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Small backpacks Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Mar 2019)

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RankSmall BackpackRating
1Deuter WalkerDeuter Walker
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4.80
23 reviews
2Ethnotek RajaEthnotek Raja
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4.80
22 reviews
3Gregory BaltoroGregory Baltoro
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4.75
1,263 reviews
4Osprey EscapistOsprey Escapist
4.73
1,930 reviews
5Osprey AtmosOsprey Atmos
4.73
2,612 reviews
6Osprey AetherOsprey Aether
4.70
1,063 reviews
7Gregory DenaliGregory Denali
4.65
44 reviews
8Osprey ArielOsprey Ariel
4.63
525 reviews
9Marmot EldoradoMarmot Eldorado
4.59
20 reviews
10Deuter FuturaDeuter Futura
4.59
165 reviews
11Osprey AuraOsprey Aura
4.58
876 reviews
12Patagonia Black HolePatagonia Black Hole
4.58
1,393 reviews
13Osprey TalonOsprey Talon
4.57
1,706 reviews
14Osprey ExosOsprey Exos
4.57
1,300 reviews
15The North Face BancheeThe North Face Banchee
4.57
24 reviews
16Lowepro RidgelineLowepro Ridgeline
4.55
99 reviews
17Osprey XenithOsprey Xenith
4.54
194 reviews
18Gregory JadeGregory Jade
4.53
196 reviews
19Brooks PickwickBrooks Pickwick
4.52
27 reviews
20The North Face Big ShotThe North Face Big Shot
4.52
305 reviews
21Burton MetalheadBurton Metalhead
4.50
157 reviews
22Cotopaxi CuscoCotopaxi Cusco
4.50
41 reviews
23Mindshift Gear BackLightMindshift Gear BackLight
4.50
60 reviews
24Osprey MutantOsprey Mutant
4.49
54 reviews
25Gregory AmberGregory Amber
4.48
137 reviews
26High Sierra BroghanHigh Sierra Broghan
4.48
17 reviews
27Mammut TrionMammut Trion
4.48
29 reviews
28Osprey KestrelOsprey Kestrel
4.47
1,113 reviews
29Osprey XenaOsprey Xena
4.43
62 reviews
30Knomo BeauchampKnomo Beauchamp
4.43
84 reviews
31The North Face BerkeleyThe North Face Berkeley
4.42
258 reviews
32Burton RidersBurton Riders
4.41
43 reviews
33Platypus SiouxonPlatypus Siouxon
4.41
49 reviews
34Osprey QuasarOsprey Quasar
4.40
512 reviews
35The North Face RouterThe North Face Router
4.40
607 reviews
36The North Face SurgeThe North Face Surge
4.40
6,183 reviews
37Dakine EveDakine Eve
4.40
516 reviews
38Burton FathomBurton Fathom
4.40
21 reviews
39Mammut NirvanaMammut Nirvana
4.40
13 reviews
40Sea to Summit RapidSea to Summit Rapid
4.40
19 reviews
41Gonex UltraGonex Ultra
4.40
8,739 reviews
42Michael Kors RheaMichael Kors Rhea
4.39
264 reviews
43Osprey CometOsprey Comet
4.39
440 reviews
44Osprey TempestOsprey Tempest
4.39
481 reviews
45Osprey MantaOsprey Manta
4.39
460 reviews
46Osprey StratosOsprey Stratos
4.38
1,364 reviews
47The North Face ReconThe North Face Recon
4.38
15,710 reviews
48Burton Treble YellBurton Treble Yell
4.38
44 reviews
49Jack Georges VoyagerJack Georges Voyager
4.36
24 reviews
50Osprey NebulaOsprey Nebula
4.36
516 reviews
51Osprey RaptorOsprey Raptor
4.36
729 reviews
52Deuter Speed LiteDeuter Speed Lite
4.36
874 reviews
53Thule CrossoverThule Crossover
4.36
1,257 reviews
54Osprey FlareOsprey Flare
4.34
25 reviews
55Mystery Ranch ScreeMystery Ranch Scree
4.34
38 reviews
56The North Face BorealisThe North Face Borealis
4.33
18,251 reviews
57Maxpedition FatboyMaxpedition Fatboy
4.33
1,766 reviews
58Lowepro FlipsideLowepro Flipside
4.33
2,342 reviews
59Jack Wolfskin MoabJack Wolfskin Moab
4.33
46 reviews
60Vera Bradley DisneyVera Bradley Disney
4.33
114 reviews
61Osprey RadialOsprey Radial
4.32
208 reviews
62Dakine FrankieDakine Frankie
4.32
590 reviews
63OGIO RenegadeOGIO Renegade
4.32
2,509 reviews
64Osprey TroposOsprey Tropos
