Top 200 Best Reviewed Hiking Backpacks - Buyers Guide 2018


Few things feel worse than carrying a hiking backpack that doesn't fit properly. Some hiking backpacks are just not good to walk with, even if the brands call them hiking packs, expedition packs and so on.

It's super important that you spend some time finding a hiking backpack that suits you, so you will enjoy your adventures instead of cursing about your pack the whole time.

You need to make sure the backpack you choose is comfortable to carry over long distances and at the same time, you need to chose the right size and also make sure quality of the pack is good enough.

To help you choose, we have checked 94,669 reviews to find the best reviewed hiking backpacks.

Check out the top 200 list below - and the top 3 most popular hiking backpacks, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular hiking backpacks 2018


Osprey Farpoint backpack
Osprey Farpoint
Rated 4.6 based on 402 reviews.

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Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Rated 4.5 based on 5,765 reviews.

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The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Rated 4.7 based on 11,553 reviews.

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Below is the top 200 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 200 hiking backpacks 2018


Osprey Jet backpack
Osprey Jet
Capacity 12-18 l (732.3-1098.4 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
5.0
13 reviews

Gregory Drift backpack
Gregory Drift
Price range $$
Gregory logo
5.0
3 reviews

Kelty Revol backpack
Kelty Revol
Capacity 50-64.7 l (3050-3950 cuin)
Price range $$$
Kelty logo
5.0
4 reviews

Kelty Yukon backpack
Kelty Yukon
Capacity 47.5 l (2900 cuin)
Price range $$
Kelty logo
5.0
3 reviews

Lowe Alpine Vector backpack
Lowe Alpine Vector
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
5.0
3 reviews

Granite Gear Athabasca backpack
Granite Gear Athabasca
Capacity 23.9 l (1460 cuin)
Price range $
Granite gear logo
5.0
15 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Direttissima backpack
Mountain Hardwear Direttissima
Capacity 50-55 l (3050-3356.3 cuin)
Price range $$$
Mountain hardwear logo
5.0
5 reviews

Mammut Lithium backpack
Mammut Lithium
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Mammut logo
5.0
6 reviews

Deuter Attack backpack
Deuter Attack
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
5.0
4 reviews

Deuter Climber backpack
Deuter Climber
Price range $
Deuter logo
5.0
7 reviews

Vaude Astrum backpack
Vaude Astrum
Capacity 70-80 l (4271-4882 cuin)
Price range $$$
Vaude logo
5.0
17 reviews

Montane Ultra backpack
Montane Ultra
Price range $$
Montane logo
5.0
3 reviews

Fjallraven Kajka backpack
Fjallraven Kajka
Price range $$$$
Fjallraven logo
5.0
20 reviews

Ethnotek Raja backpack
Ethnotek Raja
Price range $$$

5.0
9 reviews

Deuter Groeden backpack
Deuter Groeden
Price range $$
Deuter logo
5.0
19 reviews

Patagonia Ascensionist backpack
Patagonia Ascensionist
Capacity 35-40 l (2135-2441 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.9
3 reviews

Gregory Wander backpack
Gregory Wander
Capacity 52-68 l (3173-4150 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.9
13 reviews

Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor backpack
Sierra designs logo
4.9
9 reviews

Deuter Pace backpack
Deuter Pace
Capacity 28-36 l (1708.7-2197 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.9
10 reviews

Gregory Denali backpack
Gregory Denali
Capacity 75-103 l (4576.8-6285 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Gregory logo
4.9
17 reviews

Osprey Raven backpack
Osprey Raven
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.9
81 reviews

Gregory Tempo backpack
Gregory Tempo
Price range $
Gregory logo
4.9
6 reviews

Lowe Alpine Eclipse backpack
Lowe Alpine Eclipse
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo
4.8
26 reviews

Gregory Baltoro backpack
Gregory Baltoro
Capacity 92 l (5614 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
707 reviews

