Best Hiking Backpacks


During my last hiking trip to Kenya, I ended up losing my backpack what forced me to purchase a new one. Because of this particular event, I decided to compile this short list of best hiking backpacks. The resources I used for this list are: Rei.Com, GoCamp24 and Outdoor Gear Lab

Osprey Talon 44

The backpack weighs barely 1 kilogram and is designed for individuals who like to move with a light weight. Its unique features include an AirScape back panel which is made of mesh-covered foam with maximum comfort, excellent breathability, and a great body to provide support.

For long trips, the bag has an external water reservoir, which has space to fit up to 3-liter bottles as well as two stretch mesh pockets on the side, front pocket, and two zipped hip belt pockets. The specially designed aluminum rods inside the back panel efficiently stabilizes the load. The backpack comes with additional features like an emergency whistle, Stow on the Go trekking pole attachment, and twin ice axe loops. The trekking pole system allows you to store poles without removing the backpack.

Montane Torque 40

The Montane Torque 40 is best for individuals who are planning to do complex tours since this version is more durable and strong than the Osprey Talon 44, but this improvement comes with the tradeoff that it weighs more. It is made of special fabric, Raptor TL fabric, which is known for its abrasion resistance. This bag is DWR-treated which makes it more or less waterproof. The Raptor UTL fabric, an even tougher and sturdier fabric, is used to fortify the exposed areas of the bag for extra protection.

It is equipped with specially designed detachable VertErgo system that provides stabilization while climbing and has a popup emergency sleeping mat folded alongside. It also has a top pocket and an internal security pocket. There is also a water reservoir that is in an internal sleeve. It is best for people involved in climbing and mountaineering.

SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack

Photo of Kenya by JackWoodwarth1

This particular backpack is bigger and heavier than the ones mentioned above. It has a larger volume and can accommodate more stuff. It has a mesh back panel for ventilation and is made of soft material that is very durable. It does not scuff the contents in it and has foam pads to provide comfort. The pack includes an internal water reservoir and a top tube opening. It has many pockets such as front pockets, side pockets, hip belt pockets, and a shoulder strap pocket. The hip belt is adjustable for a comfortable fit. The chest strap has an emergency whistle attached to it. The Lowe AirZone is one of the best backpacks with just one drawback, which is its weight. It is recommended for activities such as hiking and trekking.

Deuter Futura Pro 42

The Futura is a very comfortable backpack but quite heavy. It has an Aircomfort system on its back which provides ventilation. The back panel is set with an adjustable steel frame that evens out the load. The pack is designed with durable and high-quality materials. It has lid pockets, side pockets, and hip belt pockets. Moreover, it consists of an attachment system for poles and ice axe, wet laundry compartment, and a separate bottom compartment. The Deuter is also hydration system compatible. It is suitable for hiking, mountaineering, trekking, and walking.

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