16 Best Hiking Backpacks of 2022: Our Top Picks For Every Budget

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The best hiking backpacks for every budget. Plus, how to know what features you need for your hike or trek and which ones are just added unwanted extra weight.

We’ll introduce you to our favourite backpacking brands and tell you exactly what to look for in a backpack. You need a different one for a multi-day trek like our Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc hiking tours than you do for our Coastal Hike: Costa Brava, Spain to France where all you need is a day pack.

How to Choose the Best Hiking Backpack for You

A backpack is one of your core pieces of gear when hiking or backpacking. A good one, you’ll hardly notice.

A poor fitting or a heavy one without load balancing features will leave you with blisters and sore muscles.  Among the vast array of shapes, styles, and sizes here’s how to choose the best one for you that factors in the type of hiking tours you’ll be doing:

best backpacks for hiking

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Best Hiking Backpacks at a Glance

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Hiking Backpack

Pick the Right Size of Backpack For Your Hike

You’ll find a wide range of backpack sizes. Use this guideline to find the right one for the hike that you’re doing:

  • Day hike: 25 – 40 L 
  • 1 – 3 nights: 30 – 50 L
  • 3 – 5 nights: 50 – 80 L
  • 5+ nights: 70 L+

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Find the Right Fit

Hiking for lengthy periods makes it important to find a backpack that fits your torso. Make sure that it’s long enough but not too long.

If you have a small frame, a women’s backpack may be a good choice since they’re usually shorter and narrower. 

You should also consider the waist and look for one in which around 80% of your backpack’s weight is supported by your hips. This will significantly reduce shoulder strain. I once made the mistake of choosing a lightweight backpack that only offered a flimsy hip belt and my shoulders ached even after day hikes.

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Choose the Right Backback Frame

For most hikers, I’d recommend an internal-frame backpack. They keep you stable on uneven terrain and many include load-supporting technology that transfers the weight to your hips.

If you’re carrying an irregular load like an inflatable kayak, an external-frame backpack could be a good choice.

Frameless backpacks are a good choice if the most important thing to you is keeping your load light. But these are best if you’re not carrying a heavy load.

Decide Which Backpack Features Are Essential

The more gadgets on your backpack the heavier it will be. Decide what’s essential for you depending on the type of hiking that you’ll be doing. If you don’t need certain  features, it’s better to choose a pack that doesn’t have them since they add extra weight:

  • Pockets. I think side pockets are essential, but others are often not necessary. However, it will depend on how you hike and what you carry. For example, I like having a place for my trail logbook so that it doesn’t get wrecked.
  • Padding. It makes your backpack more comfortable, especially for longer trips but adds weight so you have to find a balance.
  • Attachment points. I.e. gear loops for hiking poles, etc.. Consider how many you need. I personally just use the ones for hiking poles and don’t need anymore.
  • Integrated hydration reservoir. This is essential if you hike with a Camelback or similar water reservoir. If not, you don’t need it.
  • Removable daypack/top lid. It may be nice on larger packs but it’s not necessary on smaller ones.
  • Sleeping bag compartment. You only need this if you’re planning on doing overnight hikes.
  • Rain covers. Definitely a must-have for any type of backpack.

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Best Day Hiking Backpacks

You’ll find our recommendations for day hikes below. Also, be sure to check out our Day Hiking Packing List for other gear you need.

1. Deuter Speed Lite 22

Just as the name implies this is a super-light backpack. It’s been designed to fit like a glove. It also comes with external organizational pockets giving you easy access to your water bottle or additional equipment that you might need within reach. The water bottle pockets are slightly bigger than other similar backpacks. Speed Lite 22 is the perfect backpack to have if you’re traveling. Its versatility doesn’t only make it great for long day hikes but also as a great carry-on when traveling.

TYPE OF HIKING: day hiking
WEIGHT:  0.5 Kg
VOLUME: 22 L
GENDER: Women

2. Deuter Speed Lite 12

Lite – The lightest, minimalist back system available from Deuter, the lite back system provides carry comfort for light loads with a padded back panel fully lined with ventilated 3D-Air Mesh. Ergonomically shaped wide AirMesh shoulder straps. Athletic V-cut shape for extensive freedom of movement. Removable single webbing waistbelt. Sunglasses loop on a shoulder strap. Accessory loops for gear or helmet holder attachment. Easy finger pull loops on zippers.