4.31
137 reviews
65Osprey PogoOsprey Pogo
4.31
77 reviews
66Gregory CompassGregory Compass
4.31
55 reviews
67Kipling SeoulKipling Seoul
4.30
6,302 reviews
68The North Face JesterThe North Face Jester
4.30
19,850 reviews
69Mountainsmith ApproachMountainsmith Approach
4.30
87 reviews
70Burton TinderBurton Tinder
4.30
2,187 reviews
71Burton AnnexBurton Annex
4.30
358 reviews
72Burton EmphasisBurton Emphasis
4.30
35 reviews
73Mammut LithiumMammut Lithium
4.30
12 reviews
74Eagle Creek ConvertabriefEagle Creek Convertabrief
4.30
33 reviews
75The North Face FlyweightThe North Face Flyweight
4.29
94 reviews
76Camelbak Cloud WalkerCamelbak Cloud Walker
4.29
462 reviews
77Osprey CelesteOsprey Celeste
4.28
233 reviews
78Marmot KompressorMarmot Kompressor
4.28
247 reviews
79Gregory ZGregory Z
4.28
216 reviews
80Patagonia IronwoodPatagonia Ironwood
4.28
60 reviews
81Duluth DeluxeDuluth Deluxe
4.28
42 reviews
82Vera Bradley CampusVera Bradley Campus
4.27
3,256 reviews
83Marmot Urban HaulerMarmot Urban Hauler
4.27
49 reviews
84Cotopaxi LuzonCotopaxi Luzon
4.27
186 reviews
85Outdoor Research Dry SummitOutdoor Research Dry Summit
4.26
40 reviews
86OGIO ClarkOGIO Clark
4.26
28 reviews
87Fjallraven TotepackFjallraven Totepack
4.26
492 reviews
88Zomake UltraZomake Ultra
4.25
5,376 reviews
89Osprey DayliteOsprey Daylite
4.25
1,501 reviews
90Osprey NovaOsprey Nova
4.25
187 reviews
91The North Face PivoterThe North Face Pivoter
4.25
1,474 reviews
92Mountainsmith DivideMountainsmith Divide
4.25
19 reviews
93Mountainsmith BorealisMountainsmith Borealis
4.25
34 reviews
94Mountainsmith TourMountainsmith Tour
4.25
508 reviews
95Platypus DuthiePlatypus Duthie
4.25
124 reviews
96Mindshift Gear UltralightMindshift Gear Ultralight
4.25
49 reviews
97Herschel RetreatHerschel Retreat
4.25
1,109 reviews
98SOG NinjaSOG Ninja
4.25
979 reviews
99Osprey JetOsprey Jet
4.24
211 reviews
100Black Diamond Dawn PatrolBlack Diamond Dawn Patrol
4.24
37 reviews
101Mammut NeonMammut Neon
4.24
62 reviews
102EVOC StageEVOC Stage
4.24
114 reviews
103Thule SubterraThule Subterra
4.24
395 reviews
104Columbia VarsityColumbia Varsity
4.24
109 reviews
105Osprey QuestaOsprey Questa
4.23
290 reviews
106Camelbak CoronadoCamelbak Coronado
4.23
12 reviews
107Deuter ZugspitzeDeuter Zugspitze
4.23
13 reviews
108Deuter TransitDeuter Transit
4.23
49 reviews
109Osprey TaliaOsprey Talia
4.22
11 reviews
110Osprey OzoneOsprey Ozone
4.22
597 reviews
111Osprey SirrusOsprey Sirrus
4.21
588 reviews
112Gregory MatiaGregory Matia
4.21
76 reviews
113Gregory JunoGregory Juno
4.21
34 reviews
114Mountainsmith Clear CreekMountainsmith Clear Creek
4.21
111 reviews
115Mystery Ranch KletterwerksMystery Ranch Kletterwerks
4.21
14 reviews
116Marmot GravitonMarmot Graviton
4.20
15 reviews
117The North Face Hot ShotThe North Face Hot Shot
4.20
102 reviews
118Patagonia PaxatPatagonia Paxat
4.20
97 reviews
119Patagonia LightweightPatagonia Lightweight
4.20
1,755 reviews
120Gregory DevaGregory Deva
4.19
394 reviews
121Black Diamond SparkBlack Diamond Spark
4.19
42 reviews
122EVOC FREVOC FR
4.19
367 reviews
123Columbia TamolitchColumbia Tamolitch
4.19
196 reviews
124Burton ProspectBurton Prospect
4.18
1,016 reviews
125Thule StirThule Stir
4.18
160 reviews
126Dakine FactorDakine Factor
4.17
339 reviews
127Jansport OdysseyJansport Odyssey
4.17
349 reviews
128High Sierra EmmettHigh Sierra Emmett
4.17
71 reviews
129High Sierra LoopHigh Sierra Loop
4.17
13,868 reviews
130Black Diamond BbeeBlack Diamond Bbee
4.17
47 reviews
131Eddie Bauer StowawayEddie Bauer Stowaway
4.17
528 reviews
132Seibertron FalconSeibertron Falcon
