Best Hiking Backpacks 2022 – Forbes

Best Hiking Backpacks 2022 – Forbes

April 14, 2022 0 By

Call us Type-A, but you need to make a checklist (if not on paper, at least in your head) before any hike. Depending on how prepared you want to be, this list can include anything from a bottle of water and backup sunscreen to an entire first aid kit, lunch, mirrorless camera and rainproof windbreaker. But no matter how closely you follow the Boy Scout preparedness motto, having one of the best hiking backpacks on the market to carry all your essentials is a nonnegotiable.

We’ve rounded up the best hiking backpacks from Osprey, REI, L.L. Bean and more.


The backpack that’s best for you depends on several factors, like how many of those necessities you want to carry, how long you’re going to be out in the wilderness, the weather you’ll be trekking through and more, if you can believe it. The options out there are endless, but there are seven in particular that are worth your attention. We’ve rounded them up for you here.

Best Hiking Backpack Overall

The One That Checks All The Boxes

This pack falls into the “ultralight” category, and clocking in at 2.6 pounds, you can be sure that the bag itself won’t be adding much to the weight on your back as you hike. It’s minimalist by design, but not too small for a weekend-long trip or too big for a day hike. The bag itself can carry loads of up to 40 pounds, but the light alloy frame helps keep things lifted without forcing your back and shoulders to do all the work, plus mesh panels on the straps, hip belt and back help encourage airflow to keep you cool during warmer weather months. There are pockets on the side for quick access to water bottles, straps along the bottom to attach a sleeping bag or tarp, a trekking pole attachment, and compression straps to keep everything as compact as possible.

Some of the pouches are removable if you’re counting weight and need to conserve ounces, and the bag comes in three different sizes to scale up or down in the …….