side, and hip belt pockets keep snacks, layers, maps, and phones accessible. If you're going for the summit, pull out the detachable SideTrack daypack to go extra light the SideTrack doubles as a hanging reservoir sleeve when it's inside the Stout. Gregory also built in loops to carry trekking poles and ice axes, compression straps for extra gear or sleeping pads, and a series of daisy chain loops that are designed to carry portable solar panels but work as lash points for whatever other essential gear you decide to bring.