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The North Face Recon Backpack
  • Cordovan/TNF Black
  • Dark Oak/TNF Black
  • Mineral Gold/TNF Black
  • TinGryDkHtr/AphGry/TNFBlk
  • Utility Brown/NewTaupeGrn
The North Face Recon Backpack

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WAS: $109.00*

Patagonia Refugio Backpack 30L
  • Coriander Brown
  • Fresh Teal
  • Hemlock Green
  • Pitch Blue
  • Black
Patagonia Refugio Backpack 30L

$83.99 - $129.00

WAS: $129.00*

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Gregory Men's Zulu 30 Pack
  • Empire Blue
  • Fiery Red
Gregory Men's Zulu 30 Pack

$127.99

WAS: $159.99*

The North Face Basin 24 Daypack
  • BANFF BLUE/AVIATOR NAVY
The North Face Basin 24 Daypack

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WAS: $99.00*

Patagonia Refugio Backpack 26L
  • Agave/Plume Grey
  • Fresh Teal
  • Classic Navy
  • Forge Grey
  • Navy/Teal
  • Pitch Blue
  • Sequoia Red
Patagonia Refugio Backpack 26L

$59.00 - $109.00

WAS: $109.00*

The North Face Jester Backpack
  • Mid Gry Dk Htr/Tnf Blk
  • Summit Gold/Tnf Black
  • TNF Black
  • TNF Red/TNF Black
The North Face Jester Backpack

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WAS: $75.00*

Mystery Ranch Coulee 25 Backpack
  • Hummus
  • Black
Mystery Ranch Coulee 25 Backpack

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WAS: $189.00*

Cotopaxi Del Día Luzon 24L Backpack
  • Del Dia
Cotopaxi Del Día Luzon 24L Backpack

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WAS: $75.00*

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Quest 2L Hydration Pack
  • Blue
  • Burgundy
  • Olive
  • Black
Quest 2L Hydration Pack

$29.99

WAS: $35.99*

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Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia Shopper 26L Bag
  • Dusty Olive
Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia Shopper 26L Bag

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WAS: $89.95*

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Explore Hiking Backpacks at Public Lands

Whether you want to commune with Mother Nature or just get some exercise, hiking is an excellent choice. Before you rush into the wild, pick the right backpack for your adventure.

Types

In addition to traditional backpacks, there are several other types. Frame packs have internal frames, which hold the pack closer to your body. They’re also easier to fit in spaces like overhead compartments.

Hydration packs have reservoirs to hold extra water. Many include tubes so that you can sip without removing the pack.

A child carrier pack allows you to bring a little one so that the whole family can enjoy getting outside.

Capacity

Backpack capacity is measured in liters, which describe the volume that you can fit into a pack.

For day trips, smaller packs that fit about 10 liters are fine. Multi-day hikes that require extra clothing and other gear might require backpacks that hold 30 liters or more.

Many expert backpackers stick to the 35-40-liter range. Though bigger may seem better, large packs come with their own problems. They reduce mobility and can affect balance.

Backpacks with a 40-plus-liter capacity are only necessary for large amounts of food and gear.

Features

Here are just a few special features that you might want to look for in a hiking backpack:

  • Padded straps protect your shoulders from narrow bands of excessive pressure.
  • Daisy chains are lines of loops on your pack’s exterior. You can hang things from them for easy accessibility.
  • Laptop-compatible backpacks include sleeves to hold laptops or tablets.
  • Water-resistant packs are vital if you might encounter damp weather.
  • Sternum or waist straps help you adjust your backpack’s fit and balance.

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