Best Backpacks for Backpacking

BestBackpackLooking for a new backpack so you can do that thing, what’s it called…you know, backpacking?

We took the time to compile a list of the top rated backpacking backpacks that you can find online today. These are typically much less expensive than buying them anywhere, and we’ve been able to get a wide variety, hopefully enough that we can find something for everyone who’s looking for a serious pack.

Below you’ll see we’ve broken down all of our information into an interactive guide that you can use to find the right piece of gear for your needs based on size, weight, price, and ratings.

If you’d rather we just tell you what one to buy, scroll down a bit further and you’ll find our Top 5 list of backpacking backpacks, each with a bit of a review and a link to find out more about each of them.

Backpacks are one of the foundational pieces of your kit – you need to get this one right if you’re going to have any luck kicking butt on the trail. You might need to rely on it to not only haul your small stove and compass and map, but to keep those important things dry.

So that you know, some of these come in different sizes, and they usually list the dimensions of certain aspects of the pack. We’ve chosen the ‘standard’ size (usually a medium, but sometimes a large), and listed it’s information here. You can easily click on the pack’s link and change the size to see the correct information.

Top Backpacking Backpacks Comparison Guide and Key

BackpacksSize (liter)Size (cubic inch)Weight (pounds)RatingPrice
Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack
65390055.0$$$
Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack
5231003.34.9$$
Osprey Men's Aether 70 Backpack
7042724.94.9$$$$
Osprey Talon 44-Litre Backpack
4427002.64.8$$
TETON Sports Canyon2100 Canyoneering Internal Frame Backpack
35210054.7$
ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame Plus Pack Bag, 5250 Cubic Inches
8652507.34.7$$
TETON Sports Hiker3700 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack
60370044.6$$
Osprey Talon 33-Litre Backpack
33200024.6$$
Osprey Packs Atmos 65 Backpack
6539673.64.6$$$
TETON Sports Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack
5534004.54.5$
High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack
55335654.5$$
High Sierra Long Trail 90 Suspension Pack
90550064.5$$
CUSCUS 6200ci 88L Internal Frame Hiking Camp Travel Backpack Gray
8862005.54.4$
TETON Sports Summit1500 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack
2515002.44.4$
TETON Sports Explorer4000 Internal Frame Backpack
65400054.4$
High Sierra Classic Series 59401 Sentinel 65 Internal Frame Pack
6539704.84.4$$
TETON Sports FOX5200 Internal Frame Backpack
8551875.54.3$$
High Sierra Classic Series 59501 Appalachian 75 Internal Frame Pack
7545805.84.3$$
High Sierra Tech Series 59405 Titan 65 Internal Frame Pack
65396654.2$$

Included in the matrix are 6 columns:

  • Backpack brand and name/model & Picture (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Size (liter) – The volume of the bag in liters
  • Size (cubic inches) – The volume of the bag in cubic inches (we’ve given both because some people have a preference)
  • Weight (pounds) – Stated weight of the backpack from the manufacturer, all items included
  • Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com. This is a helpful statistic in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase
  • Price – These are approximate prices from Amazon.com. They change frequently based on availability, promotions, and more. Generally speaking: $ = under $75, $$ = $75 to $150, $$$ = $150 to $250, $$$$ = $250+

+ Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier

Top 5 Backpacking Backpacks

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack

Deuter-ACT-Lite-65+10-Backpack-smallWith a perfect 5 out of 5 rating on Amazon.com, this just has to top the list for backpacking backpacks. The Deuter 65+10 is made out of incredibly high-tech and durable Deuter-Ripstop 210 material, focuses on breathability, and weighs just 5 pounds.

It is an excellent overall package with great size at 65 L or 3900 ci, and don’t forget the +10 with that extra pocket.

The frame is made of lightweight aluminum, so when you combine that with the top of the line material, you’ve got a seriously quality bag on your hands (or on your back, if you prefer!). It’s built to last and not just years, but hard work.

People of all body shapes and sizes will find something to like about this bag. One of the greatest things about it is just how adjustable everything is. It’ll fit you like a glove with some extremely easy adjustments. It sits fairly high, and of course with easy adjustments, this is simple to maintain – this adds an extra little bit to the breathable factor of this backpack.

A perfect rating from owners of this bag can’t be wrong, and for under $200, it’s one of the best investments you’ll make.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack

Kelty-Redwing-50-Liter-Backpack-smallThis is Kelty’s best-selling backpack and one of the best-selling in the entire market, and it’s not hard to see why. The Redwing totally delivers.

