How to Choose the Best Hiking Backpacks for You




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Which Are the Best Hiking Backpacks for You?

When heading out to the mountains either for the day or a hiking trip in other parts of the world you must have the right backpack and gear. This last year I have so enjoyed hiking in the Canadian Rockies with my husband and friends.

I truly believe it is because I took the time to find the right backpack for my frame and I had it sized to my frame by an outdoor specialist.

Hiking now has become one of my favorite pastimes and I try to get out to the mountains as often as possible. For me now, especially in these crazy times, it has become crucial for my health to be in the woods and the mountains.

This centers me and gives me joy. Plus I have noticed I am not the only one enjoying this free pastime with their families. It is such a joy to see people getting healthy and enjoying the great outdoors.

So we asked ourselves. What is the best backpack for myself and also my husband? We made a category such as comfort, cost, weight, durability, frame size, volume, material, and of course does it look good. Lol. Do we require a day pack? How heavy do we need it to be? Which are the most popular hiking backpacks recommended?

Therefore I hope this helps someone in their search. If I could say one more thing about my search is that I took my time and I spoke to the outdoor specialist which was such a blessing and so helpful.

Below are some of the tips I think may help you when you are looking for your ultimate backpack.

  • cost
  • comfort
  • weight
  • frame
  • durability
  • volume
  • material
  • the cool factor (you do have to look good)

Well, this really also depends on what your requirements are, such as are your day is hiking or going away on a fabulous hiking trip…

These are the ones that were recommended for my husband. Osprey Packs Stratos 24 Backpack, Black, o/s, One Size. I went with Osprey Packs Tempest 9 Women’s Hiking Backpack, WX/Small. Best things we have ever bought and we highly recommend them.

Different people have different needs and requirements, so here are a few you should consider and try on.

Osprey Pack Stratos 24 Backpacking

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Osprey Packs Stratos 24 Backpack hiking

Stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment

Integrated rain cover

Internal hydration reservoir sleeve

Dual side stretch mesh pockets

Front panel storage pocket

Size: One Size  |  Color Name: Black

Product & Technical Details

Product Dimensions

55.88 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm; 1.25 Kilograms
Item model number 10000809
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Black
Size One Size
Style Stratos 24
Height 0.51 Meters
Length 0.15 Meters
Weight 1 Kilograms
Width 0.31 Meters
Material Mesh,Nylon,Ripstop
Number of Items 1
Outer Material Nylon
Season Year-round
Special Features Lightweight, Hydration compatible, Adjustable sternum strap
Sport Trekking, Hiking
Included Components Osprey STRATOS 24 Backpack
Batteries Included? No
Brand Osprey
Item Weight 1.25 kg


Osprey Pack Tempest 9 Women Hiking Backpack

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Osprey packs Tempest 9 women hiking

Product & Technical Details

Product Dimensions 45.72 x 22.86 x 20.32 cm; 612.35 Grams
Item model number 10000902
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Black
Size X-Small/Small
Style Tempest 9
Height 4 inches
Length 17 inches
Weight 635 Grams
Width 14 inches
Number of Items 1
Special Features Hydration sleeve
Sport Cycling
Included Components Osprey TEMPEST 9 Backpack
Batteries Included? No
Brand Osprey
Item Weight 612 g

Osprey Exos 58 Back Backpack

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Osprey Exos 58 Backpack

Product & Technical Details

Product Dimensions 60.96 x 45.72 x 12.7 cm; 1.22 Kilograms
Item model number 10001487
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Blaze Black
Size Small
Style Exos 58
Height 5 inches
Length 26 inches
Weight 1.2 Kilograms
Width 17 inches
Material Nylon
Number of Items 1
Outer Material Nylon
Season Year-round
Special Features Ultralight
Sport Camping & Hiking
Included Components EXOS 58
Batteries Included? No
Brand Osprey
Item Weight 1.22 kg

Deuter Speed Lights 22 Backpack

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Deuter speed light 22

Product & Technical Details

Product Dimensions 45 x 24 x 36 cm; 860 Grams
Item model number 3410718-7000
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Black
Size One Size
Style Hiking
Material Composition Nylon
Height 66 centimeters
Weight 0.86 Kilograms
Width 28 centimeters
Material Nylon
Number of Items 1
Outer Material Nylon
Special Features Water bottle pockets
Usage Outdoor Hiking Trekking Mountaineering Camping
Sport Hiking
Batteries Included? No
Brand Deuter
Item Weight 860 g

