- 1. Considerations When Buying a Backpack
- 2. Types of Backpacks
- Summary of 10 Backpacks for Travel and Hiking
- Top 10 Best Backpacks for Traveling and Hiking
- 1. Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack
- 2. OSPREY® PORTER 46 Travel Backpack Bag
- 3. The North Face® Jester Backpack
- 4. 5.11 Tactical® RUSH12™ Outdoor Backpack
- 5. SWISSGEAR® 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack
- 6. Under Armour® Storm Hustle II Backpack
- 7. TETON SPORTS® Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack
- 8. Timbuk2® Uptown Travel Backpack
- 9. Mountaintop® Adventure Hiking Backpack
- 10. 3VGear® Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack
- Final Thoughts
There’s one thing about backpacking in the wilds or near home that must be said at the outset—it is trash! If you pack it in, pack it out. We do not want cans, plastic bags, paper, and other rubbish littering nature.
With the hundreds of backpacks in the marketplace it’s hard to know what to buy. The best of the best backpacks has been reviewed here to help you decide. The backpacks today have tons of features but we don’t want to add pounds of more weight to carry around on our backs, so the ones listed here are lightweight.
Today it’s about simplicity rather than fastening ourselves up to frames and carrying extra stuff to weigh ourselves down to get to our end goal with sore aching muscles too tired to cook or what we want to do. Not only have we evaluated backpacking gear, we also and tested sleeping tents and soft coolers. Of course, you will need your friends or family to help carry excess gear. If you’re taking that much stuff, you might need a 4-wheeler or a pack mule.
1. Considerations When Buying a Backpack
You will want to know will you be doing back country hiking, going on a day trip, or staying at one place such as a fishing spot to know what you’ll need. Can you and your friends carry it all on your backs or do you need to reconsider your needs. Go to a sporting goods store and try one on to see how that will do when loaded with your stuff, such as stainless steel or ceramic cookware. If you’re going camping, don’t forget your can opener, and cutting knives.
- Size Matters
You will need to scrutinize the backpack’s physical size when empty and full. Do you want it soft, hard framed, or collapsible? If you take it with you on a plane, will it pass the airline’s regulations? If so, you might want to check their guidelines beforehand. You don’t want your backpack being bulky and heavy and an encumbrance to be saddled with—that’s no fun and defeats its purpose.
- Weight Matters
The weight of the backpack empty matters. Then you add in the stuff you are taking with you and you might start feeling physically over packed. Backpacks can be made of polyester, thick canvas, duck canvas that is heavier, and Tyvek® –all lightweight.
- Price Tag
Price and quality do not always equal a good deal. You will not gain anything if your cheap backpack falls apart on your trip or hike. Picking up all the stuff and no place to put it was not your idea of a great adventure.
Backpacks can cost from under $50 for good fabrication and up to $200+ for the high-end models. Pick out one that is strong but will not break your back or bank account. You will find many best backpacks for kids and for women who need something larger than a purse for travel, working out, or a hiking trip for the day.
2. Types of Backpacks
Traveling can mean different things to many people, such as—
- Vacationing in a foreign country
- Traveling to school
- Visiting family or friends for the weekend
- Going to the gym
- Hiking trip for the day
- Hitting the trails for hunting game
- Business trips
The different varieties of backpacks liberate your hands for other things by attaching it to your back.
- Daypack—very well-liked and very popular for a day trip hiking when only needing to take supplies for the day. It has no frame and is more flexible.
- Hiking Backpack—is the most trendy and practical for going long distances with more weight generally loaded from the top. These are used for longer trips, longer times hiking, and when hunting. Some have rigid frames for carrying more supplies and gear and some are frameless.
Backpackers sometimes carry a larger main pack with a smaller daypack. Backpacks shown here are unisex for both men and women and some are the right size for young people over age 10.
