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Best Backpack Buying Guide

Looking to buy the best backpack? Check out our guide below and you’ll be well-placed to select the correct one for your needs.

Whether you want to go deep into the wilderness or just need a functional backpack for regular use, the large quantity of options on the market might make finding the ideal backpack for the job challenging.

But keep in mind that when it comes to backpacks, one size does not fit all.
Just as you wouldn’t need a large bag for your everyday commute, don’t assume that every bag will be comfortable for everyone.

How do you pick the right backpack for you?

What size am I looking for?

Backpacks are classified by the number of litres they can hold.
A daysack holds 15 to 30 litres, a mid-sized backpack has 30 to 50 litres, and a multi-day backpacking bag holds 50 litres or more.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who travels overseas every weekend, you’ll probably want one of each size, but if you’re only going to buy one, consider where and when you’ll use your new backpack.

Daysacks are perfect for the everyday commute, as well as walking and other activities where weight isn’t an issue, such as running and cycling.

Mid-sized backpacks are ideal for backpackers and travellers who need to transport clothing, as well as sports that require a lot of equipment, such as climbing.

Larger backpacks are appropriate for multi-day hikers who are carrying their entire existence on their backs, which normally includes a tent and a sleeping bag.
XX+XX litres is a common capacity designation for larger packs.

This indicates that the space is divided into two compartments or that the bag has a detachable little rucksack.

What characteristics should I be on the lookout for?

Purchasing a backpack for daily use:

A laptop sleeve, as well as plenty of pockets for storing your phone, keys, and other valuables in easy reach, will likely be among the things you’ll want to search for.

It’s a good idea to choose a bag with deep water-bottle pockets on the sides, but if you’re going to be jogging or cycling, you might want to consider one that allows you to use a hydration system.

Getting ready to venture into the vast outdoors:

If you’re going to be walking, running, or cycling, you should consider getting a weatherproof model.

Regrettably, most rucksacks aren’t completely waterproof; instead, they’re labelled as showerproof or water-resistant.

This implies that their exterior shell will withstand a shower, however more severe weather could turn your stuff into a soggy mess.

If you don’t want to go for a waterproof bag, look for one with an integrated rain cover that you can use in a storm.

How do you get to your storage:

Top-loading backpacks (with an opening at the top, generally covered by a flap) are more water-tight and ideal for trekking; front-loading backpacks (with a zip on the front) are easier to store and remove items and are ideal for travel.

Choose a bag that is appropriate for you:

It’s a good idea to test on bags in person to ensure that they fit correctly.
If you’re travelling long distances, padded, breathable mesh straps for your shoulders, hips, and chest are an essential, and larger bags sometimes have built-in metal or plastic frames to disperse the burden against your back.

