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Covering The Spectrum Of Possible Uses… these tough backpacks are up for the task!
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For now, I have compiled a small list of my other favorites below in a easy to read chart.
The interactive chart of backpacks below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best backpacks are for you. (note: clicking on any of the links in the chart will yield us a commission, so if you like the info please support!)
Peruse Through My Comparison Guide Below!
|Backpacks||Torso Length (inches)||Weight (lbs.)||Capacity (liters)||Frame||Price||Rating|
|Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack||adjustable||4.5||56||internal||$$||4.5|
|Osprey Exos 46 Backpack||adjustable||3||46||frameless||$$||4.8|
|Eberlestock X1A1HB Hunting Pack||adjustable||3||29||frameless||$$||4.7|
|5.11 Covrt 18 Backpack||30||5.2||88||internal||$$||4.4|
|Gregory Mountain Z 40 Backpack||36||7||86||external||$$||4.7|
|High Sierra Loop Backpack||20||2.8||26||frameless||$$||3.8|
|The North Face Terra 65 Hiking Pack||17||3.3||25||frameless||$$||4.4|
|THE NORTH FACE Borealis Daypack||21||2||25||frameless||$$||4.7|
|Gregory Baltoro 65 Technical Pack||23||3||65||internal||$$$||4.7|
Included in the matrix are 8 columns:
– Backpack pictures
– Backpack brand and name/model – (click to view more details or to purchase)
– Liter Capacity Cubic Inches – Size
– Torso Length
– Price – These are approximate prices on Amazon.com. These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more. But generally speaking: $ = under $40, $$ = $40 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
– Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com. This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.
*Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier
Honestly, you would probably be happy to have ANY backpack with you. But obviously since you are reading this, you are someone that plans ahead, and you don’t want just any old pack, you want the best backpack possible to well, travel with.
The best backpack is one that suits your needs and fits you comfortably. That’s it.
We all have our personal preferences on what makes a good pack to go hunting, camping, hiking, for school/office or deploy (military) with, but in an extreme situation (getting deployed overseas and you have a day to pack) you want the absolute best backpack possible, and so we’re here to help!
The backpacks included on this chart actually only begin to scratch the surface. So many manufacturers and models exist that there is no way that we could have listed everything. However, many exceptional backpacks are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers.
Most of the backpacks included are internally framed which many feel is an essential criteria for choosing a proper hiking backpack. However, you will indeed notice a couple of day packs that also make good options.
What is a backpack and where did it come from?
There are many names for backpacks. Some people call them knapsacks, others rucksacks, and even packsacks. Pretty much what they all are includes a bag that has a couple of straps that you can either put across your shoulder or your back. Of course there is a bit of a history for them, and in the past people would just put a sack over their shoulder.
Nowadays most of us use our backpacks for a bunch of different ways, including for traveling, carrying a computer, going on a long hike, or simply carrying your basics around with you. However, in the past, hunters would often use them for their ammunition and weaponry, as well as putting in their catch once they’d finished hunting.
Of course with such a small bag they couldn’t put the whole thing in it, so they would have to cut it up into pieces and then give it to the other hunters to carry back to the group.
Most of the time these backpacks were made out of animal skin from other hunts. The kind of skin would vary depending upon what area of the world the hunters were inhabiting.
They constructed these animal skin backpacks by using the innards of the animals as a way to combine the skin together, as it formed a very secure way of tying everything together.
The Word ‘Backpack’…
You probably don’t know this, but the word “backpack” was first used in the early 1910s in the USA. Prior to any sort of word, they would call them pack sacks or money bags.
There’s even a German word called “rucksack” that is often used by soldiers in the US military and in England. The word is derived from “der Rucken” which is a German word that is in regards to a human backside.
Sometimes the easiest way to call a backpack is simply to label it as a pack. However, there are lots of definitions for “packs” so to have a better definition the word “backpack” is used. There’s another pack called a “bodypack” that can be confused for the backpacks that we’re talking about here.
Bodypacks are actually located in the chest area and have pockets in them.
Perhaps a better name for them would be “chestpack”.
Let’s take a look at Backpack Evolution
Since we are now civilized, we are quite different from the hunters of the past. Therefore over time backpacks have definitely changed as the technologies that humans have developed provided better ways to construct the best backpacks.
Because of these changes, there have come upon us more luxury packs that we can choose from.
Backpacks aren’t just used for going out and hunting anymore, as they have developed many more purposes over time. In the 1950s a lighter, sturdier, and more compact backpack was developed. This made it so that the whole concept of a backpack was changed.