Summary of 10 Backpacks for Travel and Hiking
|No.||Icon||Product Name||Editor's Rating|
|1.||Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack||Read Review|
|2..||OSPREY® PORTER 46 Travel Backpack Bag||Read Review|
|3.||The North Face® Jester Backpack||Read Review|
|4.||5.11 Tactical® RUSH12™ Outdoor Backpack||Read Review|
|5.||SWISSGEAR® 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack||Read Review|
|6.||Under Armour® Storm Hustle II Backpack||Read Review|
|7.||TETON SPORTS® Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack||Read Review|
|8.||Timbuk2® Uptown Travel Backpack||Read Review|
|9.||Mountaintop® Adventure Hiking Backpack||Read Review|
|10.||3VGear® Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack||Read Review|
Top 10 Best Backpacks for Traveling and Hiking
1. Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack
Badlands is a reputable leader for backpacks for over 20 years. The 2200 hunting backpack is loaded with great features such as being able to take home your cut up kills putting it on the meat shelf, carry a rifle, bow, or pistol and is hydration ready. This backpack is not built around pockets—it is built around physics, ergonomics, and biomechanics for the best performance while you’re out in the wilds. The Approach Camo color is great for hiding you in the wilderness. The backpack is a top best seller on Amazon.com®. It is not water proof; the Badlands rain cover is sold separately to keep your gear dry. It is unisex and one size fits all.
The 2200 will carry a heavy load with its T-6 aluminum aircraft frame that bypasses your spine and transfers any size load down to your hips through the molded foam suspension. It will work with your body not against it to support hefty weight with its center of gravity design that’s almost too good to be true, yet not perfect, having a batwing scheme.
This versatile pack will handle what you want to do whether you hunt with rifles, bow and arrows, cross bows, or snares in states where trapping is still legal. It does have loads of pockets, partitions, sections, and compartments to store tripods, ammo, spotting scopes, cell phones, chargers, cameras, and other gadgets. On each side are pistol holsters and a shelf for meat.
Badlands uses KXO-32™ fabric that is strong, durable, waterproof, and quiet when in the hunting realm. The pocket/sleeve for the bladder is square. This matches the Badlands brand bladder, but not other brands.
- Dimensions:19- x 17- x 19-inches
- Fits Reservoir Size (liters): 2-liters
- Total Volume 2250-cubic liters
- Volume Main: 1980-cubic liters
- Pockets: 8
- Weighs: 5-pounds 15-ounces
- Integrated Spotting Scope Pocket
- Blaze Orange Meat Shelf
- Zippered Back Panel Access
- Hip Belt Pistol Holder
- Rifle Boot: Yes
- Zippered Back Panel Access: Yes
- Waist Strap: 32- to 50-inches
Gift-wrapping is available for family and friends. You will receive a User’s Manual and Badlands offers an Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. The backpack is made in China.
Badlands 2200 Pack-Attaching a Bow and/or Rifle video.
2. OSPREY® PORTER 46 Travel Backpack Bag
OSPREY® is located in Cortez, Colorado, at the San Juan Mountains and sandstone canyons, a favorite place of mine. Their trekking and gear hauling backpack is a hardy and tough duffle bag as well with high-tech suspension built into it. Just unzip the back panel and use the mesh padded shoulder harness and hip belt for comfortably carrying on your back. The hoodoo red is as colorful as the rocks in Colorado, and it comes in black and nitro green. The 46-liter bag is a high-quality seller on Amazon.com® at an affordable price, item model number 137646-391-1-O/S, making this a best travel backpack. It is unisex and one size fits all.
It has a large lockable access main compartment for the contents inside. It has 1 internal and 1 external mesh pockets that are zipped in the main portion for quick access to what’s inside. Its foam padded sidewalls with StraightJacket™ compression will stabilize the pack and protect it to compress the load. There is a sternum strap that is adjustable and a stow away padded shoulder harness. A rescue whistle buckle is comfortable and supports the popular backpack style of wearing it.
On the front panel are 4 reinforced cord loops for attaching Porter’s Osprey® Daylite pack sold separately that gives you more capacity for carrying stuff. Top and side carrying handles are foam padded. The shoulder strap attachment is a D-ring configuration for carrying options.
Take it with you on airplanes, hiking, hunting, and anywhere you go it goes.
- Volume Dimensions: O/S 2807 cubic-inches/46-liter
- Size Dimensions: 22-inches high x 14-inches wide x 9-inches deep
- Weight: 3.31 pounds.
- Fabric: Main-420D (denier) Nylon Hex Diamond Ripstop; Accent 420HD nylon pack cloth; bottom 420HD nylon pack cloth
- Stow-Away Padded Hip Belt: 38 mm
- 1mm HDPE Frame Sheet
A 15.6-inch laptop will fit into this with protection. It is not waterproof but you can buy a cover for it.
Gift-wrapping is available for family and friends. You will receive a User’s Manual and an Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. The backpacks are made in Vietnam.
Osprey Porter 46L Backpack Review—1 Year of Travel | Best Backpack for RTW Travel Video.
