What do you get when you strip the frame from a mid- to heavy load backpack? A lot less weight and—with this pack's almost-rigid, pliable backpanel, anyway—the weight-transferring ability of a heavier internal frame pack. GoLite's Flash, which notably earned Backpacker's nod for the best all-around ultralight pack in 2012, is made with tougher-than-steel Dyneema and Ripstop Nylon so it can handle wear and tear while you go the extra distance on your next backcountry trek. Simply put, it'll haul lots of gear (a long weekend's worth in the 50L, and close to a week's worth in the 70L) without weighing you down (none of the models weighs in above two pounds!). And, because it's by direct seller GoLite, you get it dirt cheap.
Sale Price: $100 (35L), $110 (50L), $120 (70L)—50% off