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

RankSmall BackpackRating
1Gregory BaltoroGregory Baltoro
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2Osprey EscapistOsprey Escapist
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4.741,826 reviews
3Osprey AtmosOsprey Atmos
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4Osprey AetherOsprey Aether4.72985 reviews
5Jack Georges VoyagerJack Georges Voyager4.7013 reviews
6Osprey ExosOsprey Exos4.691,085 reviews
7Gregory DenaliGregory Denali4.6739 reviews
8Lowepro RidgelineLowepro Ridgeline4.6552 reviews
9Lowe Alpine AirZoneLowe Alpine AirZone4.6343 reviews
10Osprey ArielOsprey Ariel4.62520 reviews
11Marmot EldoradoMarmot Eldorado4.5919 reviews
12Osprey TalonOsprey Talon4.591,548 reviews
13The North Face BancheeThe North Face Banchee4.5928 reviews
14Osprey AuraOsprey Aura4.59784 reviews
15Deuter FuturaDeuter Futura4.55142 reviews
16Osprey XenithOsprey Xenith4.55177 reviews
17Gregory JadeGregory Jade4.53151 reviews
18Brooks PickwickBrooks Pickwick4.5224 reviews
19Osprey MutantOsprey Mutant4.5139 reviews
20Deuter WalkerDeuter Walker4.5012 reviews
21Maxpedition FatboyMaxpedition Fatboy4.50902 reviews
22Burton MetalheadBurton Metalhead4.50108 reviews
23Cotopaxi CuscoCotopaxi Cusco4.5041 reviews
24High Sierra BroghanHigh Sierra Broghan4.4839 reviews
25Osprey KestrelOsprey Kestrel4.47980 reviews
26Gregory AmberGregory Amber4.46120 reviews
27Black Diamond Dawn PatrolBlack Diamond Dawn Patrol4.4620 reviews
28Osprey TempestOsprey Tempest4.45358 reviews
29Osprey TroposOsprey Tropos4.4563 reviews
30Osprey CometOsprey Comet4.44526 reviews
31The North Face BerkeleyThe North Face Berkeley4.44235 reviews
32Osprey XenaOsprey Xena4.4458 reviews
33Knomo BeauchampKnomo Beauchamp4.4497 reviews
34Marmot KompressorMarmot Kompressor4.43173 reviews
35Burton Day HikerBurton Day Hiker4.41120 reviews
36The North Face ReconThe North Face Recon4.4114,042 reviews
37Osprey MantaOsprey Manta4.41341 reviews
38Dakine EveDakine Eve4.41347 reviews
39Thule CrossoverThule Crossover4.401,060 reviews
40Marmot Urban HaulerMarmot Urban Hauler4.4041 reviews
41The North Face SurgeThe North Face Surge4.405,653 reviews
42The North Face RouterThe North Face Router4.40607 reviews
43Gonex UltraGonex Ultra4.405,299 reviews
44Patagonia Black HolePatagonia Black Hole4.391,230 reviews
45Jack Wolfskin MoabJack Wolfskin Moab4.3917 reviews
46Osprey QuasarOsprey Quasar4.38422 reviews
47Vera Bradley DisneyVera Bradley Disney4.38113 reviews
48Osprey StratosOsprey Stratos4.37836 reviews
49Deuter Speed LiteDeuter Speed Lite4.36850 reviews
50Mammut TrionMammut Trion4.3521 reviews
51Dakine FrankieDakine Frankie4.35473 reviews
52Burton Treble YellBurton Treble Yell4.3532 reviews
53Gregory CompassGregory Compass4.3453 reviews
54Duluth DeluxeDuluth Deluxe4.3431 reviews
55OGIO RenegadeOGIO Renegade4.341,716 reviews
56Marmot Salt PointMarmot Salt Point4.3412 reviews
57Michael Kors RheaMichael Kors Rhea4.34183 reviews
58Mystery Ranch ScreeMystery Ranch Scree4.3333 reviews
59The North Face BorealisThe North Face Borealis4.3317,612 reviews
60Osprey RaptorOsprey Raptor4.33600 reviews
61Lowepro FlipsideLowepro Flipside4.331,814 reviews
62Osprey CelesteOsprey Celeste4.32184 reviews
63Osprey NebulaOsprey Nebula4.31276 reviews
