The 11 Best Hiking Backpacks of 2020

Our testers found load haulers for every trip and hiker. Pick your favorite and start making your packing list.

It's the one piece of gear so important that we put it in our name. Your backpack holds your essentials (tent, sleeping bag) and your less-than-essentials (flask, camera) alike. Whether you like to go light or you're a committed maximalist, you need one—and if you want to enjoy your time on the trail, it'd better be comfortable. These 11 trail-tested backpacks are that and more.

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Find two more of our favorite backpacks, the Mountainsmith Zerk 40 and the Gregory Paragon 48 / Maven 45, in our Editors' Choice 2020 roundup.

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