3. The North Face® Jester Backpack
The North Face® Jester Backpack model number CHJ4 is one size, made of 600D (denier) polyester and is a top seller on Amazon.com® for under $100. The redesigned 26-liter Jester now has a comfortable back panel with shoulder straps. The FlexVent™ suspension system compression-molded shoulder straps with a padded air-mesh back panel and spine channel for greatest support and ventilation will be comfortable on your back. The color highlighted is red asphalt and dark gray. These backpacks for women or men are lightweight, functional, and good looking.
The colors are breathtaking and fun for whatever your mood or desire might be.
The backpack also has a floating padded 15-inch laptop sleeve in the main compartment that zips shut to protect the device. It will hold a 17-inch laptop (14.5″ x 10″) in the main section. There are zippered pockets with Velcro® closing for pens and small items. The front has an elastic bungee cord for storing things there.
For your safety, there is a 360-degree reflective bicycle light loop. For your bottles of water the tabs hold those secure in the 2 mesh pockets. Don’t miss the shoulder strap webbing that breathes. The top handle is padded for easy carrying and comfort for your hands. This backpack has a sternum strap that users like best with a whistle buckle. So, you will have 2 large zippered compartments to carry all your gear.
This backpack has even more cool features such as the front accessory pocket, integrated key clip, removable hip belt for added support, and a LED light loop. It is water resistant but not waterproof.
The dimensions are 18.75- x 14- x 7-inches and the laptop sleeve is 12- x 14-inches. It weighs 1-pound 15-ounces, so that’s almost 2-pounds empty.
Most buyers say it is comfortable, lightweight, comes with good padding, is easy to load and exceedingly adjustable.
The zipper can snag, it is heavy and bulky when overloaded to restrict movement, and the pack could have a few more pockets and straps.
It is a versatile backpack for grade through high school, college, travel, day hikes, office, and medium loads. A stack of books and binders might be heavy, but that’s not the backpack’s fault. Use it as a diaper bag for all the things a baby needs. You can take this best carry on backpack on an airplane.
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Spot clean with warm water and mild detergent, air dry and never iron.
Gift-wrapping is available for someone needing a backpack. You will receive instructions for how to use and how to clean with a Lifetime Warranty. The backpack is made in Vietnam.
The North Face® Jester Backpack video.
4. 5.11 Tactical® RUSH12™ Outdoor Backpack
The 5.11 Tactical apparel and accessories backpack have been worn by law enforcement, fire, and EMS professionals for over a generation. Performance and reliability matter and this 5.11 gear performs. The style #56892 model number 511Bp is a top seller on Amazon.com® for under $80 and is made of 1050D (denier) ballistic nylon that is water resistant, not waterproof. The MultiCam® color is 1000D nylon. The pack has a contoured yoke shoulder strap system. This bag is good for a GORUCK Light event, best with a belly strap. Some of you folks know about this, so put it here for you to know.
This pack will hold a 15-inch MacBook Pro fitting perfectly in the waterproof pouch in the main pocket and an iPad, but is not built for it. Be sure to not drop the backpack or throw it off a cliff. It does not have a concealed carry pocket but a pistol can be carried in one of the pouches.
Use this multidimensional backpack on your tactical type job, hunting, or emergency go bag or softer functions such as school and the office. It has 16 compartments for a variety of storage options. The zippers are YKK® and repair themselves. The initials YKK® stand for Yoshida KōgyōKabushikia Japanese zipper manufacturer making great types of zippers for 71 countries.
There is an inside panel to organize your papers, paper tablets, and file folders. You will have a 60-ounce space for storing your liquid drinks, and a fleece-lined sunglass holder to keep from scratching your glasses.
The RUSH12™ backpack has an extensive wraparound web platform MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) and is SlickStick® System compatible so that you can customize your storage to meet your specific needs. You can use the pull tabs with your gloves on. The MOLLE are on the back, sides, chest, and handle straps for carrying a flashlight and knife.
You will have 2 outside compression straps, adjustable shoulder straps, with a sternum strap centered for stability and is height adjustable. The main storage area is roomy for many things. If that’s not enough, you will have hook and loop nametape and flag patches. You can take the EDC (Every Day Carry) backpack as a carry-on in airplanes.
