Daypacks up to 50 Liters
A good daypack is a key piece of gear for any type of outdoor adventure. Most people look for the ability to carry enough food and water for their day out. Additionally, maybe an extra layer of clothing or two, a first-aid kit, and a headlamp.
The price of daypacks varies quite a bit with the in-built features and carrying ability. Cheap ones are good for carrying a light load.
Large Backpacks 50-70 Liters
Backpacks in the 50-70 liter capacity range are designed for intermediate length hikes of up to 5 days (7 days if you travel light).
There has been a resurgence in people getting back out on the trails and finding themselves. We review the best selling backpacks in this range for you to assist with your selection of the correct backpack for you.
Extra Large Backpacks 70+ Liters
Extra large backpacks are designed to cater for extended trips or backpacking holidays. Whilst they are larger packs with plenty of storage space, today’s modern designs are ergonomic, minimalistic, thoughtful design. Gone are the days of large bulky external frames.
Many designs are now aimed for the ultralight, comfort-oriented design for the modern market.
6 Questions You Must Answer Before Buying A Backpack
- What is the intended purpose?
- How much weight can I carry?
- How long is your average hiking trip going to be?
- What is my level of fitness?
- Where are my intended trips going to be.
- Time of year and expected weather.
1. What is the intended purpose of your backpack
For weekend hiking (1-3 nights) a backpack with a capacity of 30-50 liters should be sufficient. If you need more room than this you are trying to take too much. Be able to pack light requires careful planning as to what you need and self-discipline to only take what you need. It has the great advantage that your hiking becomes more enjoyable as your as less weighed down by your pack.
Multi-day trips I have classified as 3-5 nights, a backpack with 50-80 liters capacity will suit for this purpose. These are the most popular backpacks being sold at the moment, as they are able to be used for both shorter trips without being too large, and big enough to accommodate the needs of a hiker planning an extended trip as well.
Extended trips are trips that last 6 or more nights. However they are also used for winter trips where cold weather gear, tents, sleeping bags and also wet weather gear need to be carried. These packs are also preferred by families hiking where the parents can carry some of the load for the children, making it a much more pleasurable experience for them.
2. How much weight can I carry?
Most people initially overestimate how much weight they can comfortably carry. 30lbs doesn’t seem like much weight but when you consider that you are carrying that for extended periods the weight becomes a much larger burden. This is then combined that whilst carrying this weight you are also hiking a considerable distance and a lot of times this hiking will be on uneven trails which again makes everything a little bit harder.
The Scout 3400 Hiking Backpack is Teton Sports’ answer to the growing demand for lightweight yet high quality hiking packs. We take a comprehensive look at the Scout 3400 and determine what makes it a good hiking backpack.
At only 4.5 pounds, it is suitable for young campers, boy scouts, and anyone who wants to hike with as little gear weight as possible. When filled, the Scout 3400 may carry up to 55 liters or its equivalent worth of materials.
The Venture Pal Backpack is one of the most popular backpacks used by day hikers. We take a comprehensive look at the venture Pal pack and determine what makes it such a good daypack for hiking.
This lightweight backpack folds down to almost nothing when not in use, weighing just 0.7lbs, it actually folds into its own inner pocket. This means that you can have a versatile pack that is not taking up unnecessary room when not in use.
A lightweight backpack with heavy duty performance. The Outlander Ultra Lightweight Backpack is extremely popular among those people looking for an ultra light backpack. With two sizes to choose from either 20L or 33L capacity this is a backpack with an option that will suit your needs.
The Outlander Ultra easy folds down and fits into a pouch about the same size as a CD case, making it extremely versatile and easy to store. This pack is suitable for a days hiking or as your trusty travel companion on your everyday commute.
Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack
Any seasoned hiker out there knows that whatever gear you bring with you can either make or break your multi-day hiking experience.
When it comes to backpacks, the standard would be something that can enhance your experience more without posing problems in the middle of the trip. Some large backpacks have tried to deliver on that and many have failed.
The Osprey Atmos 65, on the other hand, has several features which might make it one of the best in the industry right now.
Osprey Farpoint 40 Backpack
The Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack is an attention-grabbing yet a must-have hiking backpack, that is proving very popular.
A bag can spell the difference between a rewarding and a troublesome hiking trip. Therefore, it is important to choose wisely from the various hiking backpacks that may suit your traveling needs.
For the past few years, tall and bulky hiking backpacks have been the norm. Osprey shakes things up by designing compact traveling bags. One of most popular of those is the Farpoint 40.
Hikers are aware that the most important gear that they have to bring is a quality backpack that is large enough to carry the food, water, and gear necessary while still being comfortable and lightweight.
If you enjoy an overnight journey or a day hike in the wilderness, you will benefit from using the Teton Sports Oasis 1100 backpack. It is a high capacity hydration backpack, but only weighs about two pounds when empty.
The amazing features of the Teton backpack make it stand out from the rest of the competition.
The Explorer 4000 Hiking Backpack is high performance quality backpack from Teton Sports.
A pack weight of only only 5 pounds and capable of holding 65 liters. This backpack is suitable for those longer hikes of around 2-5 days. Packed with features like a multi position torso adjustment and an adjustable waist belt. This is one comfortable backpack to carry.
Learn all you need to know about the Explorer 4000 by reading our comprehensive review.
3. How long is your average hiking trip going to be?
There are 2 components to this question. Firstly how many days are you hiking for? A 7 day hiking trip requires more forethought and equipment than just a quick day hike or an overnight.
Secondly how far do you intend to hike each day, again when most people start out they grossly overestimate how far they can comfortably hike each day carrying a backpack.
In addition to this you must also consider the elevation gains of your intended hike, as this can considerably affect the distance you can hike in a day.
Another consideration for daily hiking distances is the condition of the trail that you are hiking on, the better made the trail the further you can easily hike.