Top 5 Best Hiking & Camping Backpacks for 2017

As summer is upon us, many are in search for the best gear for our ultimate outdoor summer trips. Whether it’s a family camping trip to the Eagle Mountains in Minnesota, or a treacherous climb in the Himalayan Mountains, these backpacks are sure to do the job!

Listed below are some of the best deals for outdoor backpacks for camping, hiking or even a school bag for the avid hikers that always want to be prepared.
All backpack are for Men and Women, great for traveling and cheap prices.

5. TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack

The TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Backpack is a great backpack for men and women to take on those long camping trips (2-5 days). This backpack includes many of the features you usually see on higher-priced backpacks. The Explorer 4000 has a capacity of 4000 cubic inches (65 liters). You will love the fully adjustable torso and waist belt–made to fit people between 5’1″ to 6’4″. It also includes upper load adjustment straps at the shoulders, with thicker padding this backpack provides amazing comfort, and won’t wear you out as fast. A super durable pack made with 600D squared ripstop and 600D Oxford canvas shell stands up to years of rugged adventuring. Includes a large sleeping bag compartment, pass-through weather shielded side pockets to accommodate tent poles or long gear, and multi-directional compression straps. The Explorer has multiple compartments and pockets arranged for strategic packing. Rainfly included with purchase.


  • Large capacity.
  • Adjustable size.
  • Holds plenty of items.
  • Adding padding makes for longer hike time.


  • Velcro straps frequently come detached.
  • It is a larger bag, so it does weighs more than most.

4. 20L/33L- Most Durable Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack

COMPACT, Folds into zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere. Unfolds from pocket to backpack. Must have on every hiking trip! MULTI COMPARTMENTS. Features a classic shape with several pockets for storage and organization. This backpack has a roomy main compartment, two front zipper pockets to hold small accessories, one internal security zippered pocket for valuable items and two side pockets for water bottle or umbrella. LIGHTWEIGHT (0.5 Pounds) and roomy (33 Liters). A true space saver. Stuff the bag into its own pocket for storage—no extra fees, and unzip it when you reach your destination. Avoid overweight charges, simply unfold from your luggage and use it as a carry on for your excess baggage.


  • Lightweight bag Great for all use.
  • Good size for the price.
  • Easily folds for compact put away.


  • Not meant for extreme hikes.

3. TETON Sports Oasis 1100 2 Liter Hydration Backpack

The TETON Sports Oasis 1100 is a large capacity hydration backpack that weighs only 2 pounds unfilled. The modern cut, multiple adjustments and ventilated shoulder straps mean all-day comfort, even when fully loaded. It includes a 2-liter bladder with three zipper pockets, storage space, and two mesh pouches that make this 1,100-cubic inch/18-liter total capacity hydration pack roomy enough for day or overnight trips. The low-profile athletic cut with full adjustment fits both men and women comfortably. This sturdy and lightweight backpack has wide mesh straps with ventilated foam and chest shock absorber. The FDA-compliant food grade bladder with triple-heat sealed edges, 2 inch opening for easy fill and cleaning, kink-free sip tube, cushioned bite valve, and twist-lock to prevent leaks.


  • Bigger size hydration bag for longer trips.
  • Light weight design for long hikes.
  • No need to carry water bottle around.
  • Many colors available.


  • Zipper tends to stick and can break if mistreated.

2. High Sierra Summit 45 Backpacking Pack

Details: Man-Made Materials, Top load main compartment with gusseted drawstring closure and adjustable top lid. Single contoured aluminum frame bar can be adjusted to fit the shape of your back. Molded foam back panel with Airflow channels to keep your back cool and dry. No matter what form your adventure takes, High Sierra Adventure This Way.


  • Made to allow airflow to keep back cool.
  • Thicker lining.
  • Very Durable.


  • This backpack is so awesome that it has no Cons!

1. Venture Pal Lightweight Durable Travel Hiking Backpack

This Venture Pal Backpack is made with high quality tear and water-resistant material, provides extra strength and long-lasting performance with the lightest weight possible.
The extra strength provided by the double-layer bottom piece makes it very convenient to carry more load on your hiking journeys. Heavy duty two-way SBS metal zippers across the
backpack are convenient to operation on whichever side you prefer. Longevity is further enhanced by bar-tacks at major stress points.


  • Lightweight/small great for short trips.
  • Great price for quality.
  • Perfect first backpack.
  • Many colors available.


  • Small bag only meant for short trips.
  • Thin liner, easier to tear than most.
  • Zipper can get stuck.

Written by
Kolby Priebe
Ideal Camping Gear




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