The reinforced grab handle will ensure you have a good grip with or without gloves. It also has ports on both sides for hydration hoses. A 1.5-liter water bladder will fit this backpack, sold separately. It has 4 loops on the bottom for strapping things. This attractive men’s or women’s travel backpack is lightweight and functional for any hiking trip or getting about town.
The dimensions are 18- x 11- x 6.5-inches for the main compartment; 12- x 9- x 1.75-inches bottom front compartment; 17- x 11- 1.5-inch liter hydration pocket; 1476-cubic inches for a total 24-liter capacity.
More dimensions: Looking at it from the side: MAIN – seam to seam 7-1/2 inches; top to bottom 15-1/2-inches; FRONT POUCH 10- x 3-inches; width at back tapers from 8- to 10-1/2-inches top to bottom; STRAPS 2-3/4-wide, 1/2-inch thick. So, H-D-W would be approximately 15-1/2- x 10-1/2- x 8- to 10-1/2-inches (tapered). Cover the grommet holes with Gorilla® tape on the inside to reduce dust.
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Gift-wrapping is available for someone needing a backpack. You will receive instructions for how to use and how to clean. 5.11 Tactical® has a 30-day return and exchange policy. You may return your merchandise to 5.11 Tactical® within 30 days upon the receipt of your product. The backpack is made in Vietnam.
5.11 RUSH™ Series Backpacks video.
5.11 Tactical RUSH 12™ Tactical Backpack: First Impressions video.
5. SWISSGEAR® 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack
The SWISSGEAR® 19-inch electronic device backpack will carry your laptop and lunch too. The Item model number SA1900 is a #1 best seller on Amazon.com®. This is an eBag exclusive with its lay-flat design that will get your computer through airport security at the TSA (Transportation Security Administration in the USA) x-ray equipment. Your laptop can stay inside the best laptop backpack for convenience. The backpack has a designated compartment that has an adjustable divider to hold most portable laptops up to 17-inches on the diagonal. The floating TabletSafe™ tablet pocket is for your first-class electronics protection. The colors available are black, black/blue, black/gray, gray heather, and red.
You will be able to pack your books, pens, cell phone, tablet, and laptop in this roomy case made of 1200 denier ballistic polyester fabric and that number is thick. The main partition has durable and extra-large zippers with side compression straps. The back panel has Airflow™ ventilation that is padded with a mesh fabric and built-in suspension. It is unisex and one size fits all.
Other cool things are the accordion file folder, organizer space, internal accessory pockets, side pocket, 2 mesh water bottle pockets, padded media pocket, headphone cord port, molded top handle, a webbing daisy chain and carabineer to attach gear to when you’re on the go. It also contains a front quick-access pocket and reflective accent material built into the shoulder straps for added safety when out at night. Since the backpack is oversized, it fits adults and large children best.
This best backpack for men is wonderful and durable to use for school, college, hunting, hiking, and work. It makes a great day pack for hiking the trails and ‘round the world trips. It is not water resistant and is not a cooler to keep things cold. It does not have a sternum strap or luggage strap to attach to wheeled luggage.
It will hold 31 liters (1.09-cubic feet) of stuff and a 2-liter (68-ounces) water or soda bottle. You can carry 40-pounds in it and that is substantial weight unless a short walk at school from one room to another. If you don’t pack it too tight, it will fit under an airplane front seat with no problem, or the overhead bin if packed too full. You can also put a small blanket in it, since the airlines charge for it now.
The dimensions are 18.5-inches tall x 13.5-inches wide x 9.0-inches-deep and it weighs 3.3 pounds empty. Laptop area measurements are 18.5-inches long x 12.5-inches wide x 2.0-inches high.
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You will receive a User’s Manual and 3-year Warranty from date of purchase from any defects in workmanship and materials. The backpack is made in China.
SWISSGEAR® Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack 1900 Review Full of Stuff video.
6. Under Armour® Storm Hustle II Backpack
The Under Armour® Storm 1, item model number 1263964, is a top selling backpack on Amazon.com® at an affordable price. The tag on it shows it is water resistant with a strong and durable abrasion-proof bottom panel. The soft lined laptop compartment holds up to a 15-inch laptop securely. It is unisex and one size fits all.
The pack has 2 side water bottle pockets, a top grab handle, and a large gusseted front laundry pocket for all those dirty things. You will like the 3 interior slip pockets with 5 exterior pockets for your devices and other stuff. You will also like having the extra comfortable shoulder straps that are adjustable HeatGear® and the fabric of 81% polyester and 19% nylon.
