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Top-Rated Backpacks for Outdoor Adventure

Backpacks are one of those things that tend to last a long time—until they don’t. Finding a new favorite bag for your outdoor adventures can be difficult, so we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated ones to help you along in your search.

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From REI

REI Co-Op Trail 40 Pack, Best for Hiking – $129

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Made to store all of your favorite gear for an overnight trip, the REI Co-Op backpack has been updated from previous versions to have an outer shell and lining made of recycled materials. Keep your gear organized thanks to a number of different pockets for storage. The backpack also has padded straps and a spring-steel frame to help you carry the load, while still being gentle on your torso.

Gregory Paragon 58 Pack, Best for Backpacking – $260

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When you’re on a backpacking trip, the last thing you want is a bulky and uncomfortable bag. Made with a breathable, soft foam inside, the pack is designed to be hotspot free, keeping you comfortable your whole trip. With a built-in shoulder harness and sternum strap, you can rest assured, it’s not going anywhere. The bag is hydration-pack compatible (hydration pack not included) and offers a rain-proof cover for those rainy days in the backcountry.

CamelBak Rim Runner X 20 Hydration Pack, Highest-Rated Hydration Pack – $100

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Made to fit the female body, this hydration pabk/backpack hybrid is a great option if you’re going on a long outing and want to make sure you have as much water as possible. It’s designed to fit one day’s worth of gear, plus two liters of water. The two-liter hydration bladder is included, and the pack is made from a mesh fabric to allow for maximum breathability.

Osprey Poco Plus Child Carrier, Best for Carrying Your Gear and Your Kid – $395 

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If the gear you’re carrying has two legs and calls you “mom” or “dad,” you may want to invest in a child carrier backpack for your next outdoor adventure. The Osprey Poco Plus pack offers individualized comfort for you and your little one thanks to the adjustable hip belt, safety leg loops, and stirrups. The pack also offers a number of zipper pockets for storage. 

From Backcountry

Gregory Bartolo 65-Liter Backpack, Best for Backpacking – $300

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If you’re going on a multi-day backpacking adventure, this bag from Gregory is a great option. With plenty of room to store your stuff and a removable hydration sleeve, this backpack will make a great addition to your gear. It comes with a zippered-bottom sleeping bag compartment, as well as a rain cover. Stay sturdy and comfortable with the cushioned straps and waist belt. The waist belt is water-resistant, making it easy to store small electronics without worrying about them getting destroyed.

Mystery Ranch Scree 32-Liter Backpack, Good for Travel – $219

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This mid-sized backpack is an excellent pack for traveling, hiking, and climbing adventures. With 32 liters of space inside, you’ll be able to fit water bottles, bug spray, towels, and extra clothes, if need be. This backpack offers torso adjustments to make sure it fits your body the way you want it to, plus mesh, cushioned straps and a waist belt.

Thule Sapling, Best for Carrying Kiddos – $430

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With space for small gear, diapers, and binkies, the Thule child carrier will allow you to explore the outdoors with your child safely on your back. With a deployable sun shade, they’ll be protected from the sun and experience the joys of exploring from a safe spot. The seat is removable, making it easy to clean, and there is cushioning to keep your tot comfortable. The Sapling is also a hydration-pack compatible.

Salomon ADV Skin 12-Liter Set Hydration Vest, Best for Long Runs – $160

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If you walk fast or you’re a trail runner, this hydration vest is a solid alternative to a backpack for your trips to the trails. With two flasks on either side, you can stay hydrated longer and keep adding miles to your legs. The back portion of the vest is made of a durable moisture-wicking mesh to keep you cool and comfortable, even during your longest runs. It also offers storage compartments for cooling towels and trekking poles.

Do you wear a backpack while you adventure? Tell us your favorite in the comments.

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