Best Backpack Brands – Reviews and Buying Guide

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Last updated: January 20th, 2018

Best Backpack Brands – Reviews and Buying Guide

Update - Updated January 2018

What are the best backpack brands in 2018? Buying a new backpack can be a difficult experience with so many different options available from a wide range of brands. How do you tell which brand will offer you a quality and affordable backpack? In this guide we have looked at a wide range of different brands and found what we believe to be the best backpack brands available to buy online. Most of the big backpack brands offer a wide range of choice when selecting a new pack, they offer backpacks for hiking, biking, running or just every day commuting. The brands we have chosen also offer these options which make them a perfect choice for your next backpack purchase.

What makes a good Backpack Brand?

We have looked at a wide range of factors that we believe make these brands better than some of the generic ones on the market.

Quality

The number one factor to look for in a backpack brand is quality, there is nothing worse than your new backpack breaking while you are travelling. Damage can occur to different parts of the backpack so it is vital that you buy a quality one from a well known brand.  You need to look at the reviews of the bags they are selling, are they well made? Do they have lots of returns? Do they use quality materials? Reading online reviews can sometime help you gauge what the quality of the brand is like but remember to look at a wide range of reviews to ensure you get subjective reviews.

Affordability

The price range is also an important consideration to make when selecting a new backpack. Sure some of the brands are extremely expensive which doesn’t always mean the best option. Look for a backpack brand that offers a wide range of models that suit your own budget.  You can pickup some quality backpacks online that are very affordable and offer fantastic build quality and value for money. On the other hand you can pay top dollar for a well know brand and have nothing but issues.

Backpack Range

What type of traveling you are doing will usually determine the type of backpack you require. If you are backpacking solo around the world then you need to pick a backpack brand that offers large packs. Other brands may be more suitable for hiking and more suited to the outdoors while some brands only make city commute backpacks.  A good backpack brand like those mentioned below will usually offer all of these type of backpacks in their range.

What are the Best Backpack Brands?


Using the factors mentioned above our team of experts has made a selection of the Best Backpack brands that are available in 2018. Based on our research buying a backpack from these brands will offer quality, affordability and a wide range of styles. The following are the Best Backpack brands.

The North Face Backpacks – Best Backpack Brand 2018

At Top 10 Travel we love the range of products offered by The North Face and their Backpack range is especially loved for the various styles available, the quality of each pack and the durability.

The North Face were founded in the USA in 1966 and offers a wide range of outdoor clothing and equipment including shirts, boots, pants and sleeping bags. The company was named for the North Face of a mountain which due to less sunlight is usually the coldest and hardest route to climb in the northern hemisphere. The North Face offers Backpacks in a wide range of styles, colors and sizes depending on the required functionality. They offer day to day backpacks as well as longer distance overnight and multi-day backpacks making them one of the Best Backpack Brands available.

Our Favorite The North Face Backpack
Some of the better options when looking for North Face backpacks are the North Face Borealis and the North Face Jester range. View our article on the best North Face backpacks.

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Fjällräven Backpacks

Fjällräven are an extremely popular outdoor brand founded in Sweden in 1960 and offer a wide range of pants, shirts and jackets for Men, Women and Kids as well as their range of bags.

The most popular backpack is the Fjällräven Kanken which is an extremely well made however quite basic backpack used for school and everyday traveling. The Kanken has sold millions of packs since it was introduced almost 40 years ago. Fjällräven also make a wide range of different styles of Backpacks including a great range of colors and sizes for different uses.

Our Favorite Fjällräven Backpack
Our favorite Fjällräven backpack has to be the Kanken which has been used for over 40 years and continues to offer excellent value and quality.
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Arcteryx Backpacks

Arcteryx is a well-known outdoor clothing company founded in Canada in 1989 by a group of climbers. The name and logo refers to one of the earliest known bird species Archaeopteryx. In 1993 the company launched the Bora backpack which features their revolutionary Vapor technology still used by the company today.
Arcteryx are probably best known for their mountaineering and climbing packs however they also make a wide range of hiking, backpacking and general commuter backpacks and duffel bags. The quality of the backpacks is exceptional however the pricing can be a little expensive for some of the models.

