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You probably put an emphasis on style, simplicity, and keeping your MacBook safe when picking out a backpack to take to work every day, but a good hiking backpack focuses more on weight, comfort, and carrying capacity — to help ensure you have everything you need to make it up the mountain.
If you have a weekend hiking or camping trip coming up this spring or are looking to trek the whole of Appalachia over the next few months, take a look and see if one of these backpacks is right for you.
We’ve ordered the backpacks from lightest to heaviest, depending on what type of excursion you’re planning, and how long it lasts.
What it weighs: 10.8ozWhat it can carry: 15L
One of the most trusted names in outdoor gear, Patagonia has a lot to offer casual hikers and trail runners. Made with a durable, water-repellant finish, this backpack can withstand the elements if you feel inspired to hit the trail on a rainy day.
Patagonia Nine Trails Pack, $79, available at Patagonia
What it weighs: 11.2ozWhat it can carry: 16.5L
CamelBak makes some of the best affordable hiking bags you’ll find. They’re the brand I trust to bring to music festivals and on extended bike rides, but will serve you just as well while exploring a new trail.
CamelBak Arete 18 Hydration Pack, $47.93, available at REI
What it weighs: 13ozWhat it can carry: 20L
This Marmot backpack is a solid value option for those who don’t want to spend too much on their hiking gear. It also stuffs conveniently into its lid, so you can fit it into a bigger bag while you’re backpacking through Europe — and break it out when you’re ready to summit.
Marmot Kompressor Plus Backpack, $64.95, available at Backcountry
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