64Osprey RadialOsprey Radial4.31191 reviews
65Burton EmphasisBurton Emphasis4.3133 reviews
66Platypus SiouxonPlatypus Siouxon4.3148 reviews
67The North Face Big ShotThe North Face Big Shot4.30172 reviews
68Burton AnnexBurton Annex4.30208 reviews
69Osprey FlareOsprey Flare4.30375 reviews
70Kipling SeoulKipling Seoul4.306,211 reviews
71Vera Bradley CampusVera Bradley Campus4.302,729 reviews
72Gregory ZGregory Z4.30211 reviews
73Mammut LithiumMammut Lithium4.3010 reviews
74Osprey JetOsprey Jet4.29150 reviews
75The North Face JesterThe North Face Jester4.2920,182 reviews
76The North Face FlyweightThe North Face Flyweight4.2994 reviews
77Platypus DuthiePlatypus Duthie4.29113 reviews
78Patagonia IronwoodPatagonia Ironwood4.2860 reviews
79Burton TinderBurton Tinder4.28613 reviews
80Dakine FoundationDakine Foundation4.2881 reviews
81Gregory JunoGregory Juno4.2816 reviews
82Pacsafe VenturesafePacsafe Venturesafe4.27479 reviews
83Wilson TourWilson Tour4.27112 reviews
84Mountainsmith ApproachMountainsmith Approach4.2661 reviews
85Camelbak Cloud WalkerCamelbak Cloud Walker4.26354 reviews
86OGIO ClarkOGIO Clark4.2614 reviews
87Osprey DayliteOsprey Daylite4.251,060 reviews
88Osprey NovaOsprey Nova4.25150 reviews
89Deuter TransitDeuter Transit4.2521 reviews
90Pacsafe MetrosafePacsafe Metrosafe4.252,303 reviews
91LowePro HatchbackLowePro Hatchback4.252,582 reviews
92Zomake UltraZomake Ultra4.255,030 reviews
93Mountainsmith BorealisMountainsmith Borealis4.2533 reviews
94Columbia VarsityColumbia Varsity4.25104 reviews
95EVOC StageEVOC Stage4.24104 reviews
96The North Face MicrobyteThe North Face Microbyte4.24478 reviews
97Thule SubterraThule Subterra4.23308 reviews
98Pacsafe CitysafePacsafe Citysafe4.231,454 reviews
99Camelbak CoronadoCamelbak Coronado4.2312 reviews
100Osprey SirrusOsprey Sirrus4.22482 reviews
101Thule StirThule Stir4.22123 reviews
102Tumi VoyageurTumi Voyageur4.22573 reviews
103Fjallraven FoldsackFjallraven Foldsack4.22373 reviews
104Osprey PogoOsprey Pogo4.2161 reviews
105Mountainsmith TourMountainsmith Tour4.21428 reviews
106Cotopaxi LuzonCotopaxi Luzon4.21272 reviews
107Osprey EllipseOsprey Ellipse4.21125 reviews
108Osprey OzoneOsprey Ozone4.20508 reviews
109Patagonia PaxatPatagonia Paxat4.2095 reviews
110Fjallraven RavenFjallraven Raven4.20290 reviews
111Osprey QuestaOsprey Questa4.20151 reviews
112Mountainsmith Clear CreekMountainsmith Clear Creek4.2074 reviews
113SOG NinjaSOG Ninja4.20565 reviews
114Gregory DevaGregory Deva4.19380 reviews
115Patagonia ToromiroPatagonia Toromiro4.1968 reviews
116Burton ProspectBurton Prospect4.19767 reviews
117EVOC FREVOC FR4.19294 reviews
118High Sierra LoopHigh Sierra Loop4.1912,771 reviews
119Columbia TamolitchColumbia Tamolitch4.19224 reviews
120Eddie Bauer StowawayEddie Bauer Stowaway4.19309 reviews
121Seibertron FalconSeibertron Falcon4.191,317 reviews
122The North Face Hot ShotThe North Face Hot Shot4.18101 reviews
123Vera Bradley Lighten UpVera Bradley Lighten Up4.18655 reviews
124Dakine FactorDakine Factor4.17312 reviews
125Jansport OdysseyJansport Odyssey4.17282 reviews
126Orvis Safe PassageOrvis Safe Passage4.1783 reviews
127Black Diamond BulletBlack Diamond Bullet4.1659 reviews
128Pacsafe VibePacsafe Vibe4.16319 reviews
129Gregory ZuluGregory Zulu4.15428 reviews