How the invention of the backpack came about…
The inventor of these miraculous changes, Kelty, was a man who often went out hiking. He had a bunch of gear for hiking, so it was quite difficult for him to be able to carry everything.
He began trying out different ways of carrying his gear. He tried getting equipment from the army stores, but it was a bit too heavy duty for his purposes.
During a hike back in 1951, he was hiking along with his friend and they came up with the idea of taking the load off their shoulders and having it be on their hip bones instead. They cut off the end of there pants and both hikers came to the conclusion that this was a much better way of carrying their equipment.
Later on Kelty invented a way of adding a hard frame to construct a more heavy duty backpack. Later on he changed it to be lighter along with his wife who changed the materials to nylon. Thereafter they started selling the backpack of twenty four dollars each.
They continued innovating and adding more features to the backpacks and the rest is history…
Review Of The Top 5 Best Backpacks
Honestly, most of the backpacks included above are excellent options; but there are a few that we just need to point out as our favorites. Below you will find our top 5 picks for the overall best backpacks along with a more detailed review of each. So, pull up your camping chair, lets dig into these options.
#1. Oakley Snowmad 30 Backpack 2014
This product has taken the brand to the top with regards to snow sports. This snowboarding backpack is regarded as the best for conditions around snow. Listed below is a short description of this backpack.
Firstly, this backpack is extremely lightweight which is perfect for mountain sports. It is made from rip stop and ballistic nylon which makes it extremely durable and weather resistant.
This product has been tested vigorously to determine the extent of the backpacks durability. There is a diagonal ski carrier or a snowboard carrier that fits on vertically. It is very easy to store the snowboard or skis on this backpack and is easily bound tight and in place.
The back panel is made of foam for comfortable use on a regular basis. The frame of the backpack is made from contoured aluminum. There is a safety panel that allows the rider to carry emergency gear.
A holster can be found within the backpack for convenient storage of bottles. There is also a safety whistle included for emergencies. A padded removable strap around the waist ensures a firm grip for the owner.
There is a camera pocket as well. The total capacity of the backpack is 30 liters and the cost of the item is about $175.
Oakley is the number one brand in snow sports and has always been the first choice for athletes in winter sports. This backpack is currently being used by the best performers in the extreme sports.
The Oakley Snowmad 30 Backpack is definitely a must have item for any snowboarder as it allows them to carry supplies for a day in case of any mishap. This backpack has been rated highly by previous users and there have never had any negative reviews on this product.
#2. Geigerrig Rig 1210
We have all had to deal with the embarrassment of carrying a water bottle to school at some point. They are heavy and ugly but then again, we cannot survive without the magic liquid. Water is an essential part of our daily lives and for some people (hikers, outdoor lovers, army personnel etc); finding clean drinking water can be the difference between life and death.
Enter the Geigerrig Pressurized Rig 1210.
This hydration pack is the best in the world and is the chosen one for thousands of soldiers and adventure sports enthusiasts. Let us take a look at some of the vital features of this pack.
Firstly, the size of this product is perfect for carrying around because it is neither too big nor is it too small. With a height of 19.7 inches, a breadth of 13 inches and a width of 3.9 inches, the pack is perfect for outdoor activities.
Weighing about 3 pounds, it is not too heavy and cumbersome as well.
Secondly, storage options are in abundance. There are many pockets that come with safety zippers which makes storage a breeze. Three sleeve pockets can be found externally which offer a large space of storage as well.
The bladder of this pack can hold a total of 100 oz of liquid which ensures the carrier has enough to hydration till they find another source and refills.
And thirdly, but definitely the most important feature is the Geigerrig Hydration System that has won awards for its ingenuity and performance. There is a soft comfortable chest strap to proper grip and on this strap a pipe for easy access drinking.
There is an attachment on the shoulder that holds a magnetic tube as well for sharing water with others.
The water is accessed with the help of quick release valves. A pressurized tube is used for refilling and removing the bladder which makes it super easy to use.
This pack is perfect for any terrain. It is 100% water resistant and extremely durable and can be washed in a dishwasher. Heavy duty ballistic nylon was used in its production which makes it almost impossible to destroy.
Available in three colors, black, red and gunmetal, this pack costs around $160, but is definitely worth every penny.
#3. The North Face Hot Shot
The brand has taken hikers to newer heights, literally. Many people believe that the brands best products are their back packs, especially their hiking range.
One of the best products in this range is The North Face Hot Shot. It is definitely a pack worth having for any hiker taking on Mother Nature. Let us take a look at the features this pack has to offer and what it is that makes it such a hit.
