From easy day hikes to multi-day treks, a good pack on your back can make carrying a load a joy, especially if you draw the short straw and have to carry the extra beer. The perfect pack is a simple one, it carries everything you need and nothing you don’t.
1. Arc’teryx Altra 65 Backpack
The Altra 65 was among the most comfortable packs even with heavier (60lbs) loads, yet was surprisingly lightweight considering its frame and number of features. The Altra has excellent access with the perfect sized and usable pocket. It’s the ultimate multi-day backpacking pack. The price at nearly $400. It is the most expensive back pack among all the top 10.
2. Gregory Baltoro 65 Backpack
The Gregory Baltoro 65 had some of the most usable features and when it came right down to carry a bunch of weight (more than 60lbs), it was straight up the most comfortable pack . It’s heavy but if you need to carry alt of weight, the Baltoro should certainly be on your radar. The price is $100 less expensive than the Altra 65.
3. Osprey Aether 60 Backpack
The Aether is $145 less expensive than the Altra and nearly as lightweight. The Aether to be just as comfortable as either of other top scoring packs as long as we kept the weight down under around 40lbs. The Osprey Aether especially appeals to people who appreciate simplicity: not tons of extra pockets or pouches; just the essentials.
4. Osprey Exos 58 Backpack
The Osprey Exos 58 was the lightest pack and yet it still very comfortable. It is almost as lightweight as some of the other frameless minimalist ultra-lightweight packs but still has the essential features. It is a great stepping stone for people who either want to get into “ Ultralight” backpacking but can’t get their load down to the 20-30lbs where most people find it comfortable to use a one to two pound ( pack itself weight ) frame less pack.
5. Fjallraven Friluft 55 Backpack
Fjallraven Friluft 55 is perfectly designed for maximum comfort when carrying gears. Its lightweight helps it in having a high durability. This backpack is well suited for both multi-day treks and day trips between cabins. The pack boasts of front pockets, expandable side pockets, well designed storage in the main compartment, and loading from the top. Friluft 55 is also fitted with a rain protection.
6. Golite Jam 50L Backpack
Golite prides itself on using environmentally friendly materials and processes to turn out some of the best backcountry gear on the planet. Using a combination of dyneema for weight savings in crucial areas and ripstop nylon for elasticity and compression, the Jam series is not the compromise in weight and comfort that many lightweight pack are. The Compactor system ensures your gear stays packed down whether you’re just out for a quick summit day or carrying enough for along weekend through the Tetons.
7. Geigerrig Rig 1210 Backpack
Geigerrig is relative newcomer to the pack world, but their innovative hydration bladder has been drawing praise and awards since its introduction. The dual-chamber bladder-designed to be pressurized and able to spray initially drew us in; the pack design has made it our new favorite. Featuring 1,200 cubic inches of space, it can easily swallow all the gear you’ll bring for a day on the trial. The bladder is reversible and dishwater safe. No more funky smells or cleaning by hand.
8. Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack
If you’re looking to shave every single ounce off your pack, look no further than Cilogear. It very labor intensive to manufacture, the end result is a backpack of gear and tips the scales at just under two pounds. If you’re planning on moving fast and light in the backcountry, you won’t find a better pack to take you to summit and farther-than the Cilogear Work Sack line.
9. Deuter Traveller 80+10 Backpack
The Traveller is an 80-liter gear hauler with air and train travel in mind, but it also features a small 10-liter detachable day pack for those excursions off the beaten track. The regid structure of the main bag will easily support loads up to 60 pounds, so feel free to pack a few extra souvenirs and trinkets on your tour across Europe.
10. The North Face Hot Shot Backpack
It built to hold your laptop and every work or school material for the week. The North Face Hot Shot is so much more than a simple book bag. Pulling its features from more technical packs, the Hot Shot is equally at home traversing campus or crossing the wilderness in search of your favorite climbing spot. The airmesh back panel will keep you cool and dry; bungee side pockets and a daisy chain on the back help secure any extra gear you may need on that long trek.