Kelty Trekker backpack
Kelty Trekker
Capacity 64.7 l (3950 cuin)
Price range $$$
Kelty logo
4.8
15 reviews

Osprey Kyte backpack
Osprey Kyte
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
159 reviews

Osprey Xena backpack
Osprey Xena
Capacity 70 l (4271.7 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.8
29 reviews

Osprey Xenith backpack
Osprey Xenith
Price range $$$$
Osprey logo
4.8
200 reviews

Vaude Asymmetric backpack
Vaude Asymmetric
Price range $$$
Vaude logo
4.8
18 reviews

Gregory Jade backpack
Gregory Jade
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
60 reviews

Kelty Redcloud backpack
Kelty Redcloud
Capacity 64.7-109.8 l (3950-6700 cuin)
Price range $$$
Kelty logo
4.8
11 reviews

Patagonia Crag Daddy backpack
Patagonia Crag Daddy
Capacity 47 l (2868 cuin)
Patagonia logo
4.8
3 reviews

Gregory Amber backpack
Gregory Amber
Capacity 25 l (1525.6 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.8
74 reviews

Osprey Aether backpack
Osprey Aether
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
747 reviews

Osprey Aura backpack
Osprey Aura
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
357 reviews

Osprey Ariel backpack
Osprey Ariel
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
279 reviews

Gregory J backpack
Gregory J
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
13 reviews

Granite Gear Lutsen backpack
Granite Gear Lutsen
Capacity 35-55 l (2135-3356 cuin)
Price range $$$
Granite gear logo
4.8
66 reviews

Patagonia Stormfront backpack
Patagonia Stormfront
4 bag types available.
Capacity 10 l (610 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.8
13 reviews

Osprey Atmos backpack
Osprey Atmos
Capacity 50-65 l (3051.2-3966.5 cuin)
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.8
1,527 reviews

Marmot Graviton backpack
Marmot Graviton
Price range $$
Marmot logo
4.8
4 reviews

Gregory Juno backpack
Gregory Juno
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
8 reviews

Osprey Volt backpack
Osprey Volt
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.7
68 reviews

Osprey Skarab backpack
Osprey Skarab
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
30 reviews

The North Face Recon backpack
The North Face Recon
Capacity 17-31 l (1037.4-1892 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
8,600 reviews

Dakine Eve backpack
Dakine Eve
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
84 reviews

Deuter Aircontact backpack
Deuter Aircontact
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.7
53 reviews

Osprey Kestrel backpack
Osprey Kestrel
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
618 reviews

Marmot Kompressor backpack
Marmot Kompressor
Capacity 22 l (1342.5 cuin)
Price range $
Marmot logo
4.7
171 reviews

Deuter Helion backpack
Deuter Helion
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.7
10 reviews

Exped Lightning backpack
Exped Lightning
Price range $$$
Exped logo
4.7
44 reviews

Mountainsmith Apex backpack
Mountainsmith Apex
Price range $$$
Mountainsmith logo
4.7
44 reviews

Jack Wolfskin Moab backpack
Jack Wolfskin Moab
Price range $$
Jack wolfskin logo
4.7
13 reviews

The North Face Borealis backpack
The North Face Borealis
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
4.7
11,553 reviews

Lowe Alpine Manaslu backpack
Lowe Alpine Manaslu
Price range $$$
Lowe alpine logo
4.7
7 reviews

Deuter Fox backpack
Deuter Fox
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.7
135 reviews

Osprey Escapist backpack
Osprey Escapist
Capacity 18-25 l (1098.4-1525.6 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
1,221 reviews

Patagonia Linked backpack
Patagonia Linked
Capacity 14-16 l (854-976.4 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.7
23 reviews

5.11 Tactical Rush backpack
5.11 Tactical Rush
Price range $$
5.11 tactical logo
4.7
8,479 reviews

Lowe Alpine AirZone backpack
Lowe Alpine AirZone
Price range $$
Lowe alpine logo
4.7
48 reviews

