Top Backpacks for Multi-Day Hikes

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Arc’teryx, Gregory, Marmot, Osprey. Top Backpacks for Multi-Day Hikes

Choosing a backpack is always a bit tricky, especially when you leave for a long time and you plan to put away your whole life. Are you the kind of person to be afraid of missing something on a trip? Are you the type to repack your bag countless times in order to fit as many items as possible? However, to avoid having to take breaks at any time or to have knees that ask for grace after a few steps, you have to travel light. Before leaving, do not forget to think about comfort, weight and practicality!

Discover our selection of large volume backpacks, perfect for adventures of more than one day in the heart of nature.

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35 to 45 Liter Backpacks

What better way to end your work week on a Friday night than to leave for a weekend of camping? To fully enjoy nature during your escapade, choose one of these 35-45L bags, perfect for light hikes of one or two days.

Osprey Manta AG 36

When you’re an adventurer spending countless hours in the mountains, you want a backpack that’s built for life on the trail like the Manta AG 36. Equipped with Osprey’s Anti-Gravity™ suspension system, your load weight is evenly distributed providing a comfortable carry even after extended hours on the trail. An integrated and removable raincover provides protection from unsuspecting showers and ensures you arrive at your destination with dry gear and snacks. Whether you’re headed for an epic day hike from sun up to sun down or a lightweight single night in the woods, the Manta AG 36 is sure to exceed your expectations.

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Gregory Zulu 40L

Solid and durable, Gregory’s Zulu is no less lightweight. Perfect for multi-day drips of a few days, the bag is designed to allow your back to breathe while you’re working. The part covering the lumbar region is made of reinforced foam in order to reduce any discomfort while wearing the backpack.

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Arc’teryx Brize 32L

Arc’teryx is known for more than just their great outerwear products. Here’s their Brize 32L backpack, designed for extended day hikes or daily use, this backpack is stuffed full of great features. From its Aeroform ventilated back to the drawstring access and 4 side compression straps, you can strap on and secure all the gear you need for your daily adventure both on and off the trail. Heading into the mountains for a weekend of fun? Two side pockets can easily carry a 1-litre water bottle or trekking poles. If you’re setting out for a long day of hiking, the Brize is hydration bladder compatible and easily keeps you hydrated while you explore new views.

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45 to 55 Liter Backpacks

You’ve got your backpack on your back ready to leave for a longer hike although without being totally isolated. Perhaps you will stay in yurts or hostels, for example. Depending on the season and the equipment you plan to carry, choose a bag of 45 to 55 liters in volume.

Osprey Kyte 46 & Atmos AG 50

Kyte 46

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Kyte 46

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Atmos AG 50

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Atmos AG 50

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Osprey always offers very interesting bags and well adapted to hiking. The Kyte 46 and the Atmos AG 50 are both good choices for multi-day trips. Comfortable and easily adjustable, they each offer a lot of storage space.

Gregory Jade 53L

The Jade backpack is the perfect balance between a trekking backpack and a daypack so if you’re looking for just one that can do double duties, this one’s your winner. From overnighters in the backcountry to multi-day adventures around the globe, with the CrossFlo suspension, you’re ready for any adventure long or short. A front stretch-woven stuff pocket conveniently holds an emergency jacket, sandals, map or raincoat. Stretch mesh side pockets hold snacks and water bottles for fuel on the go and dual zippered hip-belt pockets keep small necessities like chapstick, compasses or whistler only a zip away. Say hello to your new travel companion, Jade will never question your socks and sandals choice.

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Marmot Graviton 48L

If you’re the type of person to pack and unpack your pack six times before hitting the trail because the items you need are not easily accessible on the top, you need this pack. The Graviton 48L backpack has a wrap around zipper with multiple sliders allowing you to access the main compartment from multiple points. This saves time so you can spend more time enjoying the views from the trail and less time swimming through your bag. Additional great features include a padded waist belt, adjustable side and bottom compression straps and Airflow Suspension. Hit the trails with comfort and ease with the Graviton 48L. 

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bora backpack

55 Liters & More

The adventure calls you and you plan to leave for a long time away from civilization. During the journey, your bag will be your best friend, so choose a model with plenty of room and in which you will be the most comfortable. There are a lot of choices, some bags with a capacity of 100 liters! It is true that we do not want to forget anything, but we have to be able to carry the equipment, so don’t pack too heavy.

Osprey Aether 60 AG

Suitable for long expeditions and mountaineering, the Osprey Aether 60 AG is designed to comfortably transport technical equipment. It has many compression straps as well as loops and compartments to carry your gear. In its category, the Aether is a particularly popular bag.

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Arc’teryx Bora AR

bora 46 backpack

Bora AR 49L

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bora ar 50

Bora AR 50L

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bora ar 61

Bora AR 61L

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bora ar 63

Bora AR 63L

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The Arc’teryx Bora AR adapts perfectly to your body movements thanks to a swivel belt and adjustable shoulder straps. This helps reduce irritations and increase the balance to make the journey comfortable even with a lot of weight on the back. Made of durable and water resistant materials, the Bora is a good companion for your long excursions.

Gregory Baltoro 75L

Despite its large volume capacity, the Gregory Baltoro 75L adapts well to the type of terrain traveled and will not hamper your movements as you walk the trails. The bag also has a belt and interchangeable shoulder straps to adjust to the morphology of the wearer.

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Osprey Xenith 88

For memorable hikes away from the beaten track, you can count on Osprey’s Xenith 88. In addition to offering exceptional carrying capacity, this bag has multiple storage pockets, as well as straps designed to carry the equipment needed during your adventure.

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For more tips and information on the subject, you can also consult our guide How to choose your travel backpack.

 

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