Popular for some time now, this is the newer model of the pack. It’s very much one of those “working” backpacks. Not full of fancy features that get in the way and take up space, just a solid, 50 L (3100 ci) bag, ready to be put through whatever you can throw at it.

It’s only 3.3 pounds, and a load of thought went into the ventilation and cooling features, the support structure, and the hydration capabilities. This is a comfortable bag that keeps most of the load off of your shoulders for a more balanced and less exhausting hike.

The simple layout has the right amount and kind of storage, most of which is easily accessible, and makes a lot of sense when you’re packing up.

Actual users have given this a 4.9 star our of 5 star rating over on Amazon, which is a pretty solid indicator of how good this thing really is. 90% of users gave it a full 5 stars! You have to check this one out if you’re in the market for a light weight 50 L bag.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

Osprey Talon 44-Litre Backpack

Osprey-Talon-44-Litre-Backpack-smallThe smallest on our Top 5 list, the Osprey Talon 44 L is an excellent light weight backpacking backpack that will suit you well for shorter treks like day trips and climbs. It won’t get in the way if you’re doing a lot of movement and need to be more nimble, so if you don’t need to be in the bush for days at a time, this will do the trick and then some.

It’s just 2.6 pounds and utilizes Osprey’s AirScape suspension system to provide you with the most comfort and take a lot of the work off of your back, so to speak. You’ll also find it uses mesh for ventilation in some areas, keeping in line with the high comfort level of this bag.

Even though it is a smaller size, you get a really good amount of storage, with lots of inventive uses of space on the outside of the bag, including the straps. There are lots of places to strap and secure your gear, and it can hold up to a 3 liter bladder for your hydration needs.

Like the rest of these packs on our Top 5, it’s been reviewed and given a major passing grade on Amazon – 4.8 out of 5, which is outstanding. More proof that this bag will do what you ask it to!

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame Plus Pack Bag, 5250 Cubic Inches

ALPS-OutdoorZ-Commander-Freighter-Frame-Plus-Pack-Bag-5250-Cubic-Inches-smallThe ALPS OutdoorZ Commander is a serious unit. It’s got huge capacity at 86 L (or 5250 cubic inches), is 7.3 pounds, and man does it do the job.

This is a Frame PLUS Pack, so you can use it either with or without the actual pack bag. It’s perfect for hunting (even comes equipped with a rifle holder) without the pack, as you can load up a good amount of meat and even trophy, but easily transitions to being a monster bag that you can use for your treks deep into the backwoods. Fill it up with your camp gear, unpack, set up your camp, and then go out to hunt – you’ll get loads of use out of this combined frame and bag.

All this is not to say you have to be a hunter to get use out of this pack. That’s the whole point, it’s so versatile that you can rig up pretty much any configuration of gear and be comfortable and able to do some serious backpacking.

The OutdoorZ Commander has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating and has been given a perfect score almost 80 percent of the time. It really will blow you away, and you’ll hardly believe it’s just a hair over $100. Totally a steal and a bargain at that price, and it’ll last you through some pretty serious trekking.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

TETON Sports Scout3400 Internal Frame Backpack

TETON-Sports-Scout3400-Internal-Frame-Backpack-smallThe Sports Scout 3400 is cheap (we found it on Amazon for under $75), light (4.5 pounds for a 55 L bag), and versatile.

Various adjustments make it comfortable (the fairly light weight helps with this, of course), and the straps are height-adjustable so a variety of people can get this to be just the right fit. Adding to the comfort are the contoured shoulder and back pads (including lumbar support), supported with aluminum.

It’s loaded with useful compartments like a sleeping bag area, zipper pockets, good access to the main bag, and more.

This is a great bag for a younger backpacker or someone who goes out once in awhile and doesn’t stay out for weeks at a time, and for this price and the quality, you really can’t go wrong getting this as an all purpose sort of pack. It even comes with a rain fly to keep your bag and contents dry if things get wet along the way.

The low price, 4.5 out of 5 star rating, and quality of this backpack meant that we just couldn’t pass up putting it on our list. Again, it’s perfect for the entry level to mid level backpacker who is looking for quality with great value.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

Best Women’s Backpacking Backpack

Gregory Deva 60 Technical Pack

Gregory-Deva-60-Technical-Pack-smallThe Gregory Deva 60 is specifically built for women, and is by far the best and most popular pack we found.

With an updated AFS suspension, women’s specific fit, and thermo-molded back panel, this unit is focused on comfort but doesn’t give up other vitals to accomplish it.

The fit will be secure and snug thanks to some auto-fit technology in the straps and supports, which we thought was very cool.