The Storm 1 is the best backpack for travel, great for school kids, day trips, office, and hiking day trips. This is too large for kindergarteners and grade school kids but ideal for college students. Get the kindergartners and young kids a small cartoon logo backpack to not break their backs.
This will hold gym clothes, a 29.5-inch basketball, and a tennis racket handle that will stick out.
To clean, first remove excess dirt and mud with a dry brush, and then use mild detergent and warm water to remove any set-in stains with a soft tooth brush, sponge, or cloth. Let it air dry. Do not use abrasive household cleaning products or submerge the bag in water when cleaning. Do not put in the clothes washer and never in the dryer.
The dimensions are 18-inches tall x 13-inches wide x 8-inches deep. The cubic volume is 1875-cubic feet.
You will receive a User’s Manual. Returns and exchanges are free and accepted up to 60 days after purchase with original receipt or shipment summary. The backpack is made in China and ships from different locations in the USA.
Under Armour® Storm Series Hustle Backpack Review – Best School Backpack video.
7. TETON SPORTS® Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack
The TETON SPORTS® Scout3400 is the perfect size for youth and light backpackers with a free yellow safety rain cover included. It stays hidden until you need it then simply pull it out. The model number TSIFB-01 is a top best seller on Amazon.com®. The 2 barrel-lock drawstrings will close the main compartment pocket secure and tight.
It has torso adjustments to fit most body sizes; an internal frame backpack large enough for 2 to 4 day trips and maybe more holding 3400-cubic feet with 55-liter (14.5-gallons) capacity weighing 4.5-pounds empty. The side/front and top/bottom compression straps will hold your tent, sleeping bag, and other gear securely. You don’t want to wear out your hips and you won’t with the hip padding of open-cell foam with a mesh lumbar (lower back) pad. The channels are molded to give you even more comfort with airflow. You can’t miss the bright yellow rainfly that is integrated into the backpack being resistant to rain—and water. It is unisex and one size fits all.
Everyone loves color for different purposes such as hiding out in the dark evergreen woods and forests. These colors are stunning for men, women, and young people alike. From left to right: mecca orange, hunter green, and coyote tan with matching straps. You will have plenty of pockets, thick padded shoulder and waist straps, and bendable aluminum stays for strength. The zippers are thick and study.
You can hang your ski poles, fishing pole, shovel, or ax in the gear loops. With the convenient top carry loop, you can easily put this into your vehicle. The backpack is made of 600D (denier) Diamond Ripstop 600D (denier) PU (polyurethane). This has a padded pouch that can be used to hold a laptop. It is the pocket for a bladder and has a hydration capacity of 101-ounces (3-liter bladder not included). The sleeve inside the pack to slip stuff into it shuts tightly with a Velcro® pocket that attaches. It can be used for your laptop, or for water, or purchase a separate bladder for water.
The TETON SPORTS® website FAQ states: “The Scout3400 backpack meets size standards for airport carry-on, as long as you don’t stuff it too full. A bulging pack will exceed allowable measurements and if you somehow manage to get it on the plane, it won’t fit into the overhead bin very well. Of course, all TETON SPORTS® backpacks can be checked in at an airport. Fasten buckles, tighten straps, and tuck loose ends into zippered pockets whenever possible to minimize damage from baggage handling machines. Please note damage from baggage handling is not covered by the TETON SPORTS® Warranty.”
The Scout3400 is 30-inches tall x 17-inches wide x 12-inches deep with an adjustable torso length from 15- to 19.5-inches. The waist belt adjusts from 26- to 60-inches. The weight is 4.4 pounds.
You will receive a User’s Manual and a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers products against defects in materials or workmanship to the original owner only and excludes normal wear and tear (i.e., zippers that wear out after extended use) or misuse. The backpack is made in China.
Getting to Know Your Teton®Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack video.
8. Timbuk2® Uptown Travel Backpack
The Timbuk2® backpack 30-liter capacity is a great get-around-town pack with stuff inside. It is a best seller on Amazon.com® in 7 striking colors to choose from such as abyss, jet black, diablo, midway, nautical, pike, and surplus. This backpack holds a 15-inch MacBook and iPad easily. It is water resistant but not waterproof. Raindrops will roll off.
