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Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Urban Hiker, Wilderness Backpacker
The Best Backpacks for Backpacking and Hiking is an current list of the best backpacks for the outdoors. We’ve tested, reviewed, and awarded this gear.
Recommended For: Day Hiker
Award: Budget Pick 2016
The REI Trail 25 is compact yet intricate, full of conveniences, and retains all day comfort with a full 25 liter load. Comes with a rain cover, too!
Recommended For: Wilderness Backpacker
The Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10 backpack is a loyal companion that brims with rugged capabilities and a crazy number of features for the price.
Award: Classic Pick 2016
Light as a feather, tight as a glove! The Osprey Talon 22 backpack adjusts to your body, breathes, and has a pocket for everything. Hard to ask for more.
Award: Premium Pick 2016
More comfortable than my bed and nearly as spacious as my tiny house, the Opsrey Manta AG 28 an ideal pack for those extra long day hikes.
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
Unisex sexy, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 redefines an ultralight backpacking trip with pockets galore, ample padding, and copious straps.
Recommended For: Urban Hiker
The Mission Workshop Sanction is the hippest pack around, but doesn’t sacrifice comfort or durability for style. Rugged, dependable, and super fly.
The North Face Jester backpack is a sexy sack that will hold your important junk close to your trunk while impressing anyone who watches you walk.
For any city dweller that must “have a home” for all their items, The North Face Borealis is a standout. It’s even big enough for your tiny purse dog.
The Osprey Atmos AG 65 is angelic, beastly, and carries the load better than Sam Gamgee would have if Frodo wasn’t so psychotically possessive of his little ring.
Light, lean, well-made, and so splendidly compressible, the Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 may be worth twice what they’re asking.
If backpacks were a species in the animal kingdom, the Arc’teryx Altra 65 would embody the silverback gorilla, the grizzly bear, or the African lioness.
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400 is ultralight, watertight, comfortable, gigantic, and can carry up to 40 pounds. As the kids would say: just plain dope.
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