3 Hiking Backpacks Recommended for Men and Women

A great backpack is an essential for hikes of any shape or size. Whether you’re in the market for a compact rucksack for casual walks or a big behemoth of a bag that you can take trekking, you’ll need to choose something reliable, tough and comfortable – like one of our favorite nine rated hiking backpacks for men and women.  

What features should I look for? 

Backpacks are usually either top loading (an opening at the top, which is more watertight and best for hikers) or front loading (these are easier to pack and unpack, ideal for backpackers). 

Other useful features to look out for include easy-to-access zipped inner and outer pockets for valuables and mesh pockets for water bottles, plus compression straps for cinching a bag down to make it more compact. 

If you’re off travelling you may want to pick a model with a removable mini rucksack, so you have a smaller daysack to use on day hikes.

Small - Medium Size

The main factor to keep in mind when shopping for a new hiking backpack is size. Backpacks are measured by the capacity they hold in litres – usually a 15L-30L backpack is called a daysack or daypack, which as the name suggests holds the kit you need for one day’s walking adventure. 

Here I recommend 20L Hiking Trekking Backpack Sports Cross Shoulder Bag, it's a multi functional lightweight bag, made by good material and with many zipped pocket, good use for walking and hiking as well.

Hiking Trekking Backpack Sports Cross Shoulder Bag

Medium - Large Size

A bag with a capacity of 40-50L is suitable for multi-day use such as a two-day hike or a wild camping trip. Rucksacks with a capacity of 60-100L are suitable for backpackers or anyone on a big trekking adventure who needs to carry all of their kit as they hike.

Here I will recommend two for you.

1) 45L-65L Outdoor Mountaineering Climbing Backpack , a large capacity for 3 days+ hiking tour, made by Polyamide, also you can buckle it on the waist. 

2) 70L Outdoor Military Tactical Waterproof Wear-resistant Nylon Rucksack Backpack, must-have for hiking. Made by 600D Nylon with Interior Slot Pocket, Cell Phone Pocket. 

70L Outdoor Military Tactical Backpack

If you're heading out on your first weekend hike or wild camping trip, and looking for a large pack for well under $200, You can find all the backpack here: Hiking Backpack