130Black Diamond SpeedBlack Diamond Speed4.1548 reviews
131Arcteryx GranvilleArcteryx Granville4.1548 reviews
132Dakine CampusDakine Campus4.154,858 reviews
133TYR AllianceTYR Alliance4.151,312 reviews
134Cotopaxi KilimanjaroCotopaxi Kilimanjaro4.1519 reviews
135Outdoor Research Dry SummitOutdoor Research Dry Summit4.1546 reviews
136Maxpedition CondorMaxpedition Condor4.15495 reviews
137Osprey FairviewOsprey Fairview4.14116 reviews
138High Sierra EmmettHigh Sierra Emmett4.1482 reviews
139Gregory JGregory J4.1468 reviews
140Tenzing TXTenzing TX4.1426 reviews
141The North Face VaultThe North Face Vault4.134,935 reviews
142Eagle Creek PackableEagle Creek Packable4.13185 reviews
143Black Diamond BbeeBlack Diamond Bbee4.1239 reviews
144Deuter GuideDeuter Guide4.1217 reviews
145The North Face PivoterThe North Face Pivoter4.121,339 reviews
146Dakine DetailDakine Detail4.12234 reviews
147Osprey RevOsprey Rev4.12375 reviews
148Quechua ForclazQuechua Forclaz4.126,007 reviews
149Mountain Hardwear South ColMountain Hardwear South Col4.1110 reviews
150Oakley LinkOakley Link4.1128 reviews
151The North Face InductorThe North Face Inductor4.1125 reviews
152Osprey WayfarerOsprey Wayfarer4.1019 reviews
153Kelty RedwingKelty Redwing4.091,902 reviews
154Gregory TargheeGregory Targhee4.0971 reviews
155Gregory AlpinistoGregory Alpinisto4.0942 reviews
156Osprey VariantOsprey Variant4.09109 reviews
157Osprey KamberOsprey Kamber4.0870 reviews
158Burton ExportBurton Export4.0816 reviews
159Gregory MiwokGregory Miwok4.0795 reviews
160Osprey KobyOsprey Koby4.0735 reviews
161Camelbak QuanticoCamelbak Quantico4.0742 reviews
162High Sierra SummitHigh Sierra Summit4.07337 reviews
163Timbuk2 QTimbuk2 Q4.07328 reviews
164Vera Bradley Preppy PolyVera Bradley Preppy Poly4.07371 reviews
165Burton Kettle Pack4.0784 reviews
166Herschel Little AmericaHerschel Little America4.062,485 reviews
167Fjallraven RucksackFjallraven Rucksack4.06645 reviews
168Herschel DawsonHerschel Dawson4.05118 reviews
169Gregory SalvoGregory Salvo4.0442 reviews
170Black Diamond BlitzBlack Diamond Blitz4.0312 reviews
171Osprey PulsarOsprey Pulsar4.0390 reviews
172OGIO SohoOGIO Soho4.031,668 reviews
173Herschel SupplyHerschel Supply4.0310,867 reviews
174Osprey ParsecOsprey Parsec4.0229 reviews
175The North Face IsabellaThe North Face Isabella4.02452 reviews
176High Sierra TitanHigh Sierra Titan4.021,308 reviews
177Black Diamond GymBlack Diamond Gym4.0118 reviews
178Timbuk2 SunsetTimbuk2 Sunset4.012,490 reviews
179Burton WestfallBurton Westfall4.0110 reviews
180High Sierra CurveHigh Sierra Curve4.013,315 reviews
181Deuter AirliteDeuter Airlite4.0082 reviews
182Osprey MomentumOsprey Momentum4.00195 reviews
183Burton KiloBurton Kilo4.00736 reviews
184Deuter QuantumDeuter Quantum4.0025 reviews
185Mammut NeonMammut Neon4.0011 reviews
186Eagle Creek ConvertabriefEagle Creek Convertabrief4.0015 reviews
187Osprey SpinOsprey Spin4.0063 reviews
188High Sierra SwerveHigh Sierra Swerve4.0018,918 reviews
189Black Diamond CirqueBlack Diamond Cirque3.9918 reviews
190Osprey CyberOsprey Cyber3.99208 reviews
191Black Diamond NitroBlack Diamond Nitro3.9845 reviews
192Arcteryx LunaraArcteryx Lunara3.9816 reviews
193Quechua ArpenazQuechua Arpenaz3.9812,391 reviews
194Exped SummitExped Summit3.9815 reviews
