Treat your back to the perfect load-hauler.
Tough fabric, compact, and room to spare. What more could you want?
A ski daypack that's extremely stable
A backpack made for ultralighters who travel in wet climates
Find the perfect load hauler for any type of trip.
These daypacks offer plenty of comfort, easy to access pockets and the kind of durability you need for any climbing adventure.
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Ultralight stuff sack and daypack
Whether you're loading for a local dayhike, a weekend in the wilderness, or a once-in-a-lifetime thru-hike, this year's class of packs redefines comfort.
Perfectly sized and organized for done-in-a-day outings
An everyday diaper pack that goes from trail to train with ease
The fit and comfort of this pack scored high with all our female testers.
A 15 liter daypack that's small, light, and tough.
A tough pack made for climbing rock.
If you only want one daypack, ever, this is your pack.
A 100-ounce reservoir makes this hydration pack the best of the bunch.
In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you exactly how to fit a pack for optimum comfort and stability on the trail.
Perfect dayhike hauler that can handle gear-heavy multi-day trips
A pack built for climbers.
A pack that holds monster loads but weighs just over five pounds.
If you only buy one multiday pack, this is it.
A trim pack built for backcountry ski days.
A 40-liter pack that comfortably carries up to 50 pounds.
A pack built to haul snowshoes.
A backpack with built in Avalung technology for use in avalanche-prone areas.
An ultralight pack that's under $100...and comfortable.
An ultralight daypack that fits in the palm of your hand
This daypack wears skis and ice axes as accessories.
Carry up to 100 ounces of hydration power with this comfortable daypack.
This is a true hiker's camera pack.
This workhorse pack has been redesigned with an easy-access opening.
This daypack is made for scrambling and holds up to 25 pounds.
Trek for many days and miles with this lightweight, supportive, durable and highly waterproof pack.
For all-day epics, fast-and-light summit bids, and even minimalist overnights, reach for one of these versatile load haulers.
Vaude created a simple, no-frills pack high on stability with the Versametric Ultralight 60+10.
Scramble over rocks and hike in a downpour with the stable and weather-resistant Skareb 65 pack by The North Face.
The customizable Intention 75 pack by Mountain Hardwear accommodates large loads and day hikes alike.
The Vaude Cross Ultralight Comfort 35 is the ideal lightweight bargain pack for dayhikes or weeklong treks.
Scramble up anything with the North Face's climber-oriented Spire 40 backpack.
The Millet Elevation 30 has everything you want in a pack—stabilty, support, and even wrist loops.
Pack up the weekend toys for your outdoor activity of choice in Marmot's ultralight–and ultra cheap–Alpha 25 backpack.
Want rugged? Go for the Crumpler Bumper Issue, a rough and tough pack that takes on narrow slot canyons and unforgiving brush fields.
Run, climb or ski with the low profile Black Diamond RPM pack.
Use and abuse the tough Mountain Hardware Juggernaut Series luggage.
Our reviewer found the Leki Carbonlite poles "tough, compact, and eerily light...."
This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.
Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear
High performance and low cost? These 6 weekend packs deliver.
Is it possible to build a backpack that doesn't contribute to global warming? Not yet, but five pioneering companies gave it one helluva try. (Cue standing ovation.)
Organization and preparation will make your next overnight or day-hike packing session easy. Below, the Backpacker editors showcase their mistakes for your benefit.