With the front zip pocket, you will have a handy space for your contact lens case and lipstick if it doesn’t melt on a sweltering day. The side pocket on the outside will stretch to hold your water bottle or U-lock. And for your sunglasses or regular glasses you don’t want scratched, put them in the tricot-lined floating pocket or put your Smartphone there. It also has a clever extra Vista loop for attaching a blinking bicycle light(s). This is a man’s or woman’s travel backpack for getting about town.
The large main area is for your books, 3-ring binders, jacket, and more. It is TSA-compliant and you can send your backpack through security without removing any devices unless the rules have changed. It will fit under the seat in front of you if not overstuffed. It opens to lay flat for the officials to check inside.
The back panel is mesh for airflow, has an adjustable sternum strap, side handle, top handle, and more convenient things.
The backpack is for city folks but I would take it on a short-day trip fishing! Timbuc2® can be used local, distant, and far away!
The dimensions are 19.5-inches tall x 6.5-inches deep x 11.22-inches wide. It weighs about 2.4 pounds empty. This is a 2017 model.
Gift-wrapping is available for someone needing a backpack. You will receive instructions for how to use and how to clean. The Timbuc2® has a Lifetime Warranty. The backpack is made in Indonesia.
Timbuk2® Uptown Travel Backpack Review video.
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9. Mountaintop® Adventure Hiking Backpack
The Mountaintop® backpack is huge and a best seller on Amazon.com® for under $85! The stunning colors are black, sapphire blue, blue, green, maroon, and red. Pick one to match your eyes or your shirt. They are gorgeous!
The 70-liter (4272-cubic inches) plus 10-liter internal frame backpack (attached to the top) can be used for hiking, hunting, wilderness adventures or wherever you go to carry things on your back freeing up your hands. An extension collar with two drawstrings on the top can expand the pack and increase the main compartment capacity by 5 liters. It has a rain cover with the YKK® Buckle 5805II with whistle. The zippers are YKK® and repair themselves. The initials YKK® stand for Yoshida KōgyōKabushikia Japanese zipper manufacturer making great types of zippers for 71 countries. The pack is made of water-resistant rip-stop Korean nylon.
The zippered front gives you immediate and easy entry with its flip up design. The daisy chains let you hook a carabiner, an axe, hiking poles, ski poles, camera tripod or other tripod. The pack has 8 compression straps to suspend your sleeping bag camping gear, or tie up anything you need to take along on your journey. The elastic bands hold everything in place to not swing and sway to trip you up.
Two water bottles can be put into the mesh sides with a water bladder (not included) sleeve in the main section for tube access.
The front has a sleeping bag compartment with divider; 1 hip belt pocket; 2 lid pockets; 1 front pocket; and 1 rain cover included. The torso length adjustment with 8 stage height adjusters at the back will stay put with a thick hard area with Velcro®. You will have an adjustable sternum strap and D-hooks on both sides of the 21-inch shoulder strap for attaching small stuff.
It is too large to be used as a checked bag at the airport. It does not have a detachable day hiking pack. You can buy one and attach it. It loads from the top and has no front load choice and will hold a 17-inch laptop and a ton of other things.
Mountaintop® is a somewhat unknown manufacturer. They are diligently trying to capture the USA market for hiking backpacks. With their low prices and reasonably excellent quality products they are a good substitute to the big brand names you know well. There is no company website but they are on Facebook. Their English skills leave a lot to desire, for instance some difficult things to figure out such as “loose and pull out the Velcro®” and “ideal for wet or dirty stuffs.” Just wade through the English and figure it out. They have been designing and building innovative high-quality packs since 1986. The backpack gets complimentary reviews on Amazon, so people are buying the Mountaintop® backpacks there regularly.
Do not put in a clothes washer for instant destruction! Spot clean with warm water and liquid detergent and no bleach. Air dry and do not iron. If you clean it too vigorously, you will remove the water repellant chemicals. It weighs 4.9-pounds (2.25 kg) empty.
You will receive instructions for how to use and how to clean. The Mountaintop® Hiking Backpack has a 90-day Limited Warranty. The backpack is made in Shenzhen, China.
Mountaintop® Pack Review video.
10. 3VGear® Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack
3V Gear® military-style MOLLE and hydration compatible tactical backpack, bug-out bag, or for outdoors hiking, hunting, and survival is sure to please with its many features for under only $80 on Amazon.com® and a best seller. Paratus means prepared for any event or outcome whatever it may be. Don’t be fooled by the price. The company cuts out the middle man to give you the best price and superior quality with a Lifetime Warranty. The colors to select from are black, coyote tan, gray, khaki/bark, and olive drab. You will have to buy the bladder for water and CamelBak® is a good one. With its many components, it is truly a lightweight backpack.
