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Mystery Ranch Glacier 70L Pack

$299.25

WAS: $399.00*

Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack

$44.99 - $75.00

WAS: $75.00*

  • Spruce
  • Black
Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

$150.00

WAS: $200.00*

  • Blue Moss/Sapphire Slate
  • Reef Waters/Shady Blue
The North Face Women's Terra 55 Pack

$84.50 - $107.40

WAS: $169.00 - $179.00*

Osprey Daylite Backpack

$39.99 - $65.00

WAS: $65.00*

  • Mythical Green
  • Venturi Blue
  • Black
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack

$255.00

WAS: $340.00*

  • Berry Sorbet Red
  • Enchantment Purple
  • Tungsten Grey
Osprey Women's Aura AG 65 Pack

$255.00

WAS: $340.00*

  • Ozone Black
Gregory Men's Focal 48 Daypack

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WAS: $229.99*

  • Belay Blue
  • Buckhorn Green
  • Fresh Teal
  • Noveau Green
  • Sienna Clay
  • Touring Red
  • Black
Patagonia Refugio Backpack 26L

$81.99 - $109.00

WAS: $109.00*

  • Midnight
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

$288.75

WAS: $385.00*

  • Navy
Exped Typhoon 15 Pack

$63.71

WAS: $84.95*

  • Coriander
  • Black
Mystery Ranch Men's Coulee 30

$141.75

WAS: $189.00*

  • Azure/Reef
  • Ink/Wave
  • Linden/Sprout
  • Tin/Indigo
  • Black
Deuter Speed Lite 21 Pack

$60.00

WAS: $80.00*

  • Lemongrass/Cedar
  • Tamarindo
  • Blue spruce
Cotopaxi Torre 24L Bucket Pack

$101.25

WAS: $135.00*

  • Atlas Blue
  • Escapade Green
  • Pine Leaf Green
  • Tan Concrete
  • Silver Lining
  • Black
Osprey Hikelite 18 Liter Pack

$100.00

WAS: $120.00*

  • Almond/Ink
  • Ink
Deuter Aircontact 65 + 10 Pack

$187.50

WAS: $250.00*

  • Gravel
Mystery Ranch Gallagator 10

$67.49

WAS: $89.99*

  • Graphite
Deuter Pulse 5 Pack

$82.50

WAS: $110.00*

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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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