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.