195High Sierra TacticHigh Sierra Tactic3.98730 reviews
196Camelbak OctaneCamelbak Octane3.97172 reviews
197Venture Pal LightweightVenture Pal Lightweight3.978,130 reviews
198Gregory StoutGregory Stout3.96154 reviews
199Black Diamond Super ChuteBlack Diamond Super Chute3.9683 reviews
200Jansport Big StudentJansport Big Student3.96122,684 reviews
201Gregory VerteGregory Verte3.9510 reviews
202Patagonia ArborPatagonia Arbor3.95576 reviews
203Vaude BrentaVaude Brenta3.9517 reviews
204Exos BravoExos Bravo3.95554 reviews
205Osprey PandionOsprey Pandion3.9414 reviews
206Hynes EagleHynes Eagle3.942,810 reviews
207High Sierra CirqueHigh Sierra Cirque3.93147 reviews
208High Sierra PathwayHigh Sierra Pathway3.93218 reviews
209Gregory ParagonGregory Paragon3.9259 reviews
210Gregory MavenGregory Maven3.9211 reviews
211Gregory MatiaGregory Matia3.9210 reviews
212Mountainsmith AdventureMountainsmith Adventure3.9263 reviews
213Timbuk2 UptownTimbuk2 Uptown3.92193 reviews
214Timbuk2 AceTimbuk2 Ace3.92140 reviews
215Columbia BeaconColumbia Beacon3.9222 reviews
216Timbuk2 EspecialTimbuk2 Especial3.91493 reviews
217Mountain Hardwear OzonicMountain Hardwear Ozonic3.9111 reviews
218The North Face KabanThe North Face Kaban3.9173 reviews
219Osprey UltralightOsprey Ultralight3.91459 reviews
220Patagonia AtomPatagonia Atom3.91262 reviews
221Kipling ChallengerKipling Challenger3.91842 reviews
222Gregory SulaGregory Sula3.8815 reviews
223Osprey PixelOsprey Pixel3.88232 reviews
224Burton HikerBurton Hiker3.8881 reviews
225Eagle Creek XTAEagle Creek XTA3.8836 reviews
226Herschel RetreatHerschel Retreat3.87549 reviews
227Burton ApolloBurton Apollo3.87118 reviews
228Cotopaxi BomaCotopaxi Boma3.8639 reviews
229Gregory BorderGregory Border3.8510 reviews
230High Sierra WarrenHigh Sierra Warren3.8572 reviews
231Osprey PerigeeOsprey Perigee3.8425 reviews
232Exped CloudburstExped Cloudburst3.8450 reviews
233Fjallraven GreenlandFjallraven Greenland3.8475 reviews
234Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken3.8411,098 reviews
235Patagonia YerbaPatagonia Yerba3.83153 reviews
236Timbuk2 QuestTimbuk2 Quest3.8211 reviews
237Thule CapstoneThule Capstone3.81126 reviews
238Tumi AlphaTumi Alpha3.81465 reviews
239Gregory MayaGregory Maya3.80107 reviews
240OGIO BanditOGIO Bandit3.78915 reviews
241Burton BravoBurton Bravo3.7663 reviews
242Mountainsmith Grand TourMountainsmith Grand Tour3.7510 reviews
243Black Diamond CreekBlack Diamond Creek3.7448 reviews
244Tenba DiscoveryTenba Discovery3.7440 reviews
245Burton KettleBurton Kettle3.73343 reviews
246Pacsafe UltimatesafePacsafe Ultimatesafe3.7310 reviews
247Thule CovertThule Covert3.73241 reviews
248Jansport DriverJansport Driver3.7315,747 reviews
249High Sierra ExplorerHigh Sierra Explorer3.73359 reviews
250The North Face ElectraThe North Face Electra3.72250 reviews
251Eagle Creek AfarEagle Creek Afar3.7252 reviews
252OGIO BrooklynOGIO Brooklyn3.721,524 reviews
253High Sierra AccessHigh Sierra Access3.7210,801 reviews
254OGIO TribuneOGIO Tribune3.72715 reviews
255The North Face AuroraThe North Face Aurora3.7016 reviews
256High Sierra MorayHigh Sierra Moray3.69199 reviews
257Thule DeparterThule Departer3.6874 reviews
258Watershed Big CreekWatershed Big Creek3.6833 reviews
259Pacsafe SlingsafePacsafe Slingsafe3.68379 reviews