Nomatic Best Travel Pack

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  • NOMATIC Travel Pack- Black Water Resistant Anti-Theft 30L Flight Approved Carry on Laptop Bag Computer Backpack
  • carry-on travel backpack with internal, zippered laptop sleeve; ultra-flexible and lightweight; made of durable water-resistant Kodra Tarpaulin. Waterproof Kiss-lock zippers. RFID Pocket
  • The mesh divider separates your clothes from your electronics and everyday carry items. There’s a charging cable that passes through to all major pockets in the bag. The TSA-approved laptop pocket allows your laptop pocket to lay flat, making it a breeze to pass through TSA checkpoints.
  • A simple expansion process makes it easy to expand from a 20L bag to a 30L. The bag dimensions are 18.5″x6″x12″ and weighs 4 lbs. The innovative strap system adds a level of versatility to the bag that can help you look professional or escape the demands of your profession. Simply unsnap the back panel, tuck in the straps, and snap it back down to carry like a briefcase.
  • Multiple unique features such as the magnetic snap water bottle pocket, it snaps shut and looks sleek when it’s not in use, and expands when you need the space. The retractable key leash. Easily lock up with one hand, release the key, and watch it effortlessly return to its pocket in the bag.
  • Additional Features: Removable sunglass case, Full Perimeter Zipper, Top Access Pocket, Lockable Zippers, Easy Access from all sides, Notebook Pocket, Reflective Ink

Deuter Air Compact Backpack

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Product & Technical Details

Product Dimensions 74 x 30 x 24 cm; 1.7 Kilograms
Item model number 334021833290
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No
Color Arctic/Navy
Size One Size
Style Backpack
Material Composition Man-Made Materials
Height 74 centimeters
Weight 1.7 Kilograms
Width 30 centimeters
Material Man-Made Materials
Number of Items 1
Outer Material Synthetic
Usage Outdoor Hiking Trekking Mountaineering Camping
Batteries Included? No
Brand Deuter
Item Weight 1.7 kg


Which is The Best Size Backpack For Day Hiking

In my opinion, it’s worth spending the extra money and choosing an Osprey hiking pack as that way your backpack will be covered by Osprey’s almighty guarantee – meaning they will repair or replace it, no matter what happens. However, note that there are some exceptions to the All-Mighty Guarantee. They will not fix airline damage, accidental damage, hard use, wear & tear or damp related damage. Still, it’s a lot better than most guarantees on the market.

Well as you know I have highly recommended the above backpacks that we purchased. Therefore I do believe that it is the Osprey brands that we highly recommend for day hiking.

Which is The Best Hiking Backpack For Women

The only one I can recommend is the one I use, which is the OSPREY TEMPEST 9 WOMEN HIKING BACKPACK.

  • Dual-zippered panel access to main compartment
  • Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachment
  • External hydration sleeve
  • LidLock helmet attachment
  • Two zippered hipbelt pockets

Which is the best hiking backpack for men

The only one I can recommend is the one we use, which is the Osprey Pack Stratos 24 Backpack.

Which Backpack is Right For Me


Best hiking water bladder for your backpack?

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Platypus Big Zip EVO Lumbar

  • Secure zip-seal for easy opening, closing, and filling.
  • The pincher grip helps with one-handed filling.
  • HyFlow bite valve improves flow.
  • The Shut-off valve is leak-proof and ideal for stowing.
  • Easy to clean, thanks to the wide opening and rounded corners.
  • Embedded silver ion protects clean water from mold and bacteria.
  • Semi-rigid baffle helps keep the reservoir open to help it dry faster and with less fuss.
  • All materials are certified food-grade, BPA-, BPS-, phthalate-free, and taste-free, guaranteed.


I also recommend another post. HOW TO HIKE EFFICIENTLY | HOW TO HIKE MORE LIKE A PRO. I hope this information helped, if you are still not sure visit your local outdoor store and they will be happy to help. Picture of hiking backpack, map, orientation




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