Deuter Traveller backpack
Deuter Traveller
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.7
9 reviews

Thule Versant backpack
Thule Versant
Capacity 50-70 l (3050-4270 cuin)
Price range $$$
Thule logo
4.7
38 reviews

Osprey Talon backpack
Osprey Talon
2 bag types available.
Capacity 33 l (2013.8 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
643 reviews

Osprey Raptor backpack
Osprey Raptor
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
369 reviews

Dakine Prom backpack
Dakine Prom
Capacity 24.6 l (1500 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
6,693 reviews

Slumberjack Carbine backpack
Slumberjack Carbine
Capacity 40.1 l (2450 cuin)
Price range $$
Slumberjack logo
4.7
60 reviews

Thule Upslope backpack
Thule Upslope
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.7
49 reviews

Osprey Skimmer backpack
Osprey Skimmer
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
63 reviews

Kelty Coyote backpack
Kelty Coyote
Capacity 64.7-80.3 l (3950-4900 cuin)
Price range $$$
Kelty logo
4.7
190 reviews

Osprey Farpoint backpack
Osprey Farpoint
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
402 reviews

Osprey Manta backpack
Osprey Manta
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
87 reviews

Deuter Futura backpack
Deuter Futura
Capacity 34-50 l (2074-3051 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
123 reviews

Sherpani Indie backpack
Sherpani Indie
2 bag types available.
Capacity 11.6-20.5 l (710-1251 cuin)
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.6
19 reviews

Deuter Gigant backpack
Deuter Gigant
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
14 reviews

Gregory Stout backpack
Gregory Stout
Capacity 26 l (1586.6 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
52 reviews

Kelty Redwing backpack
Kelty Redwing
Capacity 39.3-50.8 l (2400-3100 cuin)
Price range $$
Kelty logo
4.6
1,809 reviews

Deuter ACT backpack
Deuter ACT
Capacity 35 l (2135.8 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
311 reviews

Kelty Redtail backpack
Kelty Redtail
Price range $
Kelty logo
4.6
13 reviews

Vaude Brenta backpack
Vaude Brenta
Price range $$
Vaude logo
4.6
20 reviews

The North Face Terra backpack
The North Face Terra
Capacity 40-55 l (2440.9-3356.3 cuin)
Price range $$$
The north face logo
4.6
249 reviews

Gregory Zulu backpack
Gregory Zulu
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
215 reviews

Osprey Mira backpack
Osprey Mira
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
83 reviews

Dakine Garden backpack
Dakine Garden
Capacity 19.7 l (1200 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
722 reviews

Maxpedition Fatboy backpack
Maxpedition logo
4.6
902 reviews

Slumberjack Strider backpack
Slumberjack Strider
Price range $$
Slumberjack logo
4.6
6 reviews

Patagonia Nine Trails backpack
Patagonia Nine Trails
Capacity 15 l (915 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
23 reviews

Outdoor Research Isolation backpack
Outdoor research logo
4.6
30 reviews

Osprey Tempest backpack
Osprey Tempest
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20 l (1220.5 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
174 reviews

Quechua Arpenaz backpack
Quechua Arpenaz
Price range $
Quechua logo
4.6
12,373 reviews

Osprey Stratos backpack
Osprey Stratos
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
661 reviews

The North Face Vault backpack
The North Face Vault
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $
The north face logo
4.6
3,399 reviews

Gregory Paragon backpack
Gregory Paragon
Capacity 35-68 l (2136-4150 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.6
49 reviews

High Sierra Rappel backpack
High Sierra Rappel
Capacity 50 l (3051 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.6
143 reviews

Deuter Kikki backpack
Deuter Kikki
Capacity 6 l (366.1 cuin)
Price range $
Deuter logo
4.6
87 reviews