4.17
1,847 reviews
133Vera Bradley Lighten UpVera Bradley Lighten Up
4.16
840 reviews
134Dakine FoundationDakine Foundation
4.16
105 reviews
135Jansport Big StudentJansport Big Student
4.16
113,030 reviews
136Black Diamond BulletBlack Diamond Bullet
4.16
59 reviews
137Orvis Safe PassageOrvis Safe Passage
4.16
86 reviews
138Dakine DetailDakine Detail
4.15
319 reviews
139Arcteryx GranvilleArcteryx Granville
4.15
43 reviews
140Maxpedition CondorMaxpedition Condor
4.15
495 reviews
141Osprey UltralightOsprey Ultralight
4.14
2,611 reviews
142Tumi VoyageurTumi Voyageur
4.14
1,036 reviews
143Osprey FairviewOsprey Fairview
4.14
116 reviews
144Dakine CampusDakine Campus
4.14
6,234 reviews
145Gregory ZuluGregory Zulu
4.14
466 reviews
146Gregory JGregory J
4.14
68 reviews
147Black Diamond SpeedBlack Diamond Speed
4.14
72 reviews
148Pacsafe CitysafePacsafe Citysafe
4.14
1,345 reviews
149The North Face MicrobyteThe North Face Microbyte
4.13
526 reviews
150Burton Day HikerBurton Day Hiker
4.13
481 reviews
151The North Face VaultThe North Face Vault
4.11
4,928 reviews
152Mountain Hardwear South ColMountain Hardwear South Col
4.11
10 reviews
153Fjallraven RavenFjallraven Raven
4.11
366 reviews
154Osprey WayfarerOsprey Wayfarer
4.10
17 reviews
155Osprey RevOsprey Rev
4.09
468 reviews
156Gregory TargheeGregory Targhee
4.09
65 reviews
157Gregory AlpinistoGregory Alpinisto
4.09
42 reviews
158Quechua ForclazQuechua Forclaz
4.09
7,166 reviews
159Osprey VariantOsprey Variant
4.08
110 reviews
160Gregory MavenGregory Maven
4.08
32 reviews
161Gregory DriftGregory Drift
4.08
10 reviews
162Kelty RedwingKelty Redwing
4.08
2,070 reviews
163Arcteryx AeriosArcteryx Aerios
4.08
12 reviews
164Zac Zac Posen EarthaZac Zac Posen Eartha
4.07
26 reviews
165Camelbak QuanticoCamelbak Quantico
4.07
42 reviews
166High Sierra SummitHigh Sierra Summit
4.07
352 reviews
167Timbuk2 QTimbuk2 Q
4.07
328 reviews
168Black Diamond BlitzBlack Diamond Blitz
4.06
13 reviews
169Pacsafe VenturesafePacsafe Venturesafe
4.06
1,165 reviews
170Oakley LinkOakley Link
4.06
36 reviews
171Eagle Creek PackableEagle Creek Packable
4.06
205 reviews
172Vera Bradley Preppy PolyVera Bradley Preppy Poly
4.06
445 reviews
173Black Diamond Super ChuteBlack Diamond Super Chute
4.05
76 reviews
174Chrome UrbanChrome Urban
4.05
333 reviews
175Osprey KamberOsprey Kamber
4.04
97 reviews
176Osprey KobyOsprey Koby
4.04
59 reviews
177Gregory CitroGregory Citro
4.04
16 reviews
178Mountainsmith Grand TourMountainsmith Grand Tour
4.04
39 reviews
179Burton ExportBurton Export
4.04
37 reviews
180Fjallraven RucksackFjallraven Rucksack
4.03
723 reviews
181Osprey PulsarOsprey Pulsar
4.03
90 reviews
182Black Diamond GymBlack Diamond Gym
4.03
21 reviews
183Pacsafe MetrosafePacsafe Metrosafe
4.03
2,688 reviews
184Herschel Little AmericaHerschel Little America
4.03
3,241 reviews
185OGIO SohoOGIO Soho
4.03
1,668 reviews
186Osprey ParsecOsprey Parsec
4.02
21 reviews
187High Sierra TitanHigh Sierra Titan
4.02
1,558 reviews
188LowePro HatchbackLowePro Hatchback
4.02
3,186 reviews
189Gregory ParagonGregory Paragon
4.01
68 reviews
190High Sierra CurveHigh Sierra Curve
4.01
3,141 reviews
191Burton KiloBurton Kilo
4.01
1,220 reviews
192Tenzing TXTenzing TX
4.01
27 reviews
193Osprey SpinOsprey Spin
4.00
63 reviews
194Black Diamond NitroBlack Diamond Nitro
4.00
47 reviews
195Fjallraven FoldsackFjallraven Foldsack
4.00
440 reviews
196Osprey MomentumOsprey Momentum
3.99
199 reviews
197Osprey CyberOsprey Cyber
3.99
211 reviews
198Gregory MiwokGregory Miwok
3.99
117 reviews
199High Sierra PathwayHigh Sierra Pathway
3.99
