When picking out a good backpack for backpacking it is important to consider the right weight, volume, and frame for your needs.
Your backpack will be one of the most heavy items you will bring with you backpacking so it is important to think of how much weight you can carry. The backpack’s volume is also very important to think about depending on how much gear you carry. Lastly, you will need to make sure your frame is sturdy enough to carry all your gear, so it is important to think about how much everything will weigh.
See below for our top recommendations for backpacking backpacks:
Osprey Aether 65
Weight: 4.92 Ibs
Load Range: 60 Ibs
This backpack has solid carrying capacity and is extremely comfortable. It is a tried and true and reliable backpack for those long backpacking trips. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are cushioned for comfort and back is well supported. The frame is sturdy and supports up to 60 Ibs of weight.
Granite Gear Crown 2 60 Backpack
Weight: 2.2 Ibs
Load Rating: 35 Ibs
This is a great large but lightweight backpack to take on your next trip. It is comfortable and user friendly with a removable lid compartment and large external pockets. It weighs only 2.38 Ibs and for lighter loads you can remove the frame to reduce the weight to 1.7 Ibs.
Gregory Baltoro 65
Weight: 4.65 Ibs
Load Rating: 60 Ibs
This backpack is another extremely comfortable option with additional features. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are adjustable and also are able to rotate independently of each other. This allows you to have a dynamic but stable ride as the backpack adjusts to your movements along your trek. Not to mention it has a sturdy structure and great weight load carrying capacity.
Kelty Asher 55
Weight: 3.3 Ibs
Load Rating: 30 Ibs
This backpack is a solid option if you are looking for something more affordable. It is lightweight and reliable and durable enough to get the job done. It does have a lower weight capacity than some of the other backpacks listed above, but if you are looking for a lower price this will not disappoint.