Coming in 3 sizes, you’re sure to find the right one for you. This category best-seller is raved about by those people who own and use it – a near perfect rating! This 60 L bag will get you through a load of different backpacking situations, whether you’re roughing it or touring Europe. It comes highly recommended and we felt it was necessary to include it in it’s own category to help you with your search for the right pack.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

Tents

Are you a semi-regular camper who rarely thinks about getting new camping gear but is always disappointed when you get to the camp ground and realize your tent sucks?

Or are you a hardcore camper who needs a 1 or 2 person tent and is looking to upgrade for the best value?

Either way, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best camping tents and have put them all into our easy, interactive chart below. Not only that, but we’ve gone and reviewed what we believe are the Top 5 Camping Tents on the market today.

So, if you’re just looking to upgrade to something that you can set and forget while car camping or if you want to get the best of the best, complete with all the waterproofing, strength, and durability possible, keep on reading, because we’ve got it all laid out for you!

Keep in mind that the tents below are all 5-person or less, and that each tent is probably most comfortable at least 1 person short of the limit (companies typically give ratings based on how many people can fit inside like sardines). You don’t want to have to leave all your gear outside if it starts to pour…you might not want a soggy camping stove!

If you’re looking for a larger tent for the whole family, click here to go to the best family tent section of the site.

Top Camping Tent Comparison Guide and Key

Camping TentsSleepsSize (feet)Center Height (inches)Weight (pounds)RatingPrice
EUREKA! Copper Canyon 4 - 4 Person Tent
48 x 88419.254.8$$$
Kelty Trail Ridge 4 - 4 Person Tent
48 x 6.85911.254.8$$$
Marmot Limelight 3 Persons Tent
37.75 x 5.5466.74.8$$$$
Mountainsmith Genesee 4P Tent
48 x 75264.7$$$
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Tent, Brown/Orange
37.5 x 5.5446.64.7$$$
Big Agnes Big House 4 - 4 Person Tent
48.3 x 6.86810.44.7$$$$
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 - 2 Person Tent
26.8 x 4.84454.6$$$
Ledge Scorpion Two Man Tent, Aluminum Poles
27.7 x 4.84254.6$$$
Eureka Apex 3 XT - Tent
37.5 x 6.5528.254.6$$$
American Trails Mid Peaked Tent
27 x 74864.5$
Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent, Green
49 x 759104.5$$
Coleman Sundome 3-Person Tent (Green, 7-Feet x 7-Feet)
37 x 75294.4$
TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent
16.8 x 3.25324.34.4$$
Coleman Instant Tent 4 Person
48 x 7599.84.4$$$
Suisse Sport Yosemite 5 Person 2 Room Dome Tent 10' x 8'
510 x 87213.654.3$$
Wenzel Ridgeline 3 Person Dome Tent
37 x 7507.34.3$$
Coleman 4-Person Evanston Tent with Screened Porch Canopy 9 Ft x 7 Ft Fits Queen Bed
49 x 759164.3$$
Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent
38 x 75911.54.2$$
Wenzel Alpine 8.5 X 8-Feet Dome Tent (Light Grey/Blue/Gold)
38.5 x 84884.1$
Slumberjack 2 Person Trail Tent
27 x 4.3416.34.1$$
Stansport Scout Backpack Tent (Forest Green, 6-Feet 6-Inch X4-Feet 6-Inch X 3-Feet)"
26.5 x 4.5363.84.0$
Wenzel Pine Ridge 5 Person Dome Tent
510 x 86010.84.0$$

Included in the matrix are 7 columns:

  • Tent brand and name/model & Picture (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Sleeps – The number of people that can sleep in this tent, according to the manufacturer
  • Size (feet) – Dimensions of the tent’s interior floor
  • Center height (inches) – Measurement from floor to the tallest point of the tent in the center
  • Weight (pounds) – Stated weight of the tent from the manufacturer, all items included
  • Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com. This is a helpful statistic in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase
  • Price – These are approximate prices from Amazon.com. They change frequently based on availability, promotions, and more. Generally speaking: $ = under $50, $$ = $50 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+

+ Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier

Top 5 Camping Tents

Kelty Trail Ridge 4 – 4 Person Tent

Kelty-Trail-Ridge-4-4-Person-Tent-smallThis freestanding easy to set up tent is among the best you can find.

It features over 55 square feet of living space and more than that, the walls are steeper than most tent walls, meaning there’s more room inside volume wise. For your ‘average’ sized tent, this one feels bigger than it really is.