TYPE OF HIKING: day hiking
WEIGHT:  0.5 Kg
VOLUME: 12 L
GENDER: Unisex

3. Gregory Inertia 20 Hydration

It may not be the lightest pack when compared with the previous options, but it is still great for those hikes when you need to be light and fast. It comes with a 3-litre water bladder reservoir, easy-access pockets, and an adjustable harness. The backpack also has a designated system to carry your trekking poles. The Gregory Inertia 20 Hydration has great online reviews for its comfort and a great hiking day pack.

TYPE OF HIKING: day hiking
WEIGHT:  0.75 Kg
VOLUME: 20 L
GENDER: Unisex

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Best Women’s Backpacks

Best Daypacks for Women

Osprey Tempest 20 Women's Hiking Backpack , Violac Purple, X-Small/Small
Osprey Mira 22 Women's Hiking Hydration Backpack , Celestial Charcoal
Arc'teryx Brize 25 Backpack | Daypack for Hiking Travel and Everyday Use | Ladon, Regular
Deuter Women's Trail 28 Sl Hiking Backpack
Osprey Tempest 30 Women's Hiking Backpack Aluminum Grey, WXS/S
Osprey Tempest 20 Women's Hiking Backpack , Violac Purple, X-Small/Small
Osprey Mira 22 Women's Hiking Hydration Backpack , Celestial Charcoal
Arc'teryx Brize 25 Backpack | Daypack for Hiking Travel and Everyday Use | Ladon, Regular
Deuter Women's Trail 28 Sl Hiking Backpack
Osprey Tempest 30 Women's Hiking Backpack Aluminum Grey, WXS/S
Volume
20 L
22 L
25 L
28 L
30 L
Why We ❤️ It:
comes with a hip belt and extra attachments
Dual upper and lower compression straps
versatile - can be used for day hiking to travel to daily use
rugged and fits close to the body for a sleek profile
Stretch mesh pockets on both sides of pack
Weight
1.84 lbs
‎2.77 lbs
1.99 lbs
2.08 lbs
‎2.1 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Tempest 20 Women's Hiking Backpack , Violac Purple, X-Small/Small
Osprey Tempest 20 Women's Hiking Backpack , Violac Purple, X-Small/Small
Volume
20 L
Why We ❤️ It:
comes with a hip belt and extra attachments
Weight
1.84 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Mira 22 Women's Hiking Hydration Backpack , Celestial Charcoal
Osprey Mira 22 Women's Hiking Hydration Backpack , Celestial Charcoal
Volume
22 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Dual upper and lower compression straps
Weight
‎2.77 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Arc'teryx Brize 25 Backpack | Daypack for Hiking Travel and Everyday Use | Ladon, Regular
Arc'teryx Brize 25 Backpack | Daypack for Hiking Travel and Everyday Use | Ladon, Regular
Volume
25 L
Why We ❤️ It:
versatile - can be used for day hiking to travel to daily use
Weight
1.99 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Deuter Women's Trail 28 Sl Hiking Backpack
Deuter Women's Trail 28 Sl Hiking Backpack
Volume
28 L
Why We ❤️ It:
rugged and fits close to the body for a sleek profile
Weight
2.08 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Tempest 30 Women's Hiking Backpack Aluminum Grey, WXS/S
Osprey Tempest 30 Women's Hiking Backpack Aluminum Grey, WXS/S
Volume
30 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Stretch mesh pockets on both sides of pack
Weight
‎2.1 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