314 reviews
200Columbia CircuitColumbia Circuit
3.99
13 reviews
201Venture Pal LightweightVenture Pal Lightweight
3.98
5,921 reviews
202The North Face IsabellaThe North Face Isabella
3.98
508 reviews
203High Sierra SwerveHigh Sierra Swerve
3.98
20,471 reviews
204High Sierra TacticHigh Sierra Tactic
3.98
1,183 reviews
205Arcteryx LunaraArcteryx Lunara
3.98
16 reviews
206Vaude BrentaVaude Brenta
3.98
20 reviews
207Exped SummitExped Summit
3.98
15 reviews
208Brooks DalstonBrooks Dalston
3.97
19 reviews
209Deuter QuantumDeuter Quantum
3.97
27 reviews
210Quechua ArpenazQuechua Arpenaz
3.97
17,679 reviews
211OGIO BrooklynOGIO Brooklyn
3.97
4,745 reviews
212Gregory StoutGregory Stout
3.96
153 reviews
213Patagonia ArborPatagonia Arbor
3.96
618 reviews
214Gregory VerteGregory Verte
3.95
10 reviews
215Hynes EagleHynes Eagle
3.95
6,376 reviews
216Exos BravoExos Bravo
3.95
554 reviews
217Osprey PandionOsprey Pandion
3.94
14 reviews
218Tumi AlphaTumi Alpha
3.94
1,958 reviews
219Camelbak OctaneCamelbak Octane
3.93
204 reviews
220Mountainsmith AdventureMountainsmith Adventure
3.92
63 reviews
221TYR AllianceTYR Alliance
3.92
3,253 reviews
222Gregory SalvoGregory Salvo
3.92
46 reviews
223High Sierra CirqueHigh Sierra Cirque
3.92
263 reviews
224Timbuk2 UptownTimbuk2 Uptown
3.92
395 reviews
225Timbuk2 AceTimbuk2 Ace
3.92
234 reviews
226The North Face AuroraThe North Face Aurora
3.91
14 reviews
227Pacsafe VibePacsafe Vibe
3.91
453 reviews
228Herschel HeritageHerschel Heritage
3.91
1,529 reviews
229Kipling ChallengerKipling Challenger
3.91
850 reviews
230Gregory SulaGregory Sula
3.88
17 reviews
231Timbuk2 QuestTimbuk2 Quest
3.88
44 reviews
232Eagle Creek XTAEagle Creek XTA
3.88
36 reviews
233Wilson TourWilson Tour
3.87
1,488 reviews
234Timbuk2 EspecialTimbuk2 Especial
3.87
507 reviews
235Burton ApolloBurton Apollo
3.87
167 reviews
236Cotopaxi BomaCotopaxi Boma
3.86
39 reviews
237Vaude JuraVaude Jura
3.85
10 reviews
238Exped CloudburstExped Cloudburst
3.84
50 reviews
239The North Face KabanThe North Face Kaban
3.83
82 reviews
240Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken
3.82
12,312 reviews
241Thule CapstoneThule Capstone
3.81
127 reviews
242Gregory BorderGregory Border
3.81
38 reviews
243Osprey PixelOsprey Pixel
3.80
335 reviews
244Gregory SuciaGregory Sucia
3.80
13 reviews
245Black Diamond CreekBlack Diamond Creek
3.80
73 reviews
246Mountain Hardwear OzonicMountain Hardwear Ozonic
3.80
13 reviews
247Burton WestfallBurton Westfall
3.80
38 reviews
248Fjallraven GreenlandFjallraven Greenland
3.77
413 reviews
249Gregory MayaGregory Maya
3.77
123 reviews
250Thule CovertThule Covert
3.77
298 reviews
251OGIO BanditOGIO Bandit
3.77
1,158 reviews
252The North Face ElectraThe North Face Electra
3.76
345 reviews
253Burton BravoBurton Bravo
3.76
98 reviews
254Burton KettleBurton Kettle
3.75
1,057 reviews
255High Sierra ExplorerHigh Sierra Explorer
3.74
481 reviews
256Gregory PatosGregory Patos
3.73
16 reviews
257Jansport DriverJansport Driver
3.73
15,973 reviews
258Pacsafe UltimatesafePacsafe Ultimatesafe
3.73
10 reviews
259Eagle Creek AfarEagle Creek Afar
3.72
65 reviews
260Patagonia AtomPatagonia Atom
3.71
1,019 reviews
261Deuter AirliteDeuter Airlite
3.71
99 reviews
262Pacsafe SlingsafePacsafe Slingsafe
3.71
570 reviews
263OGIO TribuneOGIO Tribune
3.71
998 reviews
264High Sierra WarrenHigh Sierra Warren
3.70
73 reviews
265OXA UltralightOXA Ultralight
3.70
527 reviews
266Timbuk2 SunsetTimbuk2 Sunset
3.69
213 reviews
267Herschel SupplyHerschel Supply
3.69
18,401 reviews
268High Sierra AccessHigh Sierra Access
3.68
10,022 reviews
