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The 10 Best Camping Backpacks

If you’ve been an avid camper for a while then you know how far the camping backpack industry has gone. You used to be required to strap on an uncomfortable, and awfully heavy bag and trek through the campsite dragging it on your back. When you finally reached your destination you’d have an aching back and plenty of frustration. It’s 2020, and although this hasn’t been a great year for most of us, the backpacking industry is thriving. Below we’ve mapped out the best camping backpacks for you and your specific needs.

Whether you’re a frequent camper who needs lots of storage space or a sporadic camper who is pretty minimalistic, we’ve got you covered.

1: Osprey Atmos AG 65

WEIGHT: 4 lbs 9 oz

LOAD RANGE:  30-50 lbs

PRICE: $270

FABRIC: Nylon

CAPACITY: 60 L

PROS: Amazing comfort, organization, and durability. It has back ventilation with it’s “anti-gravity” back panel.  This allows you to carry a heavy load and the back panel makes it feel like less weight is being carried. There’s plenty of spaces and pockets to organize your necessities. The fabric choice is durable and can handle rough terrain

CONS:  It weighs in at just over 4 pounds making it a pretty heavy pack.

2: Gossamer Mariposa 60

WEIGHT: Just over 2 lbs

LOAD RANGE: 35 lbs

PRICE: $270

FABRIC: Robic Nylon

CAPACITY: 60 L

PROS: This bag is ultralight but isn’t know to damage or be too thin. using the Robic nylon really cuts down on the weight but not on the quality. There’s a ton of organization and pockets for storage

CONS: The foam in the back panels tend to bunch (although it can be removed altogether). This bag can only carry up to 35 pounds.

3: Gregory Baltoro

WEIGHT: 4 lbs 16 oz

LOAD RANGE: n/a

PRICE: $250

FABRIC: Nylon

CAPACITY: 75 L

PROS: Lets you haul heavy items and equipment without feeling the weight. Mesh back panel for ventilation. Also had 3D AIR mesh helps wick away moisture and keep things dry and comfortable.

CONS: There’s a lot going on here, it may be too much for the minimalistic or occasional campers. It’s also just over 5 pounds.

4: REI Co-op Trailbreak

WEIGHT: 3 lbs 13 oz

LOAD RANGE: n/a

PRICE: $150

FABRIC: Ripstop nylon

CAPACITY: 60 L

PROS: This backpack is definitely more affordable than some of the other ones. It’s not too heavy. Perfect for someone who only takes one or two trips each year and doesn’t have too far to go.

CONS: Only offered in one size, so no adjusting if needed. It’s also not super comfortable, if you’re headed a long distance you may not want this one.

5: Granite Gear Blaze

WEIGHT: 3 lbs

LOAD RANGE: 50 lb

PRICE: $270

FABRIC: Robic nylon

CAPACITY: 60 L

PROS: It’s organized with numerous pockets and storage, it’s comfortable for long treks, and it is pretty lightweight.

CONS: It might not be as durable as some of the others on this list. The back panel gears more towards comfort than breathability. If you don’t mind being a bit warmer back there then you should be fine. I’ve also been told the shoulder straps and hip belt are a bit finicky.

6: Zpacks Arc Blast

WEIGHT: 1 lb 4 oz

LOAD RANGE: 30 lbs

PRICE: $325

FABRIC: Dyneema Composite

CAPACITY: 55 L

PROS: This backpack is incredibly lightweight. It’s the lightest one on our list. It’s also water-resistant. The Arc in the name is due to the unique system the bag has for pulling the middle away from your back allowing airflow and ventilation.

CONS: It’s not super durable. If you’re rugged or encounter a lot of rough terrains this might not be the one for you. Load range is pretty low, only at 30 lbs so if you’re needing to carry more than that you’re probably not going to enjoy it.

7:  Gregory Optic

WEIGHT: 2 lbs 8 oz

LOAD RANGE: n/a

PRICE: $250

FABRIC: Nylon

CAPACITY: 58 L

PROS: For the weight of this backpack it’s super comfortable. It has thicker padding than most in its class and improved lumbar support and cushioning.

CONS: There isn’t a ton of organization and the buckles are relatively small. There’s also no super fun or fancy features to it. It’s just the basics.

8: Arc’teryx Bora AR

WEIGHT: 5 lbs

LOAD RANGE: n/a

PRICE: $550

FABRIC: Nylon

CAPACITY: 63 L

PROS: Incredibly innovative with the pivoting hipbelt. The belt is along a track on the back panel so it moves up and down when you move forward and climb. It’s also weather-resistant and durable.

CONS: This is super expensive. It might be most useful for regular campers who frequently need a reliable pack.

9:  Mystery Ranch Glacier

WEIGHT: 6 lbs 6 oz

LOAD RANGE: 70 lbs

PRICE: $350

FABRIC: Cordura

CAPACITY: 70 L

PROS: This backpack is supremely built. It has incredible quality and amazing comfort. You know you’ve got something special because everything feels high-quality.

CONS: Did you see how much this thing weighs? Also, there are no hipbelt pockets.

10: Kelty Coyote 80

WEIGHT: 5 lb 3 oz

LOAD RANGE:

PRICE: $170

FABRIC: Polyester

CAPACITY: 80 L

PROS: Reasonable pricing and reliable gear. Ranges in various capacities from 65 all the way up to 105 liters. This is great for family trips or long treks.

CONS: Only one size available so fit may not be perfect. Due to fit issues it may not be as comfortable as some others on this list.

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