Best Hiking Backpacks for Women for 3-5 Day Hikes

Osprey Aura AG 50 Women's Backpacking Backpack
TETON Sports Internal Frame
MOUNTAINTOP 50 Liter Hiking Camping Backpack Backpacking with Rain Cover
Osprey Packs Pack Aura Ag 65 Backpack, Challenge Blue, X-Small
Deuter Women's Aircontact Lite 60+10 Sl Trekking Backpack
Osprey Aura AG 50 Women's Backpacking Backpack
TETON Sports Internal Frame
MOUNTAINTOP 50 Liter Hiking Camping Backpack Backpacking with Rain Cover
Osprey Packs Pack Aura Ag 65 Backpack, Challenge Blue, X-Small
Deuter Women's Aircontact Lite 60+10 Sl Trekking Backpack
Volume
50 L
55 L
50-60 L
60 L
60L + 10L
Why We ❤️ It:
Very comfortable, dual ice tool loops and removable sleeping pad straps
also comes in 45 & 65 L sizes, made of TETON TOUGH construction to stand the test of time
Comfortable, ultralight, separate bladder sleeve
Lightweight, large capacity
Aircontact Lite back system is proven to reduce perspiration by 15%, autocompress
Weight
4.02 lbs
4.29 lbs
3.25 lbs
2.2 lbs
4.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Aura AG 50 Women's Backpacking Backpack
Osprey Aura AG 50 Women's Backpacking Backpack
Volume
50 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Very comfortable, dual ice tool loops and removable sleeping pad straps
Weight
4.02 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
TETON Sports Internal Frame
TETON Sports Internal Frame
Volume
55 L
Why We ❤️ It:
also comes in 45 & 65 L sizes, made of TETON TOUGH construction to stand the test of time
Weight
4.29 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
MOUNTAINTOP 50 Liter Hiking Camping Backpack Backpacking with Rain Cover
MOUNTAINTOP 50 Liter Hiking Camping Backpack Backpacking with Rain Cover
Volume
50-60 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Comfortable, ultralight, separate bladder sleeve
Weight
3.25 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Packs Pack Aura Ag 65 Backpack, Challenge Blue, X-Small
Osprey Packs Pack Aura Ag 65 Backpack, Challenge Blue, X-Small
Volume
60 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Lightweight, large capacity
Weight
2.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Deuter Women's Aircontact Lite 60+10 Sl Trekking Backpack
Deuter Women's Aircontact Lite 60+10 Sl Trekking Backpack
Volume
60L + 10L
Why We ❤️ It:
Aircontact Lite back system is proven to reduce perspiration by 15%, autocompress
Weight
4.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

Best Trekking Backpacks for Women for 5+ Day Hikes

Gregory Mountain Products Women's Deva 70, Antigua Green, X-Small
WintMing 75L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover Waterproof Camping Backpack Shoes Warehouse for Men Women, No Internal Frame (blue)
FLYKEPER 75L Hiking Backpack Camping Outdoor Trekking Bag Durable Waterproof Bag Sport Travel Backpack for Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling, Camping, Desert Brown
MOUNTAINTOP 55L/80L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover (type2-55L-Turquoise)
Osprey Ariel Plus 85 Women's Backpacking Backpack , Black, Medium/Large
Gregory Mountain Products Women's Deva 70, Antigua Green, X-Small
WintMing 75L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover Waterproof Camping Backpack Shoes Warehouse for Men Women, No Internal Frame (blue)
FLYKEPER 75L Hiking Backpack Camping Outdoor Trekking Bag Durable Waterproof Bag Sport Travel Backpack for Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling, Camping, Desert Brown
MOUNTAINTOP 55L/80L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover (type2-55L-Turquoise)
Osprey Ariel Plus 85 Women's Backpacking Backpack , Black, Medium/Large
Volume
70 L
75 L
75 L
80 L
85 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Very comfortable and 3D Air hip belt and shoulder harness
Lightweight, comfortable, large capacity, waterproof
Lightweight, comfortable, multifunctional capacity
divider between the sleeping bag compartment and the main compartment for easy access
front panel zip providing easy access to the main compartment
Weight
5.2 lbs
2.8 lbs
2.7 lbs
3.3 lbs
5.62 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Gregory Mountain Products Women's Deva 70, Antigua Green, X-Small
Gregory Mountain Products Women's Deva 70, Antigua Green, X-Small
Volume
70 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Very comfortable and 3D Air hip belt and shoulder harness
Weight
5.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
WintMing 75L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover Waterproof Camping Backpack Shoes Warehouse for Men Women, No Internal Frame (blue)
WintMing 75L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover Waterproof Camping Backpack Shoes Warehouse for Men Women, No Internal Frame (blue)
Volume
75 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Lightweight, comfortable, large capacity, waterproof
Weight
2.8 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
FLYKEPER 75L Hiking Backpack Camping Outdoor Trekking Bag Durable Waterproof Bag Sport Travel Backpack for Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling, Camping, Desert Brown
FLYKEPER 75L Hiking Backpack Camping Outdoor Trekking Bag Durable Waterproof Bag Sport Travel Backpack for Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling, Camping, Desert Brown
Volume
75 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Lightweight, comfortable, multifunctional capacity
Weight
2.7 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
MOUNTAINTOP 55L/80L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover (type2-55L-Turquoise)
MOUNTAINTOP 55L/80L Hiking Backpack with Rain Cover (type2-55L-Turquoise)
Volume
80 L
Why We ❤️ It:
divider between the sleeping bag compartment and the main compartment for easy access
Weight
3.3 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Ariel Plus 85 Women's Backpacking Backpack , Black, Medium/Large
Osprey Ariel Plus 85 Women's Backpacking Backpack , Black, Medium/Large
Volume
85 L
Why We ❤️ It:
front panel zip providing easy access to the main compartment
Weight
5.62 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

