If you’re like us, you probably spend an incredible amount of time obsessing over the gear you need when you are planning your next adventure. At least as important as the gear you choose is the pack you get to carry it all. After all, when you’re out on your adventure, your pack is one piece of gear you depend on most to get you and your gear where you want to go.
A lot of questions get asked when it’s time to pick the best pack. How long is your trip? What’s your body type? How much can you afford? Is snow involved? What’s your style, how much gear will you be carrying, and is there a chance for bad weather? Knowing the answer to these questions (or not knowing the answers sometimes) will help you narrow down the selection from the hundreds of options available.
Earth Gear is here to help, with our list of best backpacking backpacks for your adventure. Whether you are planning a day of peak bagging or backcountry skiing, or a long week of high alpine mountaineering, these packs have something special for you. Just remember, the pack is important, but making sure it fits is critical. Load it up and try it on. It’s the only way you’ll know for sure.
Osprey designed their Stratos 34 to be lightweight, versatile, and especially cool – not socially, but temperature wise – for those times when you are only out for 24 hours or so but still need all your key gear. At less than 3 lbs, this pack is so light and comfortable, it actually feels like a part of you after a while.
The mesh and waffle back panels on this pack keep air flowing freely as you heat up, keeping your back nice and cool. And, even though it’s small, the minimalist-but-still-there alloy suspension ensures that you can carry enough of the load balanced on your hips, where it should be, rather than your shoulders.