Best Backpacks Under 100 Dollars

Best Backpacks Under 100 Dollars

The North Face Jester II

Ideal for both everyday use and adventurous outings, the 27-liter Jester features two large zippered compartments. The front is perfect for stashing smaller items like small snacks, pens and sunglasses and the back includes a padded laptop sleeve for storing electronic devices. Other components include 2 mesh side water bottle pockets, front panel crisscross bungees and a removable hip belt.  “It’s not too bulky, and has just enough organization without having needless extra pockets,” wrote one reviewer.

CAMP Rox Pack

With enough room to store a 70-meter rope, two pairs of shoes, a harness, quick draws, and a map, this 40-liter day pack from CAMP makes managing equipment while on the mountain a no-brainer. Two outside mesh pockets and daisy chains easily accommodate water bottles or other accessories and the ventilated shoulder straps and padded back panel provide adequate comfort on even the toughest climbs.

Camel Bak Cloud Walker ™ 18

With an Air Channel back panel and a main compartment designed to prevent your gear from spilling out when opened, the Cloud Walker™ will keep you cool, collected and of course, hydrated too. On top of its 2-liter Antidote™ Reservoir this pack features two mesh side pockets, integrated lashing points, and three-point compression straps for a stable carry while out on the trails.

5.11 Rush 12

Playing the role of everything from a hunting pack to an emergency go-bag, the Rush 12 is a versatile, high-performance backpack. 16 compartments provide for plenty of storage options and each is designed for a specific use. Adjustable compression straps and a centered sternum belt keeps comfort in mind while the structured inside, which includes an internal admin panel, 60 oz. hydration pocket and a fleece-lined eyewear pocket, will easily keep your equipment organized.

Jansport Watchtower

Beach bums love this bag for its front zippered insulated pocket which is perfect for storing wet gear while on-the-go. Everyone else applauds the Watchtower for its multipurpose capabilities, making it the perfect day pack for everyone from the urban commuter to the casual day-hiker. Other features include a padded sleeve (for laptops or hydration systems up to 3 liters), a tablet pocket, a side water bottle pocket, an inside organizer with a special spot for your phone, and S-curve shoulder straps with a sternum belt for complete comfort. One ecstatic reviewer wrote: “Best bag I've ever had. Wish I had one when I started first grade.”

Jansport Katahdin

Also from Jansport, but a bit more apt for outdoor use, the Katahdin comes equipped with hydration tube management, dual side compression straps, gear loops, a tuck-away hip belt, reflective detailing for nighttime visibility, and two water bottle pockets. The EVA padded back panel and shoulder straps will keep your upper body comfy and with 20 liters of space the pack is guaranteed to hold every essential from an extra layer of clothing and lunch to sunblock, insect repellents and all your electronic accessories.

Under Armour Camden Storm

With a water-repellant DWR finish and polyester abrasion-resistant bottom the Camden Storm is designed to shelter your stash from the elements. A reliable bag for running around town or a rugged road trip, this versatile day pack is the perfect carry-all for everyone from young professionals to adventurous explorers. “I take it to work, take it to the gym and take it on trips,” one happy customer commented.

Dakine Mission 25L

Vertical board carry straps, fleece lined goggle pockets and a padded waist belt make this limited edition pack perfect for the avid surfer in need of a sturdy sack. Inside you’ll find a standard padded laptop sleeve and an organizer pocket, plus two easy access zippered side pockets for all your extra accessories.

Mountain Smith Clear Creek 20

Whether you want to take it on campus or off road, the Clear Creek’s 20-liter two panel compartment will efficiently store everything you need to carry, including a hydration bladder. The front panel pocket makes organization easy with special spots for everything from keys to pens and wallets and phones, and adjustable side compression straps designed to help stabilize your load mean comfort will never be compromised.

Patagonia Yerba Pack 22L

Designed to hold an entire day’s worth of necessities, the Yerba Pack will work for any trip out on the trails. Air Flow mesh shoulder straps will keep you cool when the temperatures turn upward and depending on where you’re headed the padded inside sleeve will smoothly store a laptop or hydration bladder.

Dakine Heli Pack 11L

Dakine designs their packs remarkably well and this bag is no exception. I bought this bag prior to ski season this year and despite its tiny size—11 liters—it is accommodating of all my gear. Every feature was carefully planned for back country efficiency, and the bag carries either skis or boards with ease. From the insulated hydro sleeve to the external shovel pocket, and the well thought out rescue whistle placed on the strap, they thought of it all. This bag is also great for short hikes, as well, but be mindful of size limitations for anything longer. —Diana Gerstacker