2. Gregory Deva 70

One of the best aspects of this backpack is its ergonomically designed shoulder harness making it extremely comfortable. Plus the sleeping bag compartment is so big that it will fit a lot more than just your sleeping bag. Lastly, the exterior pocket for water bottles is easily located within reach so that you don’t need to be a contortionist. The backpack also comes with its own removable pack cover. There is a small zippered pocket where you can separately store it.

TYPES OF HIKING: 4-5+ days of hiking
WEIGHT:  2.26 Kg
VOLUME: 70L
GENDER: Women

3. Arc’teryx Bora Ar 61
With its ventilated back panels, and its RotoGlide hip-belt you will stay dry and be comfortable all day. This backpack moves with you but at the same time manages to keep your load stable with its functional features. It is meant for technical hiking or trekking. The Bora is one of the most expensive backpacks out there but in this case, price equals quality and comfort for any outdoor adventure.

TYPES OF HIKING: 3-5 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  2.20 Kg
VOLUME: 60L
GENDER: Women

Best Men’s Backpacks

Best Daypacks for Men

TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder; The Perfect Backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or Commuting
Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size
Fjallraven - Kaipak 28 Backpack, Pine Green
Osprey Archeon 30 Men's Hiking Backpack
Osprey Stratos 36 Men's Hiking Backpack, Eclipse Blue, Medium/Large
TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder; The Perfect Backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or Commuting
Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size
Fjallraven - Kaipak 28 Backpack, Pine Green
Osprey Archeon 30 Men's Hiking Backpack
Osprey Stratos 36 Men's Hiking Backpack, Eclipse Blue, Medium/Large
Volume
18 L
24 L
28 L
30 L
36 L
Why We ❤️ It:
lifetime warranty, durable ripstop construction
Adjustable shoulder harness to dial in perfect fit
Simple yet hardwearing in G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S
large hipwing waistbelt for comfort
Lightweight, very comfortable and Integrated and removable raincover
Weight
2 lbs
1.98 lbs
2.31 lbs
3.7 lbs
3.3 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder; The Perfect Backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or Commuting
TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder; The Perfect Backpack for Hiking, Running, Cycling, or Commuting
Volume
18 L
Why We ❤️ It:
lifetime warranty, durable ripstop construction
Weight
2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size
Osprey Stratos 24 Men's Hiking Backpack Eclipse Blue, One Size
Volume
24 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Adjustable shoulder harness to dial in perfect fit
Weight
1.98 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Fjallraven - Kaipak 28 Backpack, Pine Green
Fjallraven - Kaipak 28 Backpack, Pine Green
Volume
28 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Simple yet hardwearing in G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S
Weight
2.31 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Archeon 30 Men's Hiking Backpack
Osprey Archeon 30 Men's Hiking Backpack
Volume
30 L
Why We ❤️ It:
large hipwing waistbelt for comfort
Weight
3.7 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Stratos 36 Men's Hiking Backpack, Eclipse Blue, Medium/Large
Osprey Stratos 36 Men's Hiking Backpack, Eclipse Blue, Medium/Large
Volume
36 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Lightweight, very comfortable and Integrated and removable raincover
Weight
3.3 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