260High Sierra SentinelHigh Sierra Sentinel3.67508 reviews
261Mountain Hardwear HuecoMountain Hardwear Hueco3.6636 reviews
262Patagonia RefugioPatagonia Refugio3.661,519 reviews
263Black Diamond MercuryBlack Diamond Mercury3.6631 reviews
264Outdoor Research RangefinderOutdoor Research Rangefinder3.6531 reviews
265Badlands ReactorBadlands Reactor3.6519 reviews
266The North Face ShadowThe North Face Shadow3.6314 reviews
267Mountain Hardwear EnterpriseMountain Hardwear Enterprise3.6261 reviews
268The North Face WavelengthThe North Face Wavelength3.6213 reviews
269Tenba ShootoutTenba Shootout3.62288 reviews
270Patagonia ChacabucoPatagonia Chacabuco3.6059 reviews
271Jansport SinderJansport Sinder3.5992 reviews
272Timbuk2 MuttmoverTimbuk2 Muttmover3.5957 reviews
273High Sierra HawkHigh Sierra Hawk3.5846 reviews
274Gregory SketchGregory Sketch3.5793 reviews
275Patagonia LightweightPatagonia Lightweight3.57629 reviews
276The North Face SproutThe North Face Sprout3.56375 reviews
277Cotopaxi IncaCotopaxi Inca3.5525 reviews
278OXA UltralightOXA Ultralight3.55138 reviews
279Kalusi LightweightKalusi Lightweight3.5538 reviews
280Jansport Spring BreakJansport Spring Break3.55358 reviews
281Black Diamond MagnumBlack Diamond Magnum3.5324 reviews
282Thule EnRouteThule EnRoute3.52768 reviews
283Burton CurbsharkBurton Curbshark3.5016 reviews
284Burton Snake MountainBurton Snake Mountain3.4925 reviews
285Pacsafe IntasafePacsafe Intasafe3.49159 reviews
286Black Diamond BoltBlack Diamond Bolt3.4833 reviews
287High Sierra ModiHigh Sierra Modi3.4848 reviews
288Burton CadetBurton Cadet3.47146 reviews
289High Sierra LightningHigh Sierra Lightning3.4618 reviews
290Timbuk2 HeistTimbuk2 Heist3.4527 reviews
291Samsonite XenonSamsonite Xenon3.451,279 reviews
292High Sierra PropelHigh Sierra Propel3.44310 reviews
293Vanguard PioneerVanguard Pioneer3.4446 reviews
294Arcteryx MantisArcteryx Mantis3.4319 reviews
295Herschel HeritageHerschel Heritage3.43843 reviews
296Osprey BitstreamOsprey Bitstream3.3913 reviews
297Outdoor Products VortexOutdoor Products Vortex3.39145 reviews
298Herschel PackableHerschel Packable3.34255 reviews
299ALPS Mountaineering ArvadaALPS Mountaineering Arvada3.3013 reviews
300Arcteryx BladeArcteryx Blade3.2478 reviews
301High Sierra QuickshotHigh Sierra Quickshot3.23803 reviews
302Thule ParamountThule Paramount3.2279 reviews
303High Sierra WahooHigh Sierra Wahoo3.22191 reviews
304Burton GromletBurton Gromlet3.20130 reviews
305High Sierra LongshotHigh Sierra Longshot3.19230 reviews
306High Sierra PiranhaHigh Sierra Piranha3.18489 reviews
307High Sierra XBTHigh Sierra XBT3.161,327 reviews
308MCM StarkMCM Stark3.1323 reviews
309Thule PerspektivThule Perspektiv3.0875 reviews
310Black Diamond AxisBlack Diamond Axis3.0423 reviews
311Furla CandyFurla Candy2.9354 reviews
312Vango FreedomVango Freedom2.9312 reviews
313High Sierra WaveHigh Sierra Wave2.89781 reviews
314Pacsafe PouchsafePacsafe Pouchsafe2.8513 reviews
315Jack Wolfskin BerkeleyJack Wolfskin Berkeley2.8418 reviews
316High Sierra RiptideHigh Sierra Riptide2.8130 reviews
317High Sierra MarlinHigh Sierra Marlin2.8076 reviews
318High Sierra TethurHigh Sierra Tethur2.6620 reviews
319Dakine WillowDakine Willow2.6026 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.

