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.
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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.