Best Hiking Backpacks for men for 3-5 Day Hikes

Osprey Stratos 50 Men's Backpacking Backpack, Black, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Gregory Mountain Products Men's Baltoro 65, Dusk Blue, Medium
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10
Osprey Stratos 50 Men's Backpacking Backpack, Black, Medium/Large
Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Gregory Mountain Products Men's Baltoro 65, Dusk Blue, Medium
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10
Volume
50 L
55 L
65 L
70 L
65 L + 10 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Comfortable and Removable top-lid with zippered slash pocket
ery comfortable Laptop and tablet sleeve secure in lockable compartment
lifetime warranty, on-the-go water bottle access
Two internal compression straps, Laptop and tablet sleeve
Aircontact Lite back system is proven to reduce perspiration by 15%, autocompress
Weight
3.6 lbs
3.9 lbs
‎4.7 lbs
3.7 lbs
4.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Stratos 50 Men's Backpacking Backpack, Black, Medium/Large
Osprey Stratos 50 Men's Backpacking Backpack, Black, Medium/Large
Volume
50 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Comfortable and Removable top-lid with zippered slash pocket
Weight
3.6 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Osprey Farpoint 55 Men's Travel Backpack Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Volume
55 L
Why We ❤️ It:
ery comfortable Laptop and tablet sleeve secure in lockable compartment
Weight
3.9 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Gregory Mountain Products Men's Baltoro 65, Dusk Blue, Medium
Gregory Mountain Products Men's Baltoro 65, Dusk Blue, Medium
Volume
65 L
Why We ❤️ It:
lifetime warranty, on-the-go water bottle access
Weight
‎4.7 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Osprey Farpoint 70 Men's Travel Backpack, Jasper Red, Small/Medium
Volume
70 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Two internal compression straps, Laptop and tablet sleeve
Weight
3.7 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10
Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 + 10
Volume
65 L + 10 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Aircontact Lite back system is proven to reduce perspiration by 15%, autocompress
Weight
4.2 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

Best Trekking Backpacks for men for 5+ Day Hikes

Osprey Men's Aether Pro 70 Backpack, Kepler Grey, Large
Gregory Mountain Products Denali 75 Liter Alpine Backpack , Basalt Black, Large
MOUNTAINTOP 70L/75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack for Men Women with Rain Cover
TETON Sports Fox Backpack, Aztec Blue (122) , 34" x 16" x 13"
Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men's Backpacking Backpack , Axo Green, Large/X-Large
Osprey Men's Aether Pro 70 Backpack, Kepler Grey, Large
Gregory Mountain Products Denali 75 Liter Alpine Backpack , Basalt Black, Large
MOUNTAINTOP 70L/75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack for Men Women with Rain Cover
TETON Sports Fox Backpack, Aztec Blue (122) , 34" x 16" x 13"
Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men's Backpacking Backpack , Axo Green, Large/X-Large
Volume
70 L
75 L
75 L
75 L + 10 L
85 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Stripped down, lightweight, lean and mean designed for moving fast
top loading design and removable compartments, easy access to critical gear
Large Storage Space, Rain cover, Comfortable and Breathable
loaded with features like a sleeping bag compartment, compression straps, and multiple compartments and pockets for strategic packing
custom fit options for a variety of body types
Weight
4.06 lbs
6.6 lbs
5 lbs
5.5 lbs
5.97 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Men's Aether Pro 70 Backpack, Kepler Grey, Large
Osprey Men's Aether Pro 70 Backpack, Kepler Grey, Large
Volume
70 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Stripped down, lightweight, lean and mean designed for moving fast
Weight
4.06 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Gregory Mountain Products Denali 75 Liter Alpine Backpack , Basalt Black, Large
Gregory Mountain Products Denali 75 Liter Alpine Backpack , Basalt Black, Large
Volume
75 L
Why We ❤️ It:
top loading design and removable compartments, easy access to critical gear
Weight
6.6 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
MOUNTAINTOP 70L/75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack for Men Women with Rain Cover
MOUNTAINTOP 70L/75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack for Men Women with Rain Cover
Volume
75 L
Why We ❤️ It:
Large Storage Space, Rain cover, Comfortable and Breathable
Weight
5 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
TETON Sports Fox Backpack, Aztec Blue (122) , 34" x 16" x 13"
TETON Sports Fox Backpack, Aztec Blue (122) , 34" x 16" x 13"
Volume
75 L + 10 L
Why We ❤️ It:
loaded with features like a sleeping bag compartment, compression straps, and multiple compartments and pockets for strategic packing
Weight
5.5 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?
Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men's Backpacking Backpack , Axo Green, Large/X-Large
Osprey Aether Plus 85 Men's Backpacking Backpack , Axo Green, Large/X-Large
Volume
85 L
Why We ❤️ It:
custom fit options for a variety of body types
Weight
5.97 lbs
Can accommodate a water bladder?
External Pockets?
Available in Different Colors?

