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Buyer's Guide

Best Outdoor Backpacks

The best outdoor backpacks in the world: hiking backpacks, hunting backpacks, climbing backpacks, backpacking backpacks and ski backpacks. All curated and collected in the one awesome list and chosen by our specialist team of carry makers, designers and enthusiasts. Find the right one for you!

Mystery Ranch Sweet Pea

Coined the Sweet Pea after the long running festival held in the place of its birth: Bozeman, this day pack was the first to feature Dana Gleason’s game changing 3Zip access. The 3Zip design opens wide for easy access to all your gear – even the awkward stuff. The Futura Ruck frame is ideal for […]

$189 EDITORS PICK
  • 9.1
  • 6.0
FULL REVIEW

Camelbak Tri-Zip

The Tri-Zip is a tactical backpack that the Mystery Ranch guys helped CamelBak create for their Tactical range. While it’s meant for running around dodging bullets, it happens to double as one of the best travel and all-rounder backpacks we’ve ever used. It is hands down our go-to for travel or diverse needs. If you’re […]

$229 EDITORS PICK
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
FULL REVIEW

Arc’teryx Khard 45

When trekking on a hike you don’t want to be lugging any more than you need to. The Khard from Arc’teryx is designed to be compact and to balance its load, reducing weight shifting which could cause back strain. The 45L pack has a fully padded main compartment large enough to fit a day’s hike […]

$459
  • 8.9
  • HAVEN’T RATED
FULL REVIEW

Mystery Ranch Rush

When you’re preparing for long hikes or long weekends away, you want to make sure you have everything you could possibly need. With a 3-zip design opening up to a cavernous 45-L interior, the Rush from Mystery Ranch is great for hauling. And besides its supreme access, it’s kitted out with multiple hydration options and […]

$235
  • 8.9
  • HAVEN’T RATED
FULL REVIEW

Mystery Ranch ASAP

The smaller and more streamlined version of the 3DAP, the ASAP is great for a day in the hills or a day on the street. It’s kitted out with lots of external PALS webbing, two internal hydration sleeves that will fit the wider style of reservoirs, a large hydration/cable port on the top of the […]

$245
  • 8.6
  • 10.0
FULL REVIEW

Arc’teryx Quintic 28

The Quintic 28 is about getting from bottom to top, then back to bottom, with your skis, board, or whatever snow toys you play with. This is a versatile daypack for backcountry pursuits. The bonus is that this pack also gives you great access, works well in travel, and can even do double duty as […]

$179
  • 8.5
  • HAVEN’T RATED
FULL REVIEW

Dakine Heli Pro

Designed in the late 90’s, the Heli Pro helped define the category of technical snow daypacks. Its slim silhouette allowed freedom of movement, its external pockets where shaped to suggest what lived in them, and the whole package just looked impressively dialed. Not only did this pack quickly start appearing on mountains around the globe, […]

$89
  • 8.5
  • HAVEN’T RATED
FULL REVIEW

Aarn Mountain Magic

Aarn is a New Zealand innovator that’s flown under crew’s radar for way too long. The “balance body bag” approach is at their core, which they’ve spent more time researching and understanding than most brands spend on Facebook. It reduces fatigue, allows a more upright posture, and has excellent flexibility in load amounts. This is […]

$274
  • 8.4
  • HAVEN’T RATED
FULL REVIEW

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