Compression straps can also be used to condense your burden by cinching it down.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Trespass Albus Casual Backpack For Men & Women, Ash/Grey, 30 Litre
  • Made from durable polyester ripstop
  • Multi-function and adjustable backpack
  • Three zip sections on the front
  • Side mesh pocket for water bottle and internal key ring
  • Suitable for hikes, backpacking trips and daily commute to work
Bestseller No. 2
MAXTOP 30L Backpack Ultra Lightweight Packable Foldable Rucksack Water Resistent For Men Women Kids Outdoor Camping Hiking Travel Daypack Handy Durable Gifts For Men Wome
  • ▶ Large Capacity & Organized(30 liters, 13 pockets) - 30L of storage rucksack and more than 10 pockets,no problem fitting everything inside this roomy foldable travel backpack.One main compartment with two spacious section to hold you clothes, and travel gears organized. 3 front pockets with additional pockets inside are great for quick access such as camera, pens, guidebooks.Moreover, there are two mesh pockets to keep bottles or umbrella.
  • ▶ Water-resistant And Durable Backpack - This MAXTOP light-weight backpack is made from high quality tear and water-resistant nylon fabric, which provides strength and long-lasting performance, with minimal weight. Stress points are reinforced with bar tacking for increased longevity. We use durable 2-way Abrasion Resistant SBS Metal Zippers across the backpack,don't worry about zippers that catch onto flaps.
  • ▶ Comfortable & Outdoor Companion - Designed with comfort and function in mind.Breathable mesh shoulder straps help relieve the stress from your shoulder. The length of the shoulder straps is adjustable. Adjustable chest strap with a WHISTLE buckle help you lock your backpack in place securel and send a message for help.Reflective strip on the backpack make it a terrific companion for both day trip and night outdoor adventures.
  • ▶ Ultra Lightweight Backpack And Compact (0.78pounds) - Weighing less than a pound,the portability of this pakable daypack is unrivaled.When not in use,just fold the backpack into its own zip front pocket for easy compact storage.(no more excess baggage fees),and unfold from pocket to backpack within just 10 seconds when you reach your destination.One of the best mens and womens daypacks on the market.
  • ▶ Versatile & Accessible - Come in black blue grey,having a volume of 30L and spacious compartments,ideal comfort for day-to-day use or day trips, vacation, travel, day hikes, school, camping and shopping, and perfect gift for men women on Christmas Day Valentine’s Day, Fathers Day, Birthday or any other special occasion.Additionally, we promise - LIFE TIME WARRANTY - exchange, return, whatever it takes.
SaleBestseller No. 3
MATEIN Travel Laptop Backpack, Work Bag Lightweight Laptop Bag with USB Charging Port, Anti Theft Business Backpack, Water Resistant School Rucksack Gifts for Men and Women, Fits 15.6 Inch Laptop-Grey
  • ✈Multiple Compartments: Padded laptop sleeve of this laptop backpack, hold laptop under 15.6inch, compatible with Surface Book/ Chrome book/ Macbookpro (HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, alienware etc.) Laptop compartment dimension: 16 X 10 X 2 inches. (Gaming Laptop NOT Recommend) Spacious main compartment of this laptop rucksack, suitable for books, clothes and other daily necessities; front compartment with keyfob hook and plenty separation pockets, helps youeasy to organize things.
  • ✈Practical: Lockable zipper in the main compartment, hidden anti-theft pocket on the back of this anti theft backpack, protect your items from thieves. Unique gifts for men, and large 17.3 inch style ones for more choices.
  • ✈USB Port Design: With builtin USB charger outside and builtin charging cable inside, offers a more easier way to charge your phone while walking or cycling.
  • ✈Superior Breathable Material: Laptop backpack 15.6inch, made of durable polyester fabric with smooth metal zippers. Breathable sponge mesh of the backand straps, relieves the stress of your shoulder.
  • ✈Perfect Travel Companion: Laptop bag with luggage belt let you pull suitcase with one hand, great for university, occasional travel, work, business trip.
Bestseller No. 4
Travel Laptop Backpack Water Resistant Anti-Theft Bag with USB Charging Port and Lock 14/15.6 Inch Computer Business Backpacks for Women Men College School Student Gift,Bookbag Casual Hiking Daypack
  • 【LIFE-TIME QUALITY ASSURANCE】 Life-time quality assurance from Tzowla and friendly 24 hours customer service.Please be kindly noted that the Laptop Backpacks Only Sold by TzowlaDirect are the Tzowla Authentic Backpacks. The Backpacks are Fulfillment by Amazon. We are not responsible for Tzowla backpacks sold by other sellers except by TzowlaDirect.
  • 【CONVENIENT USB&HEADSET PORT DESIGN】 USB interface with built-in cable design, great convenience for charging your electronic devices via connecting your own power bank. And the headphone interface frees your hands when enjoying audios, music, etc.
