10 Best Hiking Backpacks

The 10 Best Hiking Backpacks

The 10 Best Hiking BackpacksIt’s a great idea to have a backpack or “bugout bag” filled with emergency items in your house and/or car in the event of an emergency.  Having one in your car will help you be prepared for any situation from your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere to complete societal meltdown.  Here are the 10 best hiking backpacks according to reviews on Amazon.

1. Camelbak M.U.L.E. 100 oz Hydration Pack

Best Hiking Backpacks - Camelbak MULE Hydration PackThe best hiking backpack according to user reviews is the Camelbak M.U.L.E. 100 oz Hydration Pack. It is a narrow-gauge pack that is made to be used in any weather condition and all terrains.  It has a 100 oz hydration reservoir and 854 cu in. of capacity for carrying everything you need for your adventure.  It weighs 1.76 pounds.

Reviews say: “comfortable,” “worth every penny,” “no downside,” “plenty of pockets,” “in love with this backpack,” “no complaints,” and “well thought out product.”

2. Kelty Redwing 50 Internal Frame Pack

Kelly Redwing 50 Internal Frame PackThe second highest rated backpack is the Kelty Redwing 50 Internal Frame Pack. It has a huge amount of space, 3,100 cubic inches, and weighs just 3.6 pounds thanks to Kelty’s tried and true patented internal frame design. There is a reason that this is one of the most popular packs out there. The frame is removable and there is a hip belt for weight distribution. This pack really covers all the bases and will offer the durability and support needed for extended excursions for a lifetime.

Reviews say: “comfortably carry 30-40lbs,” “best purchases,” “perfection,” “outstanding value,” “tough as nails,” and “life in a bag.”.

 3. 5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack

511 Rush 12 BackpackThird is the 5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack. It is made of fleece and has a total of 16 compartments to stow all of your stuff. The main compartment is 18″ x 11″ x 6″ with a capacity of 1296 cubic inches.

Reviews say: “so well constructed,” “a light carry,” “fantastically organized,” “very pleased,” “top notch,” “rugged construction,” and “super awesome backpack.”

4. Camelbak Lobo 100 oz Hydration Pack

camelback lobo hydration packThe next one is the Camelbak Lobo 100 oz Hydration Pack . This light pack incorporates 100-ounces of water capacity with a sleek 200 cubic inches of storage for other necessities. Ideal for biking and running, this pack features a highly ergonomic design with ample support which directs air flow through the meshed contact points for the best comfort.

Reviews say: “hugs the body,” “pockets are handy,” “lots of water,” “highly recommend,” and “durable, convenient.”

5. 5.11 Rush 72 Back Pack

511 Rush 72 BackpackFifth on the list is 5.11 Rush 72 Back Pack. It is a full size pack that provides the space (2,639 cubic inches) to carry everything you’ll need to get up and go. It features a fleece lining for comfort and effective water repellent to keep your things dry. It even has a fleece lined sunglasses pouch that won’t scratch your shades and it’s compatible with popular hydration systems.

Reviews say: “sturdy,”,”best build quality,” “great buyout bag,”,”3-day pack,” “pockets,” “very well made,” and “well thought out.”

 6. Camelbak L.U.X.E. 100 oz Hydration Pack

camelbak luxe hydration packSixth is the Camelbak L.U.X.E. 100 oz Hydration Pack which features a “female friendly” support structure. The S curve design is meant to conform to a woman’s body and allow unhindered activity while providing 3 hours or more of hydration and 732 cubic inches of storage. Men reviewed this pack positively as well. This pack includes a lifetime guarantee.

Reviews say: “the perfect size,” “super functional,” “love it,” “invaluable,” “burning man excellence,” and “worth every penny.”

7.TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack

Teton explorer 4000 backpackNext on the list is the TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack.  This 4,000 cubic inch, 5 lb pack is an incredible value with an adjustable torso, padded waist belt, lumbar support and an air flow system to keep you cool and comfortable when you’re on the trail all for under $100.

Reviews say: “great pack,” “better than expected,” “overall good bag,” and “great deal.”

8. Camelbak Rogue 70 oz Hydration Pack

Camelback Rogue Hydration PackThe Camelbak Rogue 70 oz Hydration Pack is a light weight hydration system with 200 cubic inches of cargo space. This pack is extremely durable and weighs in at just 9.5 ounces. It’s designed to allow you to forget it’s there until you need a drink or it’s time for an energy bar.

Reviews say: “very sturdy,” “sternum strap feels good,” “excellent for bikers,” “love it,” and good for “shorter rides.”

9. TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

TETON Sports Scout 3400 BackpackThe TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack is the little brother to number 7 on our list. It is a great value with multiple adjustment points and 3400 cubic inches of storage space. A 4000 and 3400 would make an effective and very affordable option for couples or mother/daughter, father/son hiking expeditions.

Reviews say: “decent pack,” “a little small,” “options are plenty,” and “great for price.”

10. CamelBak Thermobak 3 L Hydration Pack

Camelback Thermobak Hydration PackFinally, the CamelBak Thermobak 3 L Hydration Pack is a very rugged, battle tested hydration system with 183 cubic inches of storage. Of course, this pack would be a part of a larger array of gear for longer trips or bug out situations but it has served our troops well and appears on our list of the 10 best hiking backpacks because of its positive reviews and versatility for hot and cold temperatures.

Reviews say: “perfect system,” “kept it [water] from freezing,” “best purchase ever,” and “extremely durable.”

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  1. Thanks for this list. I was researching the best hiking backpacks and couldn’t decide between Camelbak Mule and the Camelbak Lobo. I think I’m leaning towards the mule based on the reviews.

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