25 Hiking Backpacks

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Hiking Backpacks For a Multitude of Situations

When hiking, it is essential to have a good backpack. A hiking backpack should be sturdy and help the wearer bear heavy loads, all while having good storage capacity and being lightweight. Plus, it should provide the wearer with quick access to gear and the correct number of pockets for good organization.

Here at J & D Outdoors Backcountry, we personally use multiple of the hiking packs on this list. I received a pack extremely similar to Number 1 on this list and I could not imagine using a different hiking backpack. The rifle carry pouch is extremely helpful and coupled with the compression straps on the front do very well at securing the rifle safely onto the pack. The side zip-up pouches are plenty big to hold at least two 16-ounce bottles of water. And on top of all that, the waist belt includes two separate built-in pistol holders.


1. Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Backpack

Badlands 2200 Camouflauge Hunting Pack

This badlands hiking backpack is an excellent all-around hunting pack. It contains rifle, bow, and pistol holders. Since it has 8 pockets and straps, it will carry a heavy load with ease. It even has a dedicated spotting scope pocket.

2.Badlands Tree Stand Pack Camouflage Hunting Backpack


This hiking backpack is specifically designed to hang well in a tree stand. The foldout design allows for great organization and quick access. This Badlands Pack is also hydration bladder compatible.

3. Timber Hawk Buck Scrape Backpack

The Timber Hawk Buck Scrape has a soft exterior and interior cloth composition for quiet movement. It has roomy compartments and well designed pockets for the convenience of the wearer. Therefore, this is one of the top daypack options out there.

4. ALPS OutdoorZ Ranger

ALPS OutdoorZ Ranger, Realtree Xtra

The ALPS OutddorZ Ranger backpack is a cheaper bestselling backpack option that still proves extremely durable and functional. It has padded shoulder straps for comfort and only weighs 1.1 pounds.

5. Badlands Kali Day Pack

Badlands Kali Day Pack (Realtree AP Xtra, 22 x 14 x 8-Inch)

This daypack is specifically designed for all you women adventurers out there! The Kali daypack has a uniquely shaped waist belt and shoulder straps with a shorter torso length; the pack’s unique design allows all the space and functionality of other badland packs while providing the comfort and support for women.


If you cannot tell by now, Badlands is one of J&D Outdoors favorite backpack brands. The short descriptions of the Badlands backpacks given above to not give justice to how awesome they are. They are all made with high quality KXO-32TM fabric that makes for a strong, waterproof, quiet backpack. They have high quality zippers/stitching, and they are designed to take the weight off your back and place it on your hips for ease in carrying heavy loads. Most of them are hydration system capable, and come covered by the Badlands Warranty: “We will fix it free forever. We don’t care if you bought it at a second-hand store and if we can’t fix it, we will replace it.”


6. Allen Timber Raider Daypack

Allen Timber Raider Daypack, Next G2 Camo

This is another first-class cheaper backpack that provides everything needed in a good daypack. It contains 2 large zipper pockets, 2 water bottle pouches and a hydration bladder area. J & D Outdoors also use a hiking backpack very similar to this on a regular basis. This backpack is definitely recommended for anyone looking for a cheaper but still awesome daypack.

7. 2-in-1 Big Game Pack

2-in-1 Big Game Pack

This 2-in-1 hiking backpack is an exceptional choice for you big game hunters out there. It  has the main backpack area, or if you want to go lighter you can detach the top part and just have a fanny-pack to wear.

8. In Sights Mossy Oak Break Up Country Multi Weapon Pack

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For you bow-hunters out there, this pack would be an attractive purchase. It is an excellent pack for carrying your bow comfortably and securely.

9. Tenzing TZ 4000 Hunting BackpackTenzing TZ 4000 Hunting Backpack

When it comes to hunting packs, you cannot go wrong with this one. It is extremely durable and comfortable, it has a channeled, air cooled back pad, and can carry your gun/bow. On top of all that it has a foldout rain cover.

10. Badlands Point Hunting Backpack

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This is another one for you hunters. It has the rifle/bow carry capability, is hydration bladder compatible, and is waterproof. This pack is composed of extremely lightweight, quiet, yet strong material.

11. Timber Hawk Killshot Backpack

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The Timber Hawk Killshot is a polyester backpack that comes with a 2 liter reversible hydrapak bladder and insulated hose. It carries a rifle, bow, or tripod, and the pack is lined with an ultra-quiet, durable twill fabric.

12. ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit

ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit, Realtree Xtra

The ALPS OutdoorZ Pursuit pack is an excellent pack for organizing and having easy access to your gear. It has a drop down pocket to carry a gun or bow securely, along with a quiver holder on each side.


Now that we’ve seen a lot of backpacks focusing on hunting, it is time to get into some backpacks that are great for small hikes/walks, running, biking, and other outdoor activities.


