Top Ten Hiking Backpacks

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Top Ten Hiking Backpacks


Hiking requires certain materials that can’t be carried handily. You will therefore need a backpack for that. However, your backpack must also make sure hiking is more comfortable and faster and as well carry all materials you need.

Top Ten Hiking Backpacks

Most quality hiking backpacks have ultralightweight, they are durable and waterproof. Some also come with adjustable size and back ventilation. Other backpacks have a large capacity with an adjustable hip belt. A list of recommended backpacks is given below.

The Hyperman Mountain Gear Southwest 2400 and 3400

The first is The Hyperman Mountain Gear Southwest 2400 and 3400 is the most recommended backpack to hikers. The backpack’s weight normally ranges between 1lb. 14oz to 2lbs and has a holding capacity of 40L or 55L. It is the most recommended because it is ultralight, nearly waterproof, durable, and comes with spacious hip belt pockets. However, the pricey sides of this backpack are not padded and it has an exceptional balance between weight.

Osprey Atmos and Aura AG 65

The second most recommended backpack is the Osprey Atmos and Aura AG 65. This backpack is pretty expensive and comes with numerous straps that make it a bit busy to certain hikes. It is also heavier as compared to other backpacks. It can also comfortably carry heavy loads, has enough space, and has an adjustable torso with separate sleeping bag pockets. Its weight is normally 4lbs.6oz and has a volume of 60L which can take a maximum weight of 50lbs.

Gossamer Gear Gorilla

The third is the Gossamer Gear Gorilla which has a weight of 11lbs.14oz and can take a maximum weight of 30lbs. It has a volume capacity of 50L and comes with additional specs like being ultralight, well-padded, durable, and having a comfortable spotlight pad. However, it is disadvantaged because its front pocket mesh is not durable and is a bit costly than other backpacks.

Deuteter Aircontact Lite (50+10/45+10 SL)

The next backpack is the Deuteter Aircontact Lite (50+10/45+10 SL). It has a volume of either 55L or 60L accompanied by a total weight containment of 50lbs. Whereas the actual weight of the pack is 3lbs.14/12oz which comes with a highly adjustable torso, well-padded frames, and additional removable daypack. However, its mesh pockets aren’t durable and it’s a bit heavier.

Gregory Optic 48 and Octal 45

Gregory Optic 48 and Octal 45 weigh 2lbs.8oz and can take a maximum weight of 40lbs which has a spacious capacity of 45L or 48L. It has advantages like being affordable, having a sturdy frame, good back ventilation, and an excellent weight transfer. However, water bottles are very cumbersome to access and their outer pocket mesh isn’t durable.

REI Flash 55

The next most highly recommended is the REI Flash 55 which is an affordable lightweight backpack that is highly customizable. Its weight is 2lbs.10oz which can take a maximum weight of 40lbs. It has a volume capacity of 55L. This backpack has a recommendable feature known as the packmod; a feature that allows pockets and straps to be reconfigured. It is accompanied by a good pocket organization, however, its pockets lack durability.

Zpacks Arc Blast

The seventh on the list is the Zpacks Arc Blast which is adequately ultralight with back ventilation. Its weight is 1lb. 5oz and takes up a maximum weight of 30lbs. It has a volume capacity of 55L but feels more like 40L. It also has an appreciable weather resistance but sadly quite expensive and its manufacturing material not being durable.

REI Flash 55

The next most highly recommended hiking backpack is the REI Flash 55 which is an affordable lightweight backpack that is highly customizable. Its weight is 2lbs.10oz which can take a maximum weight of 40lbs. It has a volume capacity of 55L. This backpack has a recommendable feature known as the packmod;a feature that allows pockets and straps to be reconfigured. It is accompanied with good pocket organization ,however it pockets lack durability.

Zpacks Arc Blast

The seventh on the list is the Zpacks Arc Blast which is adequately ultralight with back ventilation. Its weight is 1lb.5oz and takes up a maximum weight of 30lbs. It has a volume capacity of 55L but feels more like 40L. It also has an appreciable weather resistance but sadly quite expensive and its manufacturing material not being durable.

Granite Gear Crown2

The eight backpack on the list is Granite Gear Crown2 is also an affordable backpack which also has an adjustable hipbelt. It’s actual weight is 2bls.5oz and can take a maximum weight of 35lbs with a spacious capacity of 60L. It however takes a while for your back to adjust to this backpack though it’s spacious, durable and have a perfect dial fit.

Gregory Paragon 58 and Maven 55


Gregory Paragon 58 and Maven 55 has a comfortable midweight that is capable of transferring weight to the hip fantastically well. It has a product weight of 3lbs.9oz or 3lbs.3oz and can take up a maximum weight of 50lbs. It’s volume containment is 58L or 55L. The backpack has a side entry zipper and an adjustable torso and hipbelt. It has a rain cover yet it’s very much heavy as compared to others and a bit busy-like.

ULA Circuit

The last and the tenth hiking backpack to be highlighted is ULA Circuit. It comes in a variety of colours and has an ordinary weight of 3lbs and can take up a maximum weight of 50lbs. Its volume capacity is 45L and has a fitting strap for its pocket mesh. This backpack is also very comfortable and durable.

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