Hiking Backpacks Features Comparison
Inexpensive hiking backpacks come in a variety of sizes and styles; some meant for day hikes, some for short multi-day outings, and others for extended overnight trips. Daypacks are the smallest and usually top out at 35 liters; overnight packs run to 90 liters. The best hiking backpacks come with a padded waist (or hip) belt and a sternum strap to disperse weight to your hips and keep the pack from bouncing around. Larger packs also feature an internal frame that helps stabilize and distribute the load. Heavier loads get a boost from an adjustable shoulder suspension system that lifts the weight off your shoulders. An internal sleeve for a water hydration system is more convenient than carrying a water bottle. Finally, durable, lightweight fabric can withstand the wear and tear of nature without further weighing down your load.
|Adjustable shoulder suspension||Capacity||Sternum Straps||Internal (or external) frame||Water bladder compatible||Material|
|REI Flash 18 Pack estimated price $30||No||18 liters||Yes||No||Yes||Ripstop nylon|
|Teton Sports Scout 3400 estimated price $50||Yes||55 liters||Yes||Yes||Yes||600-denier diamond ripstop material|
|High Sierra Explorer 55 estimated price $80||Yes||55 liters||Yes||Yes||Yes||Duralite and Duraweave|
|Osprey Packs Stratos 24 estimated price $80||No||22, 24, 26 liters||Yes||Yes||Yes||Ripstop nylon|