It is freestanding, which means it is very easy to set up with the aluminum shockcorded poles (you’ll probably have it up in under 10 minutes).

Kelty has focused on ease of use and comfort with this tent (and obviously quality – Kelty makes outstanding tents and gear), so you’ll find things like various vents (even on the fly) to control condensation and ventilation, a fly that covers the entire tent, excellent waterproofing including a nylon floor with taped seams, and multiple mesh storage pockets inside.

Overall this is a great 3-season tent that has quality construction, good material, long-lasting durability, and good features. Oh, and did we mention that it has a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.com from actual users? 81% of reviewers gave it a perfect 5 star rating.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

EUREKA! Copper Canyon 4 – 4 Person Tent

EUREKA-Copper-Canyon-4-4-Person-Tent-smallThe Eureka Copper Canyon is a very cool tent. It’s 8 x 8 floor plan is fairly roomy in itself, but it absolutely blows its competitors out of the water when it comes to size – it’s 7 feet tall!

This cabin style camping tent has windows on each side, including the large D-shaped door, and has fairly large roof vents, too. This means you’ll have great ventilation and be able to control the internal environment with ease.

It doesn’t have many fancy features (though it does have storage pouches, including one overhead, plus a small zip along the bottom giving you the option to run in a power cord), but its unique design and expert craftsmanship and quality make it one of the best buys when it comes to camping tents. Eureka has a solid reputation and they certainly live up to it with the Copper Canyon 4 – 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon is excellent!

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Tent

ALPS-Mountaineering-Chaos-3-Tent-Brown_Orange-smallThe ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 is an excellent backpacking tent from top to bottom.

Freestanding style with aluminum poles that the tent clips to makes this an easy to set up tent. It only weighs about 6 pounds, which means it’s a decent carry (especially if you’re out with someone else – one can carry the tent, the other the poles and footprint). A door on either side of the tent improves versatility and convenience.

Mostly mesh, this is an excellent summer tent that lets loads of refreshing breeze in and allows for an excellent night time view. Don’t be alarmed, however, it’s got an amazing fly that will definitely keep you dry through the most torrential of downpours. 2 vestibules help keep your boots dry and are a nice addition.

One of the biggest things for us was that we found it for a fair bit below $200, it had 4.7 out of 5 stars from real user reviews, and 80 percent of people who reviewed it gave it a perfect 5 star rating. We’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong if you’re using this as a 3-season backpacking or camping tent.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

Marmot Limelight 3 Person Tent

Marmot-Limelight-3-Persons-Tent-smallAnother tent on the list because of it’s high quality design and engineering, the Marmot Limelight 3 is a super tent for nearly every situation.

You won’t need to worry about getting wet if you’re in any rainy or snowy conditions – the floor will keep the moisture out, the fly is a very good piece, and when the fly is attached, you’ll get two vestibules (one over each door), so you could get a few pieces of gear in there to keep them dry during rainfall.

As mentioned, it’s got two doors for convenience, each of which has some mesh on it to help with ventilation. As a whole, the tent has ventilation enough to ensure no condensation builds up on the inside, and to make sure you won’t overheat in the summer. The design of the poles and the fly mean that you won’t get any rubbing of materials, which also helps with condensation and waterproofing, and of course is a sign of quality and longevity.

With a near perfect rating from it’s users, this is one of the most popular tents, perfect for 2 people plus gear in any backpacking or camping situation. It’s fairly roomy, is only about 6 and a half pounds, and the quality is unsurpassed.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.

TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent

TETON-Sports-Outfitter-XXL-Quick-Tent-smallOur list wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t include a 1 person tent! And at this price (we found it for under $80 on Amazon.com), it’s a steal of a deal.

The Sports Outfitter XXL utilizes a pop-up system for insanely quick and easy set up and take down (both jobs can be done in under 1 minute). The ease of use is helped by the fact that it only weighs about 4 pounds.

You’ll find mesh from top to about a quarter of the way to the bottom of the tent, so it feels bigger than it is, cuts down on weight, and allows for maximum breathability and ventilation. If you’re stuck in rain, don’t worry – it has a great fly complete with a bungee vestibule that deflects water when you’re going in. The waterproofing on the tent between the floors and the fly guarantee you a dry night, no matter what it’s doing outside.

This is a cot tent, but is made to be used with or without the cot, so don’t worry if you don’t have one or would prefer to sleep on the ground (here’s a nod to the tent’s versatility).

Owners of this TETON love it, so we fully stand behind recommending it to you if you’re on the look out for a good one person tent that won’t break the bank.

Click here to see pricing, ratings, and reviews on Amazon.com.