Top 5 Hiking Backpacks 2017

Choosing a backpack is one of the most important decisions you will need to make when it comes to gear. A backpack that fits you properly and is comfortable can be the difference between an enjoyable hike and a miserable one. Nothing is worse then a backpack that makes you back ache or that rubs on your skin. Below, we will be highlighting the best multi-day backpacks for 2017.

Osprey Atmos AG 65$$$65L4 lbs. 6 oz.4.5
Arc'teryx Altra 65$$$$65L6 lbs. 1 oz.4.0
Gregory Baltoro 65$$$$$65L4 lbs. 9 oz.4.2
The North Face Banchee 65
$$$65L3 lbs. 9 oz.4.5
Osprey Ariel 65 AG EX$$65L3 lbs. 4 oz.4.7


Key things to remember when choosing a backpack

  • A multi day backpack should be 50L-80L.
  • Get the right fit. Have someone measure your torso length.
  • Consider organization. How many pockets does the pack have? How will you pack your bag.
Osprey Atmos AG 65L - This is our preferred pack. The majority of the Outdoor Society crew currently uses this pack for multi day hikes. It offers a Anti-Gravity suspension system that makes this pack extremely comfortable even when packed to the max. You will not be disappointed.
Arc'teryx Altra 65 - This pack is on the heavier and pricier side of the packs we reviewed. But the quality of this pack is exceptional. Great weight distribution and very easy to pack and un pack.
Gregory Baltoro 65 - The most expensive pack of the group. This backpack distributed weight fantastically. The abundance of pockets made it extremely easy to pack.
The North Face Banshee 65 - Lightest pack of the group. Distributed weight well but not as good as others that were tested.
Osprey Ariel 65 AG EX - Extremely comfortable. Our tester is a 110 female who was able to carry a full pack with minimum difficulty. Axe loops are a great feature!