269Mountain Hardwear HuecoMountain Hardwear Hueco
3.68
35 reviews
270Arcteryx MantisArcteryx Mantis
3.68
42 reviews
271Patagonia RefugioPatagonia Refugio
3.68
1,442 reviews
272Watershed Big CreekWatershed Big Creek
3.68
31 reviews
273Osprey PerigeeOsprey Perigee
3.67
38 reviews
274Black Diamond MercuryBlack Diamond Mercury
3.65
87 reviews
275Badlands ReactorBadlands Reactor
3.65
18 reviews
276Mountain Hardwear EnterpriseMountain Hardwear Enterprise
3.64
70 reviews
277Outdoor Research RangefinderOutdoor Research Rangefinder
3.64
38 reviews
278Tenba ShootoutTenba Shootout
3.63
297 reviews
279Jansport SinderJansport Sinder
3.63
115 reviews
280High Sierra SentinelHigh Sierra Sentinel
3.63
513 reviews
281Thule DeparterThule Departer
3.63
101 reviews
282The North Face WavelengthThe North Face Wavelength
3.62
13 reviews
283Black Diamond CirqueBlack Diamond Cirque
3.62
38 reviews
284Deuter GuideDeuter Guide
3.61
22 reviews
285Gregory SketchGregory Sketch
3.60
116 reviews
286Patagonia ChacabucoPatagonia Chacabuco
3.60
62 reviews
287Timbuk2 MuttmoverTimbuk2 Muttmover
3.59
57 reviews
288High Sierra HawkHigh Sierra Hawk
3.58
46 reviews
289Columbia BeaconColumbia Beacon
3.57
1,414 reviews
290The North Face SproutThe North Face Sprout
3.56
439 reviews
291Black Diamond MagnumBlack Diamond Magnum
3.55
24 reviews
292Burton CadetBurton Cadet
3.55
159 reviews
293Cotopaxi IncaCotopaxi Inca
3.55
25 reviews
294Pacsafe IntasafePacsafe Intasafe
3.54
175 reviews
295Black Diamond BoltBlack Diamond Bolt
3.53
35 reviews
296Thule PerspektivThule Perspektiv
3.53
181 reviews
297Jansport Spring BreakJansport Spring Break
3.52
527 reviews
298Burton CurbsharkBurton Curbshark
3.50
10 reviews
299Burton Snake MountainBurton Snake Mountain
3.49
25 reviews
300High Sierra ModiHigh Sierra Modi
3.48
50 reviews
301Tenba DiscoveryTenba Discovery
3.48
63 reviews
302The North Face ShadowThe North Face Shadow
3.47
57 reviews
303Samsonite XenonSamsonite Xenon
3.45
1,464 reviews
304High Sierra PropelHigh Sierra Propel
3.44
310 reviews
305Thule EnRouteThule EnRoute
3.44
906 reviews
306Timbuk2 HeistTimbuk2 Heist
3.41
38 reviews
307Osprey BitstreamOsprey Bitstream
3.39
23 reviews
308Mammut XeronMammut Xeron
3.39
18 reviews
309Vanguard PioneerVanguard Pioneer
3.39
56 reviews
310Outdoor Products VortexOutdoor Products Vortex
3.38
284 reviews
311Herschel DawsonHerschel Dawson
3.35
220 reviews
312ALPS Mountaineering ArvadaALPS Mountaineering Arvada
3.30
13 reviews
313Burton GromletBurton Gromlet
3.28
219 reviews
314Arcteryx BladeArcteryx Blade
3.24
90 reviews
315High Sierra QuickshotHigh Sierra Quickshot
3.23
802 reviews
316High Sierra WahooHigh Sierra Wahoo
3.22
192 reviews
317Herschel PackableHerschel Packable
3.22
27 reviews
318High Sierra LongshotHigh Sierra Longshot
3.19
259 reviews
319High Sierra PiranhaHigh Sierra Piranha
3.18
608 reviews
320MCM StarkMCM Stark
3.17
37 reviews
321High Sierra XBTHigh Sierra XBT
3.17
1,271 reviews
322Thule ParamountThule Paramount
3.17
152 reviews
323Marmot ArborMarmot Arbor
3.04
11 reviews
324Black Diamond AxisBlack Diamond Axis
3.04
23 reviews
325Vango FreedomVango Freedom
3.00
13 reviews
326Pacsafe PouchsafePacsafe Pouchsafe
2.99
20 reviews
327Furla CandyFurla Candy
2.95
60 reviews
328Jack Wolfskin BerkeleyJack Wolfskin Berkeley
2.90
41 reviews
329High Sierra WaveHigh Sierra Wave
2.89
624 reviews
330High Sierra RiptideHigh Sierra Riptide
2.81
30 reviews
331High Sierra TethurHigh Sierra Tethur
2.66
20 reviews
332Dakine WillowDakine Willow
2.55
24 reviews
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Buyers Guide to Small Backpacks


