A solid, dependable option for a great price, the Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack offers plenty of room to store your stuff. Named for the jaw-dropping Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah, you’ll be able to hike down into Bryce or any other canyon with this pack. If you’re looking for a quality external frame pack that won’t break your bank or your back, the Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack might just be it.


This sizable pack offers many design features you’ll enjoy, including plenty of external pockets. There’s numerous zippered side pockets, mesh side pockets, and large mesh water bottle pockets. Fabric is nylon ripstop, and capacity is 3,600 cubic inches. The pack weighs 4 pounds 13 ounces.

Other design features include a sleeping bag compartment, telescoping frame, padded mesh waist belt, and a spindrift collar with draw cord.


If you’re planning a reasonably-long hiking trip, a comfortable backpack is a must. Having to constantly stop and adjust your pack or simply feel uncomfortable the entire time is hardly the way to enjoy a hike, especially if surrounded by the beauty of Bryce Canyon. Easy to load, lightweight, and adjustable, you’ll do well with 30 pounds of gear in this blue backpack, and can even handle 80 pounds without much trouble depending on your height and overall size. It’s still heavier than an internal frame backpack, but in terms of external possibilities it’s definitely a nice option thanks in part to the waist pad. The pad features plenty of cushioning and keeps the pack balanced even when it’s loaded to the very top. This pack’s shoulder straps are also well-cushioned.

Sooo Much Storage

One of the numerous advantages of external backpacks is when designed well, they offer tons upon tons of storage space. The Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack is definitely one of those well-designed options, as it gives you more than enough space for a several-day trek. The many external pockets are fantastic as well, and make it easy for you to store your cell phone, snacks, water bottles, and any other must-haves you’d rather not dig through the pack to find.

No Extension Bar

The Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack does not come with an extension bar, or even the possibility of attaching an extension bar, which is one of its few flaws.

Excellent For Taller Folk

Torso range for this pack is 15 to 20 inches, with it working very well if you’re above average in size. For example, if you’re 5’11 to 6’3 you can easily wear this backpack with no discomfort.


Material is very durable yet lightweight, while zippers actually do their job as they’re supposed to. In other words, they won’t snag if you don’t use extra caution when opening and closing them.


Incredibly comfortable, easy to load, adjustable, and lightweight, the Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack offers a great deal for a great price. You’ll love how much room and how many pockets it features, especially since it’s paired with a highly-reasonable price tag. If you’re planning an extended trip that involves a lot of flat walking trails, you can easily get away with using this bag. It remains comfortable, especially if you keep your pack light, and comforms well to the above-average-size body considering it’s an external option.

How it does on the steep trails at Bryce that lead down into the canyon floor is debatable, but again, it’s one of the most comfortable external packs money can buy. Enjoy using it again and again without it wearing too quickly!

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Review of the Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame Pack
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  • Polyester Ripstop
  • Multiple Shoulder Strap Positions
  • Mesh Pocket on Lower Side Pockets
  • Telescoping Frame
  • Hydration Compatible
  • Vented Lumbar Support

When parent of Boy Scouts ask me what pack they should get for their boys, I recommend the Alps Mountaineering Bryce External Frame because of its cost, adjustability, comfort, and the amount of internal space it has. This is one of our all-time favorite external frame packs for these reasons.

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