The Best Backpacks for Under $150

From the school bus to the mountain, these packs will hold your gear and look great

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A backpack is more than just a container to store and tote your gear—a backpack is a symbol of adventure. These packs allow us the opportunity to explore without weighing us down.

Slideshow: Best Backpacks

Backpacks go where other bags can’t—up mountains, through deep woods and out on the water. These amazing packs are the first choice for many travelers, athletes and school kids for their style and functionality. Everyone needs to take along their gear, whether it be crampons or crayons, backpacks are the ultimate adventure bag. 

With the beginning of the school year just around the corner, we sought out the best backpacks that will handle everything from books to trekking gear. The packs on our list are versatile, top-of-the-line bags that will hold up through any adventure but won’t break the bank. If you’re looking to take on that next big peak or simply organize your technology for travel, take a look at the backpacks on our list.

Mist Hydration Pack from Outdoor Products

The Mist Hydration Pack comes with a 2-liter bladder—and that’s only the first feature. The pack is big enough to hold whatever you might need on your long run or hike, but small enough not to feel like a burden. Two front zipper pockets, an expandable front pocket and reflective accents put this pack on every runner’s wish list.; $30-50

Heli Pack 11L by Dakine

This little pack is the ultimate mountain companion. The perfect size for a day in the snow, the 11-liter pack is discreet and attractive with all of the features you could want. The pack is able to carry either a set of skis or a snowboard along with a shovel in an outside pocket. The Heli pack also features an insulated hydro sleeve, a fleece lined goggle pocket and a rescue whistle built into the sternum strap.; $70

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