Deuter Speed Lite backpack
Deuter Speed Lite
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
844 reviews

Dakine Mission backpack
Dakine Mission
Capacity 25.1 l (1530 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
1,161 reviews

Dakine Nora backpack
Dakine Nora
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.6
77 reviews

High Sierra Cirque backpack
High Sierra Cirque
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.6
143 reviews

Deuter Airlite backpack
Deuter Airlite
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.5
70 reviews

High Sierra Summit backpack
High Sierra Summit
Capacity 45.1 l (2750 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.5
192 reviews

Maxpedition Sitka backpack
Maxpedition logo
4.5
420 reviews

Osprey Sirrus backpack
Osprey Sirrus
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.5
208 reviews

Dakine Greta backpack
Dakine Greta
Capacity 23.9 l (1460 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
14 reviews

Jansport Hatchet backpack
Jansport Hatchet
Price range $$
Jansport logo
4.5
470 reviews

Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken
Capacity 20 l (1220 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo
4.5
5,765 reviews

Gregory Salvo backpack
Gregory Salvo
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.5
29 reviews

Teton Sports Talus backpack
Teton Sports Talus
Price range $$
Teton sports logo
4.5
30 reviews

Zomake Ultra backpack
Zomake Ultra
Price range $

4.5
3,818 reviews

Granite Gear Virga backpack
Granite Gear Virga
Capacity 26-50 l (1586.6-3051 cuin)
Price range $$
Granite gear logo
4.5
57 reviews

Dakine Capitol backpack
Dakine Capitol
Capacity 22.9 l (1400 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.5
697 reviews

Deuter Giga backpack
Deuter Giga
Capacity 28 l (1708.7 cuin)
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.5
46 reviews

Osprey Daylite backpack
Osprey Daylite
Capacity 13 l (793.3 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
947 reviews

Osprey Viva backpack
Osprey Viva
Price range $$$
Osprey logo
4.5
22 reviews

Gregory Alpinisto backpack
Gregory Alpinisto
Capacity 35-51 l (2135.8-3112 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.5
36 reviews

Quechua Forclaz backpack
Quechua Forclaz
Price range $$
Quechua logo
4.5
5,989 reviews

The North Face Flyweight backpack
The North Face Flyweight
3 bag types available.
Price range $
The north face logo
4.5
90 reviews

Deuter Pulse backpack
Deuter Pulse
Capacity 1.2-2 l (73-122 cuin)
Deuter logo
4.5
5 reviews

Teton Sports Mountain Adventurer backpack
Teton sports logo
4.4
67 reviews

Deuter Quantum backpack
Deuter Quantum
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.4
18 reviews

Gregory Deva backpack
Gregory Deva
Capacity 74 l (4516 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.4
288 reviews

Exped Torrent backpack
Exped Torrent
Price range $$
Exped logo
4.4
28 reviews

Montane Anaconda backpack
Montane Anaconda
Capacity 18 l (1098.4 cuin)
Price range $$
Montane logo
4.4
5 reviews

Thule Stir backpack
Thule Stir
Capacity 15-35 l (915-2135 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
4.4
69 reviews

High Sierra Pathway backpack
High Sierra Pathway
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
203 reviews

High Sierra Titan backpack
High Sierra Titan
Capacity 55 l (3356 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.4
1,470 reviews

Mountainsmith Day backpack
Mountainsmith Day
2 bag types available.
Capacity 9-95 l (550-5800 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
4.4
517 reviews

Dakine Grom backpack
Dakine Grom
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.4
420 reviews

Dakine Duel backpack
Dakine Duel
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.4
254 reviews

Deuter Pico backpack
Deuter Pico
Capacity 0.5 l (31 cuin)
Price range $
Deuter logo
4.4
50 reviews

High Sierra Appalachian backpack
High Sierra Appalachian
Capacity 75 l (4577 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
759 reviews

High Sierra Long Trail backpack
High Sierra Long Trail
Capacity 90 l (5492 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
585 reviews

