AmazonBasics Hiking Backpack
Made with durable polyester. The backpack comes in three sizing choices:
- 50 liters,
- 60 liters, and
- 70 liters
It comes in two colors
- Black or
A feature of the AmazonBasics backpack is the extension collar that allows an extra 5 liters of storage space.
Features of the AmazonBasics Backpack
Has extensive storage compartments and pockets. Multi-direction compression straps, and a sleeping bag compartment.
Made of strong polyester, the backpack is ideal for camping and hiking on a budget.
The internal frame backpack offers capacities of:
55L (50 liters and 5 liters extension collar),
65L (60 liters and 5 liters extensions collar), and
75L (70 liters and 5 liters extension collar).
Padded shoulder straps and adjustable straps provided for a comfortable fit.
Lower Back Support
The molded channels and open-cell foam lumbar pad for airflow and lower back support.
Comes with the AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty.
Two Color Options
Comes in green and black colors.
Comes with a waterproof cover to protect against heavier rain.
Has an integrated rainfly (water-resistant) for light rain.
Water Resistant Coating
External coating is water-repellent.
Advantages of the AmazonBasics Backpack
- Uneven Weight Distribution
Although comfortable, the weight is not evenly distributed. If you’re traveling by air, you may need to check this bag in or bring a smaller bag for air travel. The backpack is too large for overhead airplane compartments.
- Front Pocket
The front pocket is only reinforced by one zipper. This pocket does bear a lot of weight. Thus, if weight from the main compartment bears on the front pocket, the contents of the pocket may spill. You may not be even aware of this until you reach your destination or if you stop at some point.
The hiking backpack is not adjustable to fit all torso sizes, so shorter hikers might have a hard time using it. While the backpack has several small compartments, it doesn’t have hip strap pockets. These are handy for storing quick-access items.
- Sleeping Bag Compartment
The sleeping bag compartment also tends to be on the small side. You may end up placing your sleeping bag inside the main compartment. Instead of the sleeping bag, this compartment may be a place to store your toiletries and extra clothes.
- Tension Straps Loosen
Unfortunately, the greatest drawback to this backpack comes after you start your trek. Once you have begun to use it and you may be in the middle of your trek. The shoulder tension straps and the bottom strap often tend to loosen. This is particularly noticeable when carrying heavy loads of up to 50 pounds. You need to adjust them constantly and find a way for this to stick.
With its affordable price, there comes a few trade-offs. The backpack has durable stitching, is waterproof, and has a lot of compartments. But, the buckles for adjusting the straps do not hold up well.
- Drink Holders
The cup holder nets are also not durable and also barely fit a 32-ounce water bottle. After a few camping trips, the nets may tear. It would be better if the these were made from the same material as the rest of the bag. Making the cup holders larger would also be a huge help.