Top 6: The Best Hiking Backpack for the Money

Why sleep next to 15 other groups when you can take your hiking backpack and make a halt – all alone – literally anywhere you want? Beauty, loneliness, and the desire to test yourself are the reasons why enthusiasts do not hesitate to spend nights and even weeks, dragging all their gear behind their backs. And strangely enough, it’s not hard at all!

Currently, hundreds of backpacks can be found on the market, from light and minimalist backpacks to a large and multifunctional. Each of them has its pros and cons. But first, determine what you are buying it for. Are you used to carrying with you the minimum required, or, when going into the forest, take a whole bunch of things? In any case, we will help you choose a backpack for you, which will allow you to comfortably carry your things.


Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.1: Mountain Hardwear Ozonic OutDry 60L | For budget: under $300

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.1: Mountain Hardwear Ozonic OutDry 60L

Backpack Capacity: 60L

With this hiking backpack, do not think about returning to a warm hotel, when a downpour starts – go ahead! Waterproofing technology OutDry will not allow moisture to get inside, even during a storm. Its volume is 60 liters, so there is enough space for equipment and things for a few nights.  It is worth to mention that this backpack was developed specifically for female anatomy.

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Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.2: Osprey Aether AG 70 | For budget: under $350

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.2: Osprey Aether AG 70

Backpack Capacity: 70L

With this backpack, you can go anywhere – even on a hike into the forest, albeit on alpine excursions. Technology Osprey Anti-Gravity, which includes a lightweight mesh rear panel, as well as adjustable waist belt and straps, greatly simplifies the transfer of heavyweights. But our favorite feature is a removable top that turns into a fully functional backpack! Also, this hiking backpack is available for women, sold under the name Ariel.

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Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.3: Arc’teryx Bora AR 63 | For budget: under $600

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.3: Arc'teryx Bora AR 63

Backpack Capacity: 63L

This hiking backpack is expensive. But Arcteryx knows how to create top-end equipment, although it costs a little more than its competitors. These backpacks have been awarded the Outdoor Gear Lab’s Editor’s Choice award many times, including this year, thanks to the fact that they can carry a weight of up to 25 kilograms, and they do not harm your back. And they are durable.

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Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.4: The North Face Banchee 50 | For Budget: under $250

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.4: The North Face Banchee 50

Backpack Capacity: 50L

Somehow, The North Face managed to put here a relatively large suspension system, which can significantly simplify the life of the owner of this backpack. Two long pockets with a zipper are quite original, but nevertheless, they help to organize things better, while fastening pockets on the belt will always keep a snack, hiking GPS and a compact camera close to you. Its capacity is 50 liters, which is more than enough for a week-long hike to the mountains.

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Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.5: Deuter ACT Lite 50+10 Hiking Backpack | For budget: under $200

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.5: Deuter ACT Lite 50+10 Hiking Backpack

Backpack Capacity: 50+10L

In addition to being one of the most accessible options from our rating, this backpack is also very convenient. The Deuter ACT Lite 50 + 10 allows you to easily carry weights. Thanks to the Aircontact Lite suspension system, ventilated back and straps, which have a special shape that promotes better weight distribution on the hips and back. And to this backpack, you can attach hiking poles or ice axes, which indicates that Deuter seriously took to the development of this product.

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Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.6: Osprey Farpoint 40 | For budget: under $200

Best Hiking Backpack for the Money No.6: Osprey Farpoint 40

Backpack Capacity: 40L

Osprey Farpoint 40L with its amazingly comfortable and durable shoulder straps is one of the most comfortable backpacks. Its volume of 40 liters, combined with the possibility of considerable compression by tightening straps, allows you to pack it heavily. In addition, the backpack has a separate compartment for the laptop. The only drawback: with the standard load you need to tinker a bit to get to the main compartment of the backpack.

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Yes, of course, these backpacks are probably quite expensive. But a good backpack is a pledge of a great hiking trip. Before my first hiking trip, I saw a cheap hiking backpack for $50, with a volume of 50 liters. Looking at other backpacks that cost much more, I decided to buy this cheap backpack. Because I didn’t know anything about backpacks for hiking. I put in my backpack not so many things and the total weight of it was only 8-9 kg including water. What do you think happened next?

Everything went wrong, not as I planned. I wanted my trip to last a month, but it ended in 2 weeks. One strap of the backpack broke away, but luckily I was not far away from the city. In the city, I bought a thread and a needle and sewed my hiking backpack, sitting on the beach.

My Hiking Trip

Fixing the strap seams of my backpack while sitting on the beach.

Every kilometer I passed was difficult for me. My back ached terribly from this uncomfortable backpack. And every time it started to rain heavily, I had to take off my backpack and put on a waterproof cover on my backpack. In general, everything was very bad and that is because of the terrible hiking backpack.

However, not all backpacks are waterproof and many hiking backpacks need a waterproof cover. But, I can accept the waterproof cover If hiking backpack is not waterproof. But an uncomfortable backpack – no. I arrived home and threw this backpack into the trash. On my next trip, I bought the Deuter ACT Lite 50+10 backpack. And since then I put even more things in it, but my back is always in good condition. No more back pain, thanks to the special ergonomics. And my hiking trips are now a pleasure.

My Best Hiking Backpack for the Money




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