Regardless of whether you’re a master-hiker, adventurer, or backpacker, or simply need something that would be great for both classes and trips away, small backpacks are undoubtedly useful in more ways than one. And as with most things today, this too comes with a host of choices, in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and capabilities.

The right backpack can make all the difference between a lousy camping trip and a good one. It should be comfortable, sturdy, and rigorous, whilst also being effective and convenient. Choosing such a backpack can also be a confusing task, which is why this guide has been so helpfully drawn up so you can have a comprehensive look at the subject for yourself.

Your Guide to Buying a Small Backpack

No matter what your needs may be, what matters at the end of the day is that you have a small travel backpack that’s right for you. Naturally, this means that as with most other products and services today, we need to survey details, pros, and cons efficiently. Whilst there isn’t anything particularly devastating about not acquiring such a backpack, it’s a whole lot easier when it’s around. So with that, let’s take a look at the points below:

It is also useful to take a look at where this backpack would come in most handy when taking your daily life into account. What sort of things do you do? Are you very outdoorsy or sporty? Maybe you like to travel a lot and so just need an easy way to lug your belongings about. Or perhaps you’re looking for something that suffices for sleepovers.

These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Identifying your needs will make things so much more convenient, as will breaking the backpacks down for a better understanding of what you can expect.

Backpacks are in general very popular because they tend to stay in good shape, and are always with you. If you take suitcases, for instance, think about how much abuse they endure whenever you have to travel. Plus, people tend to be generally careless with suitcases and so toss them about without much thought, often damaging them or your precious belongings inside. Of course, they’re alright for when you need to spend a long time away, but if you’re going to be hopping about, you’d rather opt for a backpack. Besides, can you imagine what a nightmare it’d be to hike with a suitcase bumping alongside you?

A Few Crucial Things to Look For

When choosing a backpack, as mentioned above, there are many things to look for. However, some of these things are more important than others, and as such have to be considered a priority. Think of it this way: once you’ve eliminated the points listed here, you can factor in the rest of your backpack criteria. Not until then though. Be it a mini backpack or larger backpack for that matter, these still count.
  • Water Resistance: Backpacks big or small, come in a multitude of different materials, which no doubt make them quite interesting and diverse, but you’re also looking for usability, so don’t forget that. Which means that you need to be on the hunt for water-resistant backpacks made of water-resistant material. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be 100% waterproof; even semi-waterproof material is fine. You just want it to withstand unexpected showers or moisture.

