Backpacking Backpack Comparison Tables

To identify the best backpacking backpacks, we researched and analyzed dozens of backpacking backpacks, interviewed backpackers ranging from weekend warriors to world-class long distance hikers, and relied on our own experience to identify the best backpacks for most people. After testing packs for hundreds or even thousands of miles, we developed criteria to find the top seven backpacks specific to most people’s needs.

See the Comparison Tables

gender / price / return policy / warranty

The table below summarizes the gender, price, return policy, and warranty of our top picks for backpacking packs.

Best for Most PeopleUnisex$225 30 dayManufacturing defects
Upgrade PickUnisex$335 30 dayLifetime (original owner)
Budget PickM/W$199 30 dayLifetime (original owner)
Best Large VolumeUnisex$260 30 dayLifetime (original owner)
Best for Heavy LoadsWomens$310 30 dayLifetime
Best for Heavy LoadsMens$330 30 dayLifetime
Best FramelessUnisex$230 15 day return; 30 day exchange1 year
Budget FramelessUnisex$145 30 dayLifetime (original owner)


volume / materials / weight / max load

Sort the table below if you’re looking for a specific pack set up.

60100 & 200 denier Robic high-tensil strength nylon2.0430
68Liteskin / 500D Cordura – reinforcements on bottom and side pockets1.9635
60100D High-tenacity nylon with NeverWet liquid repelling treatment2.3635
75ULA 400 Robic fabric340
75210D Nylon Dobby4.9560
85210D Nylon Dobby5.3760
48Dyneema X1.062522
54ULA 400 Robic fabric1.518


Backpack Volume comparison chart

For those who prefer a visual presentation of data, below we compare the volume of our top picks for backpacking backpacks. (Note: Y-axis represents volume in cubic liters)

A volume comparison chart of our top picks for backpacking backpacks.

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backpacking Backpack weight comparison chart

A visual comparison of the weight of our top picks for backpacks. (Note: Y-axis represents weight in pounds)

A weight comparison chart of our top picks for backpacking backpacks.

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Other Packs We COnsidered

Some of the backpacks we considered didn’t make the cut. See the table below for a summary.

ULA CircuitUnisex$235
Osprey Eja 58Womens$220
Osprey Exos 58Mens$220
Zpacks Arc BlastUnisex$325
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 SouthwestUnisex$345
REI Flash 55M/W$199