Patagonia Cragsmith backpack
Patagonia Cragsmith
Capacity 35-36 l (2135.8-2197 cuin)
Price range $$$
Patagonia logo
4.3
12 reviews

Patagonia Lightweight backpack
Patagonia Lightweight
4 bag types available.
Capacity 1-20 l (61-1221 cuin)
Price range $
Patagonia logo
4.3
588 reviews

Deuter Trans Alpine backpack
Deuter Trans Alpine
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.3
3 reviews

High Sierra Explorer backpack
High Sierra Explorer
Capacity 55 l (3356 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
255 reviews

Maxpedition Condor backpack
Maxpedition Condor
Price range $$$$
Maxpedition logo
4.3
166 reviews

Gregory Maya backpack
Gregory Maya
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.3
24 reviews

High Sierra Tech backpack
High Sierra Tech
Capacity 55.3 l (3375 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.3
112 reviews

The North Face Fovero backpack
The North Face Fovero
Price range $$$
The north face logo
4.3
11 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler backpack
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler
Capacity 29.6-34.6 l (1805-2111 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountain hardwear logo
4.2
126 reviews

Nike Cheyenne backpack
Nike Cheyenne
Price range $
Nike logo
4.2
5 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Hueco backpack
Mountain Hardwear Hueco
Capacity 20-28 l (1220.5-1710 cuin)
Price range $$
Mountain hardwear logo
4.2
30 reviews

Gregory Sketch backpack
Gregory Sketch
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.2
25 reviews

Gregory Miwok backpack
Gregory Miwok
Capacity 10 l (610.2 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.2
43 reviews

Burton Kettle Pack backpack
Burton Kettle Pack
Price range $
Burton logo
4.2
62 reviews

Montane Medusa backpack
Montane Medusa
Price range $$$
Montane logo
4.2
6 reviews

Maxpedition Jumbo backpack
Maxpedition Jumbo
Price range $$
Maxpedition logo
4.2
3 reviews

Dakine Atlas backpack
Dakine Atlas
Capacity 24.6 l (1500 cuin)
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.2
74 reviews

High Sierra Piton backpack
High Sierra Piton
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.2
33 reviews

High Sierra Hawk backpack
High Sierra Hawk
Capacity 40.1-50.8 l (2445-3100 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.1
46 reviews

Gregory Sula backpack
Gregory Sula
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.1
8 reviews

High Sierra Sentinel backpack
High Sierra Sentinel
Capacity 65.1 l (3970 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
4.1
504 reviews

Gregory Targhee backpack
Gregory Targhee
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.1
37 reviews

OXA Ultralight backpack
OXA Ultralight
Price range $
Oxa logo
4.1
138 reviews

Oakley Icon backpack
Oakley Icon
Capacity 32 l (1953 cuin)
Price range $$
Oakley logo
4.1
153 reviews

Kelty Lakota backpack
Kelty Lakota
Price range $$$$
Kelty logo
4.0
43 reviews

Gregory Patos backpack
Gregory Patos
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.0
9 reviews

Kelty Riot backpack
Kelty Riot
Capacity 15-21.3 l (915-1300 cuin)
Price range $$
Kelty logo
4.0
17 reviews

The North Face Ice Project backpack
The North Face Ice Project
Capacity 45 l (2746.1 cuin)
Price range $$$
The north face logo
4.0
4 reviews

Gregory Maven backpack
Gregory Maven
Capacity 35-55 l (2136-3356 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.0
8 reviews

Fox Outdoor Tactical backpack
Fox Outdoor Tactical
3 bag types available.
Capacity 34.1-44.8 l (2080-2736 cuin)
Price range $
Fox outdoor logo
4.0
104 reviews

High Sierra Lightning backpack
High Sierra Lightning
Capacity 35.1 l (2140 cuin)
Price range $$
High sierra logo
3.9
9 reviews