The Paratus II modular 3-day design is 3 packs in 1 made of rugged weather resistant 600D (denier) PVC (polyvinyl chloride) nylon. It comes with a detachable deployment pack with a shoulder or waist strap. The Velcro® logo VVV (or chevrons) rubber morale patch is removable. The 2 military nylon coil zippers are self-repairing with threaded paracord pulls to reduce noise and are super durable. This is the pride of the 3V Gear® line of products. The seams are double stitched for durability and strength.
You will appreciate the comfort of the ergonomically padded shoulder straps, hip straps, and EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) foam backing at the back panel.
This Paratus bug out bag is comfortable for hikes and distance walking in a tactical pack. With the detachable deployment pack and MOLLE pouches fully matched vest or other gear, you can get rid of the larger pack for quick jaunts and day trips.
It has a double stitched grab handle and can be carried with the waist belt. Pack up your first aid kit, climbing harnesses, ammo bags, camera, and off you go wherever you need to be or where nature beckons you.
The dimensions are the most allowable for airline carry-on requirements.
The dimensions of the main compartment are 20-inches high x 12-inches wide x 5.5-inches deep (1320-cubic inches) with internal organization. The total weight is 4.45-pounds including the rapid deployment pouch.
The top front is 13-inches high x 12-inches wide x 3-inches deep (468-cubic inches) and is pleated with more internal organization.
The 2 large MOLLE pouches attached to each side are 5- x 2.5- x 8-inches (100-cubic inches). The overall pack size is 2420-cubic inches.
With the padded laptop sleeve you should be able to fit your 17-inch laptop easily.
The contoured shoulder strap is 48-inches long x 2-inches wide with a D-ring for attaching more equipment or gear as you need on your trek. The waist belt is 52-inches and padded for comfort. The pack has external side compression/load lifting straps and a padded carry and drag handle that is heavy-duty. You will have MOLLE and PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) points in many places. The bottom pocket on the front is a removable fanny pack. It has a waistband so can be worn as a separate small pack.
This pack has endless features and customization. The elastic strap aids you with loose strap controlling, an included impressive embroidered 3V Gear® logo, rapid deployment pack of our American flag, PVC patches, 3- x 5-inch Velcro® ID panel. The pack has a sternum strap, 3 zippered compartments, interior pocket dividers and organizers for your files, papers, or other items. And you will have 2 pen holders with side release buckles. There are two loops at the bottom. They are made of 1-inch nylon webbing. Both ends of each loop are sewn into the seam that separates the mesh backing from the main compartment and each loop is about 3-inches long.
This backpack is the most adaptable and all-around tactical pack known! The deployment pack and MOLLE accessory pouches are now available separately as well.
Gift-wrapping is available along with a User’s Manual, USA flag and 3V logo patches, with a Lifetime Warranty. It is made in China.
Full Review of the 3V Gear® Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack video.
- The middle or bottom is the best place to put heavier gear to prevent you from losing balance and stability.
- Prepare for bad weather even though it’s not predicted.
- Plan you trip route before you leave telling people your plans, where you’re going, and when you plan to go back.
- Take a paper map with you, a compass, camera, and the ability to use them. Take along electronic devices such as a cell phone, but remember they don’t always work out of range.
- Don’t forget flashlights, binoculars, matches or lighters for camp fires, hiking boots, canteen of water, pocket knife and small shovel.
- Take batteries and chargers for your electronic devices. If staying where there is electricity and your charger stays plugged into the wall, don’t forget to take it when you leave.
- Take water, purification tablets, and a system to filter water for an emergency. Check out your area traveling to know if you will have water access.
- Take a first aid kit in case there are bugs, animals, or someone slips and falls.
- Take a few high-pitched metal whistles for you and your group.
- Read your backpack User’s Manual to know how it functions before taking off.
- Don’t forget to take your house keys with you.
No matter how big or far your trip, always be ready for unforeseen problems and prepare for it by taking things such as a first aid kit, knife, and an Epi-pen® for those having allergies to bug bites or plants. Hunters will be licensed for the specific animal kill season and be safe as well wearing the required hunter orange above the waist pursuant to your state’s regulations and is strongly recommended for those states not requiring it. Be safe on your global trip, day trip, hunting trip, and wherever you go with your backpack. Happy shopping and happy backpacking!