The shoulder straps are perfect for long excursions or even a day out in the city. Injection molded Flex Vent straps give the owner absolute comfort. The top layer is made of Atilon foam which provides extra support and the bottom layer is made of PE foam which adds to the comfort level.
There is a back panel made from Air mesh that is attached to a Spine Channel and a PE Sheet which gives the owner the ultimate support for their back. There is a light loop which is an integrated reflective one that is used for night excursions.
A stowable winged belt can be found on the hip for addition support and grip. As far as storage goes, this pack has a large compartment along with a laptop sleeve that accommodates till 15 inch laptops quite easily.
There are 2 organization and hydration ports as well. The pack is a 26 liter one which means there is more than enough space for supplies and other essential items.
This hiking pack range starts at $68 and reaches $139. There is a price difference because people can choose the type of pack they want. The basic pack without the added amenities would cost $68 while the above mentioned one would cost $139.
This pack is definitely worth the price tag because the owner gets a quality item that is both durable and great looking.
#4. Osprey Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack
As an experienced outdoors man, I can’t recommend this pack enough. In all my years of romping around the 6 million acres of the Adirondack Park I have been through a good deal of equipment. One area I’ve always had problems with was backpacks.
After buying the Osprey Farpoint 70 Travel Backpack it’s safe to say I have found my go to pack for the next few years!
As I mentioned I’ve had a lot of experience outdoors. I’ve been hiking mountains and long trails for over a decade and it has become a passion of mine. My old pack ended up falling apart after a few years of use and a friend recommended me to this product.
So far I have only used it for two trips and already love it.
I’ve noticed that a lot of packs I have owned were awkward, bulky, and uncomfortable to carry around. This is no good when you are hiking for days at a time. This bag was a whole new experience for me.
On my first outing with it, I planned on spending three days outdoors. It was incredibly lightweight and compact, making it easy for me to maneuver up treacherous paths with balance.
My favorite quality however, definitely has to be the comfort. The harness fit perfectly and the straps were easy to adjust to my preferences. Trust me, when you are hauling around tons of equipment over the course of three days this makes a big difference.
This bag came loaded with new features that I have learned to love. The sleeping pad straps fit nice and snug and there are a ton of different ways for you to rig your equipment up to the bag. Perhaps the most useful feature on the bag has been the rescue whistle.
One night I was arrogant enough to take off exploring without my compass.
I ended up knee deep in a disgusting marsh with no idea where I was. After a few blows of the whistle my friends were able to locate me and bring me back to the camp. Thank god I had it.
When it comes to comfort, style, and reliability, it doesn’t get much better than this pack. It is sturdy and for its size fits a surprising amount of stuff. I would gladly pay twice the price to own this bag.
#5. Deuter Farpoint 80 +10
Think about it, last time you went on a trip and before you left, you had to decide whether to take your swim gear, dress clothes or a coat/jacket.
Well, for most backpackers we are hoping for the best on the trip before we leave… but in reality we really have no idea. This makes packing really difficult. The obvious solution is to pack for all probable activities and situations, but that is not very practical.
I’ll start by explaining that I am a small girl – about only 5 ft tall and I don’t weigh over 110 lbs. This time last year I was in South East Asia. The Deuter Traveller 80+10 travel backpack served me well as I was backpacking through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
One time I was running through Chiang Mai after missing a bus – pretty sure this was caused by language barriers, well I like to think so, rather than my own clumsiness.
I won’t get into detail about just how far I had to carry it because it is quite embarrassing. Suffice to say, this travel pack, despite its large size, is very comfortable and easy to run with!
I give this travel pack my own gold star in the – best backpacks – category. I’ve already told you how easy it is to carry, but there are so many other features which I loved about this travel pack compared with my last one. This travel backpack comes with a smaller day pack which is zipped on the font!
This meant that as I was running through Chiang Mai, both backpacks were on my back, but when I finally made it to the airport, I unzipped the smaller bag to use as my carry on luggage.
I think the best feature about this travel backpack, however, is that the entire front unzips… which means you have really easy access to all of your stuff!
Now that you have seen the options and reviewed our top picks for the best backpacks for you on the market, its up to you to pick what meets your needs, is in your price range, and overall help you gear up for your outdoor adventures.
As you know, new packs are being created all the time by new and old manufacturers. For that reason, the comparison chart above will be updated as new packs need to be added to the list.
Or if you feel like we missed a superior backpack that needs to be included on the list, let me know by clicking the “contact us” above!