  • Double-Zippers: No matter how much of an honest, responsible traveller you might be, unfortunately not everyone else is, and that’s a fact. Theft and other complications are all too rife, so you need to protect yourself every step of the way. If you travel between countries a lot, for instance, you want to ensure you opt for one that comes with two zippers, so they can be locked together. You can then invest in special travel locks that will allow you to easily open up when your bags need to be checked, without destroying the lock itself.

  • Several Compartments: What good is a backpack that doesn’t have any compartments in it? The whole point is to be able to carry many different things at the same time, without jumbling them all up. This makes it a whole lot easier to access what you need when you need it, especially during an emergency. You don’t want to be rummaging through your bag during a crisis now, do you?

  • Padding For The Straps: Sure this is a mini backpack, so you may not think you need to bother with this whatsoever, but you’ll soon find that padding really does make it all better. This is particularly useful when going hiking or camping, so you can enjoy your adventuring without dealing with raw, painful shoulders. It can be difficult to be on your feet with a backpack weighing you down, especially if the said backpack is not very comfortable either.

  • Contoured Backs: Chronic back problems are a widespread complication globally, which is why you should take this point seriously. Modern-day backpacks come with superior structuring, including contoured backs. This provides incredible support, ensuring you don’t experience any pains or complicate existing issues. Lumbar support is essential, and a primary guiding point of your purchasing decision.

At A Glance

Now that we’ve covered some of the intricacies of backpacks, we can look at a few other tips that’ll help you in your search. You’ll find that they’re simple, yet definitive points that will help you make a sound decision.

For starters, you should measure your torso. This helps you determine just the right size backpack for your body. If you neglect this, you’re putting your shoulders, neck, back, hips, and legs under a whole lot of strain. And if you’re always out and about, you’re going to speed it up even more. Why put yourself through this when you can remedy the situation with a simple solution? Grab a friend or family member to help you, and either use a tape measure or string to get the numbers. Take the measurements with you when shopping, so you can refer to them at any time.

Secondly, you want to look at capacity. With a mini backpack, there’s only so much capacity you can expect realistically, but you should still compare them with each other. If you get a backpack that’s bigger than your needs, you’re sure to fill it with junk, which means unnecessary weight to carry about. The unit of measurement used to measure capacity with backpacks is liters, though you also find them listed in cubic inches.

Types of Backpacks

The next thing to tackle would be the types of backpacks in the market. As you’d imagine, there are many different variations, even if you’re considering a mini backpack. Before you head out, it’s best to familiarize yourself with them so you know exactly what you’re looking for. Here you’ll find a list of some of the most common categories backpacks typically fall into, so you’ve some idea of what’s in store. That said, all backpacks are generally classified into frameless, external frame, internal frame, and bodypack. Something to bear in mind.
  • Hiking backpacks
  • Snow/ski backpacks
  • Biking backpacks
  • Business/work backpacks
  • School backpacks
  • Fashion backpacks
  • Traditional backpacks
These don’t really need extensive explanations, because well… they’re rather self-explanatory since their names imply their purpose quite clearly. What’s less obvious though is what sort of capacities and volumes you have to choose from. Here’s a basic guide to get you started.
  • Mini And Small Backpacks: Range anywhere between 6-10 liters.

  • Daypacks: The bigger ones usually clock in anywhere between 20-35 liters. A small travel backpack or daypack in this instance, is better suited for ½ day hikes and no more, mainly because you’d be limited in the amount of supplies you can carry. Which isn’t advisable, especially if you head off on remote camping trips and treks. Also as the name suggests, these are just for the day.

  • Weekend Backpacks: If you’re looking for longer trips away, you need to check out weekend backpacks. For a 1-3 day trip, a 40-50 liter backpack should suffice. Although of course this does mean that you cannot really opt for a mini backpack when it comes to this sort of thing. After all, you’re going to be carrying sleeping bags, stoves tents and so on, which isn’t very practical with something smaller.

  • Multi-Day Backpacks: The good thing about these names is that since they’re quite straightforward, you won’t be racking your brains to figure out which is which. This one is to allow you to carry more food and any additional gear necessary, with around 50- 70 liters of capacity.

  • Expedition Backpacks: These are pretty much the mammoth species of backpacks, and come in at a whopping 80 liters. Of course this also means you should have the stamina and strength to take on this sort of trip, because that much of weight is definitely not easy for someone who isn’t properly accustomed to it.

Measurement Of Backpack Volume

Whilst there are just two different ways in which backpack capacities are measured, there’s usually no knowing which of these methods has been used unless you ask the manufacturer yourself. One is, they use the total added volume of all closed storage, including every little compartment. Others use all of this, plus any open side pockets and so on, though these are the smaller-scale manufacturers. Though it’s unlikely you’d measure them yourself, it’s good to know how it’s done overall.