1. Osprey Aether Men’s Ag 70 Backpacking Pack 
The Osprey Aether is a great option when you need a technical backpack for a multi-day backpacking trip. It combines Anti-Gravity technology with an adjustable fit. It was designed for comfort when carrying a heavy load. The Osprey Aether is specifically designed to fit a man’s physique in order to ensure the most comfortable fit. It also has a detachable daypack, which adds to its versatility.

TYPE OF HIKING: 5+ days of hiking, thru-hikes, alpine expeditions
WEIGHT:  2.1 kg
VOLUME: 70L
GENDER: Men, the equivalent for women is Ariel 55.

2. Gregory Baltoro 75

Their A3 Suspension automatically adapts to your body and to the terrain making it comfortable for long hikes. It also comes with a Weathershield pocket that is completely weatherproof. This is the backpack for you if you are looking for comfort and versatility and don’t mind some extra weight. It offers great durability and fit for longer hikes. It also offers great packing space and pockets for organization.

TYPE OF HIKING: 5+ days of hiking, thru-hikes, alpine expeditions
WEIGHT:  2.3 kg
VOLUME: 75L
GENDER: Men

3. Mammut Lithium Zip Approach
What makes this backpack unique is its extra-large zipper, making it easy to access your essential gear. It also has plenty of inner and outer pockets to keep your extra gear. It is also made with a water-resistant (5,000 mm) fabric which makes it perfect for hikes that will get more than a little wet. This backpack is well priced and lightweight making it one of the most comfortable packs for beginners.

TYPE OF HIKING: 2 – 5 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  1.7 kg
VOLUME: 50L
GENDER: Unisex

4. Osprey Packs Exos 58 Men’s Backpacking Pack
The Exos (also available in 38 L 48 L size) can’t be beaten if you’re looking for a combination of comfort, ventilation, and an ultralight pack that can carry a heavier load. The Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment is very convenient. There is a sleeping bag strap at the base of the backpack which is perfect if you’re storing a bulkier sleeping bag or mat and need quick access. The backpack is also fitted with what is called a “floating” lid which lets you get more gear and food in than normal backpacks. If your looking to save weight or have no use for the extra space, you can remove the floating lid.

TYPE OF HIKING: 3- 5 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  1.4 Kg
VOLUME: 58 L
GENDER: Men, Eja 58 is the equivalent for women

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Best Unisex Backpacks

1. Deuter Air Contact Lite This backpack provides a good balance between comfort, weight, and ventilation. It also offers flexibility with an additional 10-litre capacity which makes it one of my favorite packs on this list. The Deuter Air Contact Lite backpack is sturdy and therefore perfect for heavier loads. The hip belt is much wider than is usual for hiking backpacks and supports and distributes pack weight efficiently making this one of the best comfortable packs on the market. The innovative Aircontact Lite back system makes heavy loads more manageable.

TYPE OF HIKING: 3-5 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  1.75 Kg
VOLUME: 50+10 L
GENDER: Unisex

2. High Sierra Explorer 55L Internal Frame Backpack
This is a lightweight and comfortable backpack with airflow padding for your back. The straps are comfortable with great padding to make them fit more comfortably on your shoulders. There are also hooks for external accessory carrying and quick access areas for your main load and your sleeping bag. This is the perfect backpack if you prefer hydration packs as there is a special interior pocket that makes it hydration compatible. The backpack does not come with its own bladder though. Pair it with your favourite hyperlite mountain gear and you’re good to go for a few more miles on your next hiking trip.

TYPES OF HIKING: 3-5 days of hiking
WEIGH:  1.85 Kg
VOLUME: 55L/65L
GENDER: Unisex

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The Best Lightweight Backpacks

Whether you are planning an extreme weekend in the mountains or just relaxing in nature, hiking pack weight matters – the less the better. However, you still want to ensure that your lightweight pack is comfortable and functional.