Thule Guidepost backpack
Thule Guidepost
2 bag types available.
Capacity 65-75 l (3965-4576.8 cuin)
Price range $$$$
Thule logo
3.8
6 reviews

Thule Capstone backpack
Thule Capstone
Capacity 22-50 l (1342-3050 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.8
65 reviews

Fox Outdoor Rio Grande backpack
Fox Outdoor Rio Grande
Capacity 63.9-75.5 l (3900-4608 cuin)
Price range $
Fox outdoor logo
3.8
106 reviews

Kelty Siro backpack
Kelty Siro
Capacity 50.8 l (3100 cuin)
Price range $$$
Kelty logo
3.8
6 reviews

Ferrino Transalp backpack
Ferrino Transalp
Price range $$$
Ferrino logo
3.8
5 reviews

Salomon S-Lab backpack
Salomon S-Lab
Price range $$
Salomon logo
3.7
13 reviews

The North Face Shadow backpack
The North Face Shadow
Capacity 30-40 l (1830.7-2440.9 cuin)
Price range $$
The north face logo
3.7
6 reviews

Mountainsmith Pursuit backpack
Mountainsmith Pursuit
Price range $$
Mountainsmith logo
3.6
6 reviews

Kelty Ruckus backpack
Kelty Ruckus
Price range $$
Kelty logo
3.5
30 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Rainshadow backpack
Mountain Hardwear Rainshadow
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Mountain hardwear logo
3.5
3 reviews

Salomon Peak backpack
Salomon Peak
Price range $$$
Salomon logo
3.5
4 reviews

Montane Grand Tour backpack
Montane Grand Tour
Capacity 70 l (4271.7 cuin)
Price range $$$
Montane logo
3.3
3 reviews

Gregory Sucia backpack
Gregory Sucia
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Kelty Sira backpack
Kelty Sira
Price range $$$
Kelty logo

Kelty Sanitas backpack
Kelty Sanitas
Capacity 33.6 l (2050 cuin)
Price range $$
Kelty logo

Mammut Creon backpack
Mammut Creon
Price range $$$$
Mammut logo

Vaude Jura backpack
Vaude Jura
Capacity 32 l (1952 cuin)
Price range $$$
Vaude logo

Exped Thunder backpack
Exped Thunder
Price range $$$
Exped logo

Fjallraven High Coast backpack
Fjallraven High Coast
Capacity 24 l (1465 cuin)
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo

Berghaus TwentyFourSeven backpack
Berghaus logo

Ortovox Trad backpack
Ortovox Trad
Price range $$
Ortovox logo

Slumberjack Rail Hauler backpack
Slumberjack logo

Burton Dayhiker backpack
Burton Dayhiker
Price range $$
Burton logo

Deuter Zugspitze backpack
Deuter Zugspitze
Price range $$
Deuter logo

Deuter Rise backpack
Deuter Rise
Price range $$
Deuter logo

Gregory Matia backpack
Gregory Matia
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Gregory Amasa backpack
Gregory Amasa
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Salomon Trail backpack
Salomon Trail
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Salomon logo

Watershed Westwater backpack
Watershed Westwater
Price range $$$
Watershed logo

The North Face Litus backpack
The North Face Litus
Price range $$
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Review Summary

94,669 reviews of bags checked.

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Top 10 hiking backpack brands

The 10 highest rated hiking backpack brands based on the 94,669 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop hiking backpack
Vaude4.8Vaude Astrum
Lowe Alpine4.8Lowe Alpine Vector
Marmot4.7Marmot Graviton
Jack Wolfskin4.7Jack Wolfskin Moab
5.11 Tactical4.75.11 Tactical Rush
The North Face4.7The North Face Recon
Osprey4.7Osprey Jet
Slumberjack4.7Slumberjack Rail Hauler
Granite Gear4.7Granite Gear Athabasca
Gregory4.6Gregory Drift



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When it comes to hiking, no trip – however short – is complete without a hiking backpack. Since there is always something for you to carry, you need a bag to contain it all. Now, there are a great number of backpacks available on the market. This can lead to the question of which one is best for your particular trip?