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Exped TyphoonExped Typhoon
Gregory MillcreekGregory Millcreek
Marmot GravitonMarmot Graviton
Bergans RondaneBergans Rondane
Lowe Alpine EclipseLowe Alpine Eclipse
Patagonia BonsaiPatagonia Bonsai
Lowe Alpine VectorLowe Alpine Vector
Marmot Big BasinMarmot Big Basin
Fjallraven KirunaFjallraven Kiruna
Lowe Alpine CholatseLowe Alpine Cholatse
Deuter ZugspitzeDeuter Zugspitze
Lowe Alpine StrikeLowe Alpine Strike
Lowe Alpine Peak AscentLowe Alpine Peak Ascent
Gregory TahquitzGregory Tahquitz
Lowe Alpine SparkLowe Alpine Spark
Heimplanet MonolithHeimplanet Monolith
Gregory SuciaGregory Sucia
Gregory PatosGregory Patos
Gregory PierpontGregory Pierpont
Marmot AnzaMarmot Anza
Lowe Alpine AdventurerLowe Alpine Adventurer
Gregory KletterGregory Kletter
Gregory VelataGregory Velata
Gregory TarifaGregory Tarifa
Gregory SatumaGregory Satuma
Burton GorgeBurton Gorge
Deuter TravellerDeuter Traveller
Grivel Mountain RunnerGrivel Mountain Runner
Sea to Summit Ultra-SilSea to Summit Ultra-Sil
Mammut XeronMammut Xeron
Gregory BooneGregory Boone
Dakine PatrolDakine Patrol
Gregory BaffinGregory Baffin
Ortovox TradOrtovox Trad
Mountainsmith DivideMountainsmith Divide
Boreas MissionBoreas Mission
Bergans HeliumBergans Helium
Gregory CitroGregory Citro
Gregory DriftGregory Drift
Ortovox PeakOrtovox Peak
Montane JawsMontane Jaws
Boreas ExcelsiorBoreas Excelsior
Boreas Muir
Burton FathomBurton Fathom
Burton RidersBurton Riders
EMS SectorEMS Sector
Exped MountainExped Mountain
Vaude JuraVaude Jura
Vaude MaremmaVaude Maremma
Vaude ScopiVaude Scopi
Sea to Summit FlowSea to Summit Flow
Sea to Summit RapidSea to Summit Rapid
Mammut LithiaMammut Lithia
Marmot ArborMarmot Arbor
Mystery Ranch KletterwerksMystery Ranch Kletterwerks
Columbia CircuitColumbia Circuit
High Sierra AscenderHigh Sierra Ascender
Herschel Barlow
Mountainsmith CavernMountainsmith Cavern
Mountainsmith WizardMountainsmith Wizard
The North Face SlackpackThe North Face Slackpack
Lowe Alpine ATLowe Alpine AT
Lowe Alpine TensorLowe Alpine Tensor
ALPS Mountaineering SolitudeALPS Mountaineering Solitude
Black Diamond SparkBlack Diamond Spark
Boreas EchoBoreas Echo
Boreas LarkinBoreas Larkin
Brooks DalstonBrooks Dalston
The North Face SnomadThe North Face Snomad
Mammut NirvanaMammut Nirvana
Mammut SpindriftMammut Spindrift
Mindshift Gear UltralightMindshift Gear Ultralight
Fjallraven TotepackFjallraven Totepack
Mountainsmith SpectrumMountainsmith Spectrum
Marmot GunnisonMarmot Gunnison
Marmot Scree
Montane DragonMontane Dragon
Chrome UrbanChrome Urban
Hudson Sutler YorktownHudson Sutler Yorktown
Olympia DenaliOlympia Denali
Eagle Creek Ready GoEagle Creek Ready Go
Slumberjack StriderSlumberjack Strider
Ortlieb CommuterOrtlieb Commuter
Ethnotek RajaEthnotek Raja
Zac Zac Posen EarthaZac Zac Posen Eartha
Fjallraven AbiskoFjallraven Abisko
Marmot RootMarmot Root
Mindshift Gear BackLightMindshift Gear BackLight

Last updated on January 22, 2019

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