1. Granite Gear Crown2 60
It’s made of a durable fabric that doesn’t compromise its lightweight. The pack is one of the lightest of its kind on the market. Plus, even though it’s designed for 2 to 3-day backpacking trips, with a bit of organization, you can also use it for longer hikes. The Granite Gear Crown2 will allow you to carry around 13 to 14kg comfortably. The stretchy water bottle pockets can easily fit in two bottles on each side and the pack caters for a hydration pack if you choose to use one.

TYPE OF HIKING: 3- 5 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  1.1 Kg
VOLUME: 60 L
GENDER: Men, there is also a Crown2 60 for women

2. Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor
It isn’t often that you see a backpack that can go from 40 L to 60 L. So if you only want one backpack to go on your day hikes and with the ability to expand into something larger for a long weekend hike, this is it. Plus it’s made of fabric with ripstop technology. This backpack has great ratings for its durability and comfort. It’ also has plenty of storage space and is one of the lightest packs on this list. 

TYPE OF HIKING: 1-4 days of hiking
WEIGHT:  1.1 Kg
VOLUME: 60 L
GENDER: Unisex

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3. TETON Sports Ultralight Backpack 
This 70L backpack is quite light considering its size. Plus it comes with the features that all of us hikers love like the adjustable torso, breathable padding, and outer pockets on the waist belt for easy access to essentials. The TETON Ultralight line also offers Hiker 60 and Outfitter 65. This is a great purchase that offers value for money.

TYPE OF HIKING: 5+ days of hiking, thru-hikes, alpine expeditions
WEIGHT:  2 Kg
VOLUME: 70 L
GENDER: Unisex

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What are our favourite backpack brands?

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Best Hiking Backpack Brands

Osprey was founded in 1974 and the headquarters are located in California, USA

They offer a lifelong guarantee so you’ll be eligible for repairs or a replacement. Plus, Osprey backpacks are very comfortable. This is a top choice of many avid hikers that I know.

Gregory Packs was founded in 1977 and the headquarters are located in California, USA. This brand is well known for the quality and sturdiness of its backpacks. Gregory has a zero policy for modern slavery in its supply chain which we love.

Arcteryx was founded in 1991 and the headquarters are located in North Vancouver, Canada. Arcteryx builds products to last to minimize the negative environmental impact. They do this through responsible manufacturing, and community engagement.

Deuter was founded in 1898 and the headquarters are located in Germany. Their backpacks are award-winning due to the strong materials that they use. They are also a member of Bluesign. The world’s strictest standard for environmental protection. I’m a big fan of Deuter as are tons of my friends having lived in Germany for years. 

Kelty was founded in 1952 and the headquarters are located in Colorado, USA. This is the go-to brand when you’re looking for a sturdy backpack that isn’t as expensive as Osprey or Gregory. They don’t tend to get the same reviews but they are good quality for the money.

 

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Marmot was founded in 1974 and the headquarters are located in California, USA. This is another backpack that a lot of hikers love due to how comfortable they are, they actually mould to your back. They also introduced EnviroFree, an initiative to reduce chemical applications in the manufacturing process while still maintaining or improving the quality and performance of the raw materials.

The North Face was founded in 1974 and the headquarters are located in California, USA. The North Face is, among the better quality backpacks out there. They also offer the North Face Renewed, a collection of refurbished clothing that reduces the environmental impact of textile manufacturing.

TETON was founded in 2005 and the headquarters are located in Utah, USA. Teton offers a lot for your money. Their products are a good choice if you’re just getting into backpacking or hiking and aren’t sure you want to invest in an expensive pack.

High Sierra was founded in 1978 and the headquarters are located in Illinois, USA. They’re known for strong yet light backpacks. They’re good for hiking but not as comfortable as the ones at the top of this list based on Amazon reviews. They have all of the basic features and work perfectly well. I would definitely recommend these to first-time hikers.

Granite Gear was founded in 1996 and the headquarters can be found in Minnesota, USA. This relatively recent company is known for creating backpacks that are affordable and have a great design. One of the highlights of Granite Gear backpacks is that you can adjust the waist belt in two different places, giving it a better fit for most people.  They might not be as popular as some of the larger brands but they are certainly worth checking out.

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