A Guide to Choosing the Best Hiking Backpack (Buyers Guide)

While it may seem easy enough to choose, there are actually a lot of features to consider when choosing your backpack. This includes carrying capacity, materials, weight, durability, suspension systems, and much more. This is why, in this article, we have broken down the various elements for you. Here, you will be able to see what makes the best backpack and find some tips on how to choose the finest one for you. We have also chosen some backpacks that meet all of your needs and expectations when on a hiking trip.

How Long is Your Trip?

Hiking backpacks typically fall under the category of daypacks. As the name suggests, these are backpacks that are medium-sized. They are able to carry all of the items that you will need within a day. This is why, when choosing a backpack, you will first need to determine how long the majority of your hikes. Do they last a day or less? Or, do they extend for about two days at a time? By making the necessary calculations, you can figure out just how small or large your bag needs to be.

Now, it is quite common to reach for a larger bag as you may feel as though it will suit a variety of situations. The downside to choosing a bigger backpack, however, is that it will weigh more. It can be tiresome to carry more weight strictly than necessary, especially over rough terrain. If there tends to be a lot of discrepancy in the duration of your hikes, it is best to buy at least two bags for separate occasions.

The Carrying Capacity of the Bag

When you want to determine how much a particular backpack can carry, you don’t look at the size. Instead, you will need to focus on the carrying capacity or the volume of the bag. It is more common to find the volume of the backpacks to be displayed in liters. However, those that are offered in cubic centimeters tend to be a little more accurate.

Hike Length

Following the point made above, to figure out what capacity is right for you, you will to consider the length of the trip. If you are just planning on spending a day outdoors, then you should opt for a bag that is between 20 and 30 liters. This will be enough for you to put all of the food and water that you will need. There should be enough space for a light jacket as well.

If you will be spending at least one night in the wilderness, you may want a backpack that can hold around 35 to 50 liters. If you plan on spending upwards of three nights, then a backpack between 50 and 80 liters will be a better match.

Season

Another thing to take into consideration is the weather that you will encounter. If you are hiking in the summer, you will need a minimal number of layers and therefore will not require an overly large backpack. In the winter, however, you will need to take a couple of warm, thick layers. You will need a greater amount of space in the backpack.

Woman with hiking backpack

The Length of the Bag

While you may not need to look at the size of a bag, you will need to examine the length of it. The length of the backpack will determine where it will sit when it is strapped to you. Ideally, the top of the backpack should not be loom over your head. Similarly, it should end just below your hips so that your walking will not be impaired in any way.

Of course, it is not just the length of the bag that you will need to gauge. You will also have to measure your torso. When taking the measurements, you will need to start from the base of your neck. There is a bony protrusion where your neck and shoulders meet. This is where you should place the top of the measuring tape. Then, place each hand around your hip so that each thumb is resting on your back. Make sure that this is being done at the spot just above your hip bones. Your thumbs will mark the spot where you should end measuring your torso.

Now it is simply a matter of finding the backpack that is this long. Extra small backpacks are usually about 15.5 inches long while the slightly longer options are between 16 and 17.5 inches. A regular hiking backpack also considered to be medium sized will be around 18 or 19.5 inches. The backpacks designed for the very tall measure about 20 or more inches.

The Suspension System

The suspension system refers to the way that the weight of the pack is distributed by the various straps on the backpack. Usually smaller packs only have shoulder straps while the more heavy duty ones may have hip belts and even sternum straps. The reason that the suspension system is important is because it avoids putting too much weight on your pressure points. This way, rather than making your shoulders take the brunt of the weight, it can be dispersed, settling it around your hips. This is a much more natural method for your body.