  • 【ANTI-THEFT DESIGN】 With Fixed Password Lock and Durable Metal Zippers, it is safe guaranteed for protecting your valuable items inside. No need to worry theft easily opening your backpack when you are travelling or lining up.
  • 【MULTIPURPOSE BACKPACK】 High quality Polyester Fabric Material & Practical luggage Strap design & Comfortable Widen Padded Shoulder Strap & Built-in Key Ring design, fits for daily use at school, college, business and travel, suitable for women, men and students.
  • 【LARGE CAPACITY】 External dimensions: 19.29x 11.8 x 5.43 inch. Multiple divider pockets, easy for holding 15.6 Inches laptop, water bottle, readers and a bunch of other items, iPad, journal, pens and pencils, iPhone.
Bestseller No. 5
Laptop Backpack, Anti-Theft Business Travel Work Computer Rucksack with USB Charging Port, Large Lightweight College High School Bag for Boy Men Women (15.6inch)
  • LARGE SPACE & ORGANIZER: 12.4 x 7.5 x 18.9 inch (L*W*H); Capacity: 30L. 1 PADDED LAPTOP COMPARTMENT holds up to a 15.6-inch Laptop and iPad. A SPACIOUS MAIN COMPARTMENT with room for books, binders, folders, clothes, lunch box, and other daily necessities. A MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPARTMENT with several pockets, pen pockets, and a key fob hook organizes your items and makes them easier to find.
  • ANTI-THEFT & PRACTICAL: There's a lock shackle hidden inside the side pocket, connect the upper pull head of the main pocket with the lock shackle, and thieves will be unable to easily open your backpack without you noticing. A small anti-theft pocket located on the lower back keeps your passport, wallet, phone, and other valuable items safe and handy. A luggage strap can be inserted and fixed to the handle of a trolley or suitcase, making it convenient to carry.
  • USB PORT: This USB backpack is more convenient for charging your phone. Connect your own power bank to the internal cable inside the backpack, then plug your phone's own charging cable into the outside USB port to charge your phone. Please note that you will need to have your own power bank. You can also listen to your favourite music using the hands-free headphone hole.
  • COMFY & BREATHABLE: Comfortable airflow foam pad back design with thick, but soft, multi-panel ventilated breathable mesh padding gives you the maximum back support. Breathable and adjustable shoulder straps relieve the pressure on your shoulders and make you feel as if you had 20%-25% less weight. A foam-padded top handle ensures that it is comfortable and easy to carry on long journeys.
  • SUPERIOR MATERIAL: Made of black knitted fabric composite material with smooth, high-quality zippers and reinforced stitching for lasting durability. It will serve you well as a office business work backpack, outdoor travel rucksack, or college/high school bag.
SaleBestseller No. 6
QINOL Travel Laptop Backpack Anti-Theft Business Work Backpacks Bag With Usb Charging Port, Durable Water Resistant 15.6 Inch College School Computer Rucksack for Men Women
  • Large Capacity & Multi-pocket: Duo-bag,one has 2 pockets for laptop(under 17 inch) and pad(15.5 inch), inner shockproof belt for fastening your laptop and Pad, preventing them from sliding and bumping. One has 2 elastic mesh pockets and open pocket for daily stuffs. Hold your belongs organized and easier to find.
  • USB Hub: Removable USB charging line, connect power bank and electronic devices while walking. Please note that this backpack doesn't power itself, USB charging port only offers an easy access to charge. When clean backpack, remove the USB charging line.
  • Comfy & Breathable: Adjustable shoulder straps and breathable sponge mesh design, reduces stress. Foam-padded top handle for a long time carry on.
  • Water-proof: Waterproof and durable Nylon fabric with metal zippers. Ultra-weight and sturdy, ensure a secure & long-lasting use daily. Perfect for weekend getaways, shopping, office work, business traveling and other outdoor activities. Also, it is a perfect student’s backpack for women, men, teens, boys and girls.
  • Anti-theft: can be attached to the suitcase, over the luggage upright handle tube for easier carrying. A zipped anti-theft pocket located on the lower back keeps your phone, wallet, passport, and other valuable items safe and handy.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Berghaus Twenty4Seven Plus Backpack 20 Litre, Comfortable Fit, Durable Design, Rucksack for Men and Women, Black
  • SMART SPACE: Featuring an inner sleeve big enough for a laptop and zippered pockets for all your gear and gadgets, the Twenty4Seven+ 20 Litre Backpack makes smart use of its compact size making this bag a favourite for travel, school, or outdoor use
  • BREATHE EASY: Thanks to the extra breathable, vented- foam Flowback system, you can save breaking a sweat for the gym or the trail and let your skin breathe. There are even attachment points for walking poles to make your life just a little easier
  • INTERACTIVE DESIGN: A height-adjustable chest strap makes sure you get the right fit and, as the pack is compatible with hydration systems, you can stay refreshed all day long
