Jansport has been quietly making some nice little – and not-so-little - backcountry packs for a while now. The Tahoma is an alpine-flavored 75L/4,600ci pack that weighs in at just 4lb 4oz with plenty of features.
Dual ice axe loops with rip-and-stick keepers, dual water bottle pockets, zippered mesh pocket on the hip belt and even a helmet compatible top lid make the Tahoma suitable for moderate alpine routes. A side zippered stash pocket high up on the main bag is great for maps. The top lid floats and doubles as a lumbar pack, and there are compression straps for dialing in the load. The fit is plenty adjustable and various components can be removed to lighten the load further.
The Tahoma carries nicely, and feels sturdy for such a light pack. The profile is narrow enough that it feels maneuverable, and the zipper pulls work well with gloves. The keepers on the straps are a great touch, as anyone who has been brutally whipped in a high wind by flying pack straps will attest. It's hydration compatible with a clip for your hose, and there's a gear loop on the waist belt as well. The Tahoma is a great deal: lightweight, sturdy and feature complete, and while your load might break your back the price won't.