Shoulder Straps

With shoulder straps, the main focus is comfort. So, you should look for shoulder straps that are wide so that the weight will be distributed across your shoulders evenly. Another point to look at is padding. Well-padded straps will not dig into your shoulders while walking.

Hip Belts

Hip belts can be considered the main point on the suspension system. The two things to be concerned with hip belts is where they sit and the amount of padding involved. As with the shoulder straps, more padding means less discomfort. This is particularly important as the belt will be sitting where your hip bones protrude. The hip belts should encircle the top of your hip bones. The placement of the hip belt can be remedied by adjusting the shoulder straps.

Sternum Straps

Typically, women can find the placement of sternum straps most disconcerting. To remain comfortable, it needs to sit a couple of inches below your collarbones so that it will not chafe your chest while walking.

Women Specific vs. Regular Backpacks

There are backpacks that cater specifically to the height and dimensions of a female body. Female oriented backpacks are actually some of the few women specific items that are useful. This is because most traditional hiking backpacks are tailored to the average male height. Therefore, women who are shorter than most men might find such backpacks too long for them.

The same argument can be made for women who don’t have a straight-shaped body. Here, the women specific backpacks have sternum straps and hip belts that are made especially for wider hips and chests. As mentioned, these backpacks are usually only helpful for those on the smaller side.

For the truly petite individual, youth backpacks or those that are meant for children may be just as useful.

The Weight of the Pack

There is no fun in dragging a heavy hiking backpack around. This is why there are many companies that cater to light or ultra-light hikers. These backpacks weigh as little as possible so that you can keep the overall weight of your burden down. This is particularly important for those looking to cover the greatest amount of distance, in the shortest amount of time possible.

Of course, these light or ultra-light backpacks aren’t suitable for everyone. These should be avoided if you want to take a lot of equipment with you or if your main concern is comfort.

The Durability of the Bag

Each hiker requires their backpack to withstand different types of abuse. Some hike over mild terrain and with a light load and thus don’t require too much durability. Others, however, hike with a lot of brush or abrasive surfaces and do so with a lot of equipment. Here, the backpack will need to be a lot tougher.

When speaking of backpack durability, there are two important focal points. The first is the type of material that has been used to construct the backpack. For a less durable backpack, you can use one that is made from polyester. For something that is tougher, you can opt for either nylon or Cordura. If you are really concerned with rips or tears, you can even invest in rip-stop material – the same material used for parachutes.

The other thing to look for is how the bag is being held together. Usually, the toughest seams are the ones that have been tightly stitched together. It is preferable to look for a backpack that contains double-stitching that will withstand pressure even more.

Waterproof Features

This is not a feature that every hiker needs. However, if you hike in bad weather or have to cross bodies of water, a waterproof or water resistant backpack will be handy. The first step to choosing this type of backpack is to understand that backpacks aren’t a 100 percent waterproof. At some point, even the most well insulated pack will let water through.

Another important distinction to make is the difference between waterproof and water resistant. Bags that are waterproof can be submerged in water for brief periods of time. Water resistant bags though, will simply keep rain at bay and can’t be placed in water. If you want a backpack that is either water resistant or waterproof, you should choose ones where the pocket openings and seams have been reinforced as well. This is the only way to be sure that the water will not seep inside.

Top Loader vs. Panel Loader

If you are choosing a smaller hiking backpack that will serve you well for shorter trips, the way that you load the bag isn’t important. Nonetheless, if you are going on a multi-day hike, organization becomes a lot more significant.

The panel loaders zip up around the sides. This makes it simpler to organize all of your items as well as retrieve them later on. Nonetheless, it can be a bit cumbersome to open up this type of backpack. Top loaders are those that open up from the top. While these are simple to pack, it can be difficult to pack or unpack your things in any discernible order.

This are the things you will need to consider if you are attempting to choose the best hiking backpack.


Last updated on May 23, 2018

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