  • PRACTICAL EXTRAS: This year-round essential is made from durable polyester fabric that stays smart and scuff-free time and time again no matter the weather or wear
  • OUTSTANDING INNOVATION: Since our founding in 1966, Berghaus, "Mountain House" in German, has been committed to making proper gear. Today, we're still the world’s leading outdoor brand for quality, long-lasting products. Some things will never change
Bestseller No. 8
Laptop Backpack,Extra Large Anti-Theft Business Travel Laptop Backpack Bag with USB Charging Port (Black 17 inch)
  • ✈LARGE CAPACITY - Men travel backpack owns 20+ Independent pockets for large storage and organization for small items. 3 spacious main multi compartments with many hidden pockets can accommodate lots of stuffs like college supplies, travel accessories, clothes, stationery, notebook, Side deep ZIPPER POCKET for easy access essentials, Side elastic net pockets conveniently hold travel gear umbrellas or water bottles.Ideal book bag backpack for high school boys perfectly.
  • ✈DIMENSION & DURABLE MATERIAL - Size of extra large college backpack: 12.6 *7.8*19.6(inches), Capacity:45L,separate padded laptop compartment fits most 13, 14, 15, 15.6, 16, 17, and up to 17.3 inch laptop/Ipad/Computer.Laptop backpack/computers for boys and girls, teens, adults, women, men and teacher.The business computer backpack made from high quality polyester fabric shockproof with high density nylon lining for better TEAR & WATER RESISTANT and heavy duty backpack.
  • ✈Anti-theft & SAFE - Included a THEFT PROOF COMBINATION LOCK & DURABLE MENTAL ZIPPERS,protects wallet and other items inside from thief and offers a private space.
  • ✈USB CHARGING PORT & NIGHT LIGHT REFLECTIVE - With built in USB charger outside and built in charging cable inside,this usb backpack offers you a more convenient way to charge your phone while walking. Please noted that this backpack doesn't include the power bank itself, usb charging port only offers an easy access to charge.NIGHT LIGHT REFLECTIVE design on the front of the backpack will keep all the users safe when use the backpack in the night or dark area.
  • ✈BREATHABLE & COMFORTABLE - Padded and breathable mesh back panel of this computer rucksack design help for the air convection, ventilation and heat elimination. Comfortable wide breathable mesh shoulder straps with plentiful sponge pad help relieve the stress from your shoulder. Both sides of the shoulder strap with lanyard design, can hang sunglasses and other small pendants.Premium bookbags for men also school backpack for teen boys. And it is a Ideal gifts for men women.
SaleBestseller No. 9
  • One large main compartment
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Front pocket with organizer
  • YKK zippers
SaleBestseller No. 10
G4Free 40L Rucksack Military Tactical Backpack Large Army Assault Pack Molle Bug Out Daypack for Outdoor Hiking Camping Trekking Hunting
  • 【DURABLE & COMFORTABLE】Made of 1000D polyester fabric, high density, durable and water resistant. Designed with double stitching, wear-resistant and heavy duty 2-way zippers, and utility-style cord pulls, side and front load compression system. Backpack with ventilated shoulder straps and back, thick mesh padding, an adjustable waist belt and a high chest strap allows breathable and comfortable, making lightweight load. When riding a bike, the military tactical backpack is not easy to fall off.
  • 【LARGE CAPACITY】 Size: 11.8 x 11 x 18.9 inch / 30 x 28 x 48 CM (L x W x H), capacity: 40L, weighs only 1.25kg. This military tactical backpack can be used as a 3 day assault pack, travel camping backpack, molle backpack, bug out bag backpack, range bag, combat backpack, emergency backpack, army backpack, survival backpack, hunting backpack, fishing backpack, hiking backpack or trekking backpack. It is a multifunctional functional backpack suitable for outdoor activities for both men and women.
  • 【MOLLE SYSTEM】 The outdoor molle backpack features several molle webbing on the front and side for attaching additional tactical pouches or outdoor gear to expand space. Two D-rings on shoulder straps can hang hunting accessories. And the straps at the bottom can be used to hold a tent, sleeping pad or roll-up mattress.
  • 【HUMANIZED DESIGN】Comes with a flag patch. Magic sticker straps on the front allow any patch attached. Our Military backpack is hydration compatible which can hold 3L hydration bladder (hydration bladder NOT INCLUDED). On the top of the straps, there are elastic bands used as holders to fix the bladder hose, it works great. More suitable for this hot summer when you go out! A good hydration backpack or outdoor camping hiking backpack.
  • 【MUTIFUNCTIONAL】Includes 2 main compartments, 2 front two-way zippered closure pockets, multiple inner pockets and compartments, a large anti-theft pocket on the back,can hold a hydration bladder (hydration bladder NOT INCLUDED). This molle assault backpack can accommodate a 17 inch laptop, books, clothes, etc. A great gift to be presented to family and friends. The rucksack is good for backpackers, hikers, travelers, etc.

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