92 More Small Backpacks


Classic small backpacks and models that haven't yet got enough reviews to be ranked.

RankSmall BackpackRating
1The North Face InductorThe North Face Inductor
3.98
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2High Sierra MarlinHigh Sierra Marlin
2.80
76 reviews
3High Sierra MorayHigh Sierra Moray
3.66
196 reviews
4Burton HikerBurton Hiker
4.40
49 reviews
5Patagonia ToromiroPatagonia Toromiro
4.19
72 reviews
6Patagonia YerbaPatagonia Yerba
3.85
152 reviews
7Sea to Summit Ultra-SilSea to Summit Ultra-Sil
4.22
975 reviews
8Osprey EllipseOsprey Ellipse
4.21
125 reviews
9Kalusi LightweightKalusi Lightweight
3.55
38 reviews
Fjallraven KirunaFjallraven Kiruna
Osprey KrestaOsprey Kresta
Osprey PaleaOsprey Palea
Marmot Big BasinMarmot Big Basin
Marmot EmpireMarmot Empire
Marmot AnzaMarmot Anza
Marmot Salt PointMarmot Salt Point
Marmot GunnisonMarmot Gunnison
Marmot RootMarmot Root
Marmot ScreeMarmot Scree
The North Face CinderThe North Face Cinder
The North Face AleiaThe North Face Aleia
The North Face LitusThe North Face Litus
The North Face SlackpackThe North Face Slackpack
The North Face SnomadThe North Face Snomad
Dakine PatrolDakine Patrol
Gregory MuirGregory Muir
Gregory MillcreekGregory Millcreek
Gregory TahquitzGregory Tahquitz
Gregory PierpontGregory Pierpont
Gregory KletterGregory Kletter
Gregory VelataGregory Velata
Gregory TarifaGregory Tarifa
Gregory SatumaGregory Satuma
Gregory BooneGregory Boone
Gregory BaffinGregory Baffin
Mountainsmith CavernMountainsmith Cavern
Mountainsmith SpectrumMountainsmith Spectrum
Mountainsmith WizardMountainsmith Wizard
Lowe Alpine Eclipse
Lowe Alpine Vector
Lowe Alpine Cholatse
Lowe Alpine Strike
Lowe Alpine Peak Ascent
Lowe Alpine Spark
Lowe Alpine Klettersack
Lowe Alpine Adventurer
Lowe Alpine Guide
Lowe Alpine AirZoneLowe Alpine AirZone
Lowe Alpine AT
Lowe Alpine Tensor
High Sierra AscenderHigh Sierra Ascender
High Sierra LightningHigh Sierra Lightning
Black Diamond Creek Transit
Mountain Hardwear DirettissimaMountain Hardwear Direttissima
Burton GorgeBurton Gorge
Burton Kettle Pack
Mammut LithiaMammut Lithia
Mammut SpindriftMammut Spindrift
Patagonia BonsaiPatagonia Bonsai
Deuter TravellerDeuter Traveller
Vaude MaremmaVaude Maremma
Vaude ScopiVaude Scopi
Exped SkylineExped Skyline
Exped GlissadeExped Glissade
Exped TyphoonExped Typhoon
Exped MountainExped Mountain
Boreas EchoBoreas Echo
Boreas ExcelsiorBoreas Excelsior
Boreas LarkinBoreas Larkin
Boreas MissionBoreas Mission
Boreas Muir
Eagle Creek Ready GoEagle Creek Ready Go
Montane JawsMontane Jaws
Montane DragonMontane Dragon
EMS SectorEMS Sector
Fjallraven AbiskoFjallraven Abisko
Cotopaxi KilimanjaroCotopaxi Kilimanjaro
ALPS Mountaineering SolitudeALPS Mountaineering Solitude
Bergans RondaneBergans Rondane
Bergans HeliumBergans Helium
Grivel Mountain RunnerGrivel Mountain Runner
Heimplanet MonolithHeimplanet Monolith
Herschel BarlowHerschel Barlow
Ortovox TradOrtovox Trad
Ortovox PeakOrtovox Peak
Salewa CrestSalewa Crest
Sea to Summit FlowSea to Summit Flow
Slumberjack StriderSlumberjack Strider
Ortlieb CommuterOrtlieb Commuter
Tumi Alpha Bravo
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Olympia DenaliOlympia Denali

Last updated on March 17, 2019