13. Teton Sports Oasis 1200 Hydration Backpack

TETON Sports Oasis 1200 3 Liter Hydration Backpack Perfect for Biking, Hiking, Climbing, and Hunting; Blue/Grey

This 3 Liter hydration hiking backpack is excellent for those hot days when you need a lot of water. It’s lightweight and loaded with features; it has a large pocket for all your gear, a chest shock absorber, and half inch thick mesh covered pads.

14. Eberlestock Transformer Backpack, Dry Earth

Eberlestock Transformer Backpack, Dry Earth

This transformer pack from Eberlestock has an extraordinary main frame with 6 compression straps on the side for holding any gear needed. On top of the side compression straps, this backpack has compression straps on the front.

15. Mossy Oak Silver Leaf 2 Day BackPack

Mossy Oak Silver Leaf 2 Day Pack, 20.5 x 12.5 x 8, Mossy Oak Infinity

This backpack is for those of you looking for an sturdy, cheaper pack for those long day or two day hikes. It has a large front pocket, a cell phone/glasses pocket, 2 water bottle pockets, and compression straps. This pack will easily carry all your equipment needs.

16.Allen Company 19099 Pagosa Daypack

Allen Company 19099 Pagosa Daypack, Realtree Xtra, 1800 Cubic Inches

This is a top of the line daypack. It has plenty of space for a long day hike, and is extremely durable even after long hard usage.

17. PioneerHiker Lightweight Water-resistant Small Backpack

PioneerHiker 25L Lightweight Water-resistant Small Hiking Daypack Backpack for Outdoor Hiking Cycling School Camping Sports Travel Black

The PioneerHiker is also an excellent cheaper backpack option. It is made of water resistant nylon, and has compression straps for any gear you need. This pack has two front pockets, two waist pockets, and a separate area in the main compartment for organizing items.

18. Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult Stowaway Backpack

Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult Stowaway 20L Packable Pack, Capers ONESZE

The Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult stowaway may well be one of the cheapest packs on this list, but do not look past this pack. It’s made of 100% polyester but has a StormRepel finish over it to repel moisture before it enters the fabric. It has two exterior zip pockets, four d-rings for attaching gear, and two side mesh pockets.

19. Osprey Packs Talon 11 Backpack

Osprey Packs Talon 11 Backpack 2016 Model, Avatar Blue, Medium/Large

This osprey talon 11  is made of Nylon has 3 exterior pockets. It is a small to medium backpack size, so it’s perfect for those quick walks and hikes where not a lot of gear is needed.

20. PioneerHiker Water Resistant Hiking Backpack

PioneerHiker 50L+5L Water Resistant Hiking Backpack Daypack for Camping Mountaineering Outdoor Travel Climbing Green

This is an outstanding large pack for camping, hunting, or even mountaineering. It has a 50L capacity with adjustable straps for hanging a moisture-proof mat, one top pocket, and a main compartment with a separate space for organizing smaller item gear.

21.Military Tactical Assault Backpack Army Molle Bug Out Bag

Military Tactical Assault Pack Backpack Army Molle Bug Out Bag Backpacks Small Rucksack for Outdoor Hiking Camping Trekking Hunting Small Black

This military pack proves itself to be an outstanding day or overnight-pack. It has double stitching, heavy-duty zippers, compression systems, and even a padded comfort back support.

22.Seibertron Falcon Water Repellent Backpack

Seibertron Falcon Water Repellent Hiking Camping Backpack Compact Pack Summit Bag (Black 37L)

The Seibertron Falcon pack is a top-notch daypack. It has nice thick fabric,  high quality zippers, and paracord pulls. It has a good carry capacity, while still being small and portable.

23. Free Knight Packable Handy Lightweight Backpack

Free Knight 25L Packable Handy Lightweight Travel Backpack Daypack (New Blue)

This 25L lightweight travel backpack is good for a multitude of situations. It can fold into a zippered pocket to be stowed anywhere, or can be unfolded into a backpack. It features a classic shape with several different pockets for storage and organization. Along with the three front pockets, it has two side pouches for water bottles, and it does not even weigh a pound.

24. Folding Bags Waterproof Nylon Durable Backpack

30L Folding Bags Waterproof Nylon Durable Backpack Daily Casual Black

This is a very versatile hiking pack for both students and hikers. It’s ultra-light and ultra-durable, and holds up to about 33 Liters. It has a highly rip and water resistant nylon fabric with reinforced bar tacking for increased longevity. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty-exchange or return.

25. The North Face Backpacks – The North Face Borealis Classic

The North Face Backpacks - The North Face Borealis Classic Backpack - Tnf Black/asphalt Grey

This North Face Backpack is good for you fashion people out there, because it comes in many different colors and styles. It is made of a mix of mesh, nylon, and polyester. It has a new suspension system design specifically for you women out there, build into it that provides extreme comfort for all day use.

Now if you are really serious about venturing into the backcountry, make sure to check out some of our other posts with more great content (linked below).