Adventurous people know the importance of a good backpack; one that is sturdy, padded and provides tons of storage. It’s important to have a backpack that helps you stay organized, keeps your valuables safe and your essentials at arm’s reach.
The back is sensitive, which is why you should invest in a durable backpack that will provide comfort and evenly distribute the weight across your body.
With the help from various reviews and websites – outdoorgearlab.com and gearpatrol.com – I have compiled a list of the best backpacks for every adventure.
If you are about to embark on a multi-day backpacking trip, this is your must-have backpack. The Altra 65 Backpack provides the ultimate comfort for long days. It has a pivoting waist belt and a new suspension system which delivers a lightweight feel with great support. Also, store your essentials in its efficient compartments – stretch-mesh stash pockets on hipbelt and two WingmanTM one-handed easy access pockets.
This is an award winning backpack, perfect for your backpacking and hiking adventures. It features a removable floating top lid, removable sleeping pad straps, dual zippered front panel pockets, compression straps, a trekking pole attachment and an adjustable harness. The Atmos AGTM 65 provides you with extra external storage and organizational options – Dual zippered front panel pockets.
The Baltoro 65 Pack was the winner of Backpacker magazines 2015 Editors’ Choice Gold Award, and we can definitely see why. It’s the perfect backpack for every individual – you can customize it to your fit. It has three harness options, five hipbelt sizes and offers 15 different fit combinations. Keep your valuables safe in its weathershield pocket, attach your trekking poles to its exterior shockcords, and use the sidewinder bottle holster for easy access to hydration.
This is a highly technical, easily adjustable multi-day backpack. The LUSTEN 35 contains a hydration port, tool loops, a water resistant barrier and an adjustable torso length with a dual density shoulder harness. Also, enjoy the ease in packing and unpacking because this pack allows you access to items near the middle, without having to take out all of the gear above.
If you are looking for a backpack that provides quick access and tons of storage, look no further than the Rongbuk 28 by Granite Gear. It has a front stretch pocket, hip belt and hip stabilizer pockets, shoulder strap pockets and a front stretch pocket. This pack has reflective tabs for enhanced safety, a hydration compatible sleeve, dual axe loops and a haul loop. A review on Granite Gear says: “Many features and compartments make it easy to use. Very light weight, great for a long day on the trail, or a bike commute to work.”
Whether you are embarking on a day hike or a 3-day adventure, the Karadon 40L is just what you need. It has a padded waist belt and padded shoulder straps for the ultimate comfort, internal organization with open side pockets, an open front pocket to store your essentials, and a reflective light blinker loop for protection on your night hikes.
You can’t go wrong with the Cobra 60 by The North Face. It delivers excellent performance in harsh mountain environments. This backpack features a floating lid, oversized crampon pocket, removable hipbelt padding, a stowable helmet, rope and ski carry, a hydration sleeve, reflective hits, and a removable frame sheet. “Very comfortable no matter how full or empty [the] pack is. No need for a rain cover water resistant,” one review said.
The Scout 3400 is a durable hiking backpack. It provides support and protection during even the roughest hikes. It features a multi-position torso adjustment, a rugged internal frame, hip padding and top, bottom, side and front compression straps. Also, store your essentials – ski poles, shovel, ice axe – on its gear loops.
Keep your load balanced while descending through rough terrain with the Escapist 18. This backpack is perfect for your hiking and biking adventures. It features a helmet attachment system, front organizer pocket, integrated raincover and a blinker light attachment so you can be seen in the dark. It’s lightweight, supportive and comfortable.
The Banchee 65 has set a new standard for technical hiking packs. It has enough space to carry big loads and contains enough versatility to handle any backcountry adventure. It features eight pockets for multi-day excursions, a dynamic aluminum frame for load control, a suspension system for a comfortable and secure fit and a breathable beaver-tail pocket for drying wet gear. A review on The North Face says: “This is the best backpack I have ever owned. It is lightweight and comfortable, not to mention really sharp.”
Are you an avid cyclist? If so, the Rapha Backpack is a must-have. It features ultimate padding specifically designed for a road biking position. This pack is water-resistant, has reflective dots, an outer key compartment and an expandable five-liter compartment. “Panels that follow the curve of your back (while letting in air to prevent sweat) a laptop sleeve, and a stowaway rainproof cover make for the ultimate cycle-to-work bag," one review said.
The Trans Alpine 26 SL is suited for all of your mountain biking needs. It features an integrated rain cover, a zipped map compartment and easily accessible pockets. This backpack has a sternum strap for secure riding, a hydration system, formed shoulder straps for comfort, a sitting mat, and a helmet holder.
The M.U.L.E is one of the bestselling packs from Camelbak. It is designed to carry all of your essentials – helmet, pump, lunch, phone, etc. It features a XV back panel, bike tool organizer pocket, four-point compression, a magnetic tube trap and helmet hooks. One reviewer wrote: “I have been using the MULE for about 4 years now about 12-20 weekends a year to hike the mountains around my house. Camelbak hit it out of the park. It carries what I want, keeps me hydrated, and you completely forget it is there until you need a drink.”
Stay hydrated with the RIG 1210 hydration pack. It features a pressurization system for convenient in-line plug-and-play filtration for on-the-go access to natural fresh water sources. This pack has pockets to store your essentials and comes equipped with a rain cover to protect your gear in harsh weather conditions.