Best Backpacks

Best Backpacks

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

The White Collection Backpack by Burton

This pack was a designed by Shawn White himself, so style and functionality are a given. The deceptively small pack will hold your skateboard, laptop, oversized headphones and sunglasses, in addition to 30-liters of whatever else you need to bring along. The skate carry straps hide away for a clean look and a side pocket allows easy access to sunglasses or an iPod. Made of durable polyester, this bag is so sure to hold up for the long haul that it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee.; $90

Recon Backpack by The North Face

This 29-liter pack is set for any adventure, be it urban or remote. The pack has sleeves for both your laptop and tablet and also has a hydration port and room for a bladder for your more active trips. Other important features include a removable sternum strap, a stowable hip belt and reflective detailing for safety at night. The pack that specializes in versatility has earned a 4.7 out of 5 star rating.; $100

Amphibian Weather Defense Backpack by Outdoor Products

This waterproof pack is perfect for any adventure, from a rafting trip on the river to a relaxing day at the beach. The Amphibian is made of 420 Denier fabric with TPU coating that can stand up to just about anything. The bag is outfitted with a top carry handle, a trekking pole holder and reflective accents.; $60

See the full review of the 20L Amphibian Backpack here.

2-in-1 Backpack/ Duffel by Eagle Creek

Named to National Geographic’s Adventure Gear of the Year list, this double-duty pack is ready for anything. With a few zippers and strap adjustments, change this backpack into a duffel bag with 15 percent more capacity. The ultra-light bag is washable and folds to a fraction of its size, making it a great choice for any trip.; $80

Osprey Stratos 34 Pack

Described as a “comfortable hauler for peak bagging and other 1-day excursions,” the Stratos 34 Pack is designed to fit a man’s frame perfectly and according to reviewers, it does. The pack includes an integrated raincover, a sleeping bag compartment and sleeping pad straps for overnight trips. Ladies looking for a comparable bag should check out the Sirrus 36.; $120-140

Kånken by Fjall Raven

Fjall Raven’s best-known pack, the Kånken is all about simplicity. Originally made for Swedish school children, this quintessential 16-liter pack is water resistant and features a top-carry handle and a front zippered pocket.; $75

ICON Slim Pack by Incase

For the techie traveler that needs to stay organized, this pack is the ultimate assistant. Back panels designed for comfort and breathability and padded straps help you tote around all the essentials. Inside, there are padded pockets for your laptop, tablet, phone and anything else you need to carry and protect. 840D nylon construction will hold up to all your adventures and the easy access Power Pocket will keep you going, charging your phone and keeping it in reach.; $150