Our Favorite Arcteryx Backpack
Our favorite Arcteryx backpack is the Pender which is perfect for everyday travel.

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Osprey Backpacks

Osprey was founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1974 and for over 40 years have been offering a wide range of quality bags and packs. Like the Osprey hawk after who they are named these packs allow you to escape the city and head into the great outdoors.

The company offers a wide range of backpacks in different sizes and colors including the Aether AG 85 for long distance backpacking and mountaineering to the Osprey Packs Daylite Plus Daypack or everyday use. Osprey Backpacks are known for their extremely good quality and durability. The backpacks can be a little more expensive than some of the other backpack brands we list however they offer great value for money.

Our Favorite Osprey Backpack
Our favorite osprey backpack is the Osprey Packs Atmos AG 65 which offers anti gravity mesh shoulder straps and offers 62L of capacity.

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Deuter Sport Backpacks

The German company Deuter Sport was founded in 1898 and began to make quality military backpacks in 1910. In the 21st century Deuter fare known for producing a wide range of high quality Backpacks, Bags and sleeping bags.

The Deuter backpack range includes Trekking, Mountaineering, Climbing and Biking as well as everyday travel packs. They also make a range of great kids backpacks perfect for school as well as Baby Hiking Carriers making Deuter one of the Best Backpack Brands.

Our Favorite Deuter Sport Backpack
Our favorite Deuter Sport backpack is the fantastic Traveler 60+ which is perfect for any overnight or multi-day treks and is available in women’s and men’s

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JanSport Backpacks

JanSport was founded in 1967 are probably best known in the USA for their SuperBreak backpack which is available in over 30 different colors and patterns. The SuperBreak is an extremely popular urban bag and perfect for travel, work and school.
Jansport offer a wide range of different backpacks and also make a great range of duffels, totes and bags.

Our Favorite Jansport Backpack
Our favorite JanSport backpack is the Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack which is great for business travel offering durable wheels and fits a 15 inch backpack.


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Kelty Outdoor Equipment

Kelty in an American outdoor equipment company that was founded in 1952 in the garage of Dick Kelty while making handmade packs for his friends and family.
Kelty offer a range of quality and affordable Backpacks, Tents and Shelters as well as sleeping bags and other equipment. The backpack range includes internal framed and external frames packs, daypacks and military style tactical backpacks.

Our Favorite Kelty Backpack
Our favorite Kelty Backpack is the Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack which is perfect for travel, taking on the trail while also being big enough for overnight.

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Patagonia Backpacks

Patagonia is an outdoor clothing company founded in the USA in 1973 and named after the glorious region in South American shared by Argentina and Chile. This region is well known for its hiking and trekking trails. The company makes clothing and equipment for skiing, surfing, hiking, paddling and fishing. As they declare proudly in their mission statement these activities are all silent sports that share a connection between us and nature.

The Patagonia backpacks range from small packable daypacks up to multi day backpacks and everything in between. They also offer a range of duffel bags, laptop bags as well as technical packs.

Our Favorite Patagonia Backpack
We love the Patagonia Nine Trails Backpack which is design for trail running and other fast moving pursuits. This pack is lightweight, extremely durable and big enough to hold all your essential items while on the trail.

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Gregory Mountain Products Backpacks

Gregory Mountain Products is an American outdoor company founded in 1977 by Wayne Gregory who had made his first backpack at age 14 as part of a Boy Scout project.

Gregory Mountain Products manufacture a wide range of backpacks including daypacks, duffel bags and hydration packs. Their backpacks range from the multi-day 85 Litre Baltoro right down to their urban commute bags that are perfect for a wide range of activities.

Our Favorite Gregory Backpack
We love the Amber 60 Women’s Multi Day Hiking Backpack which is perfect for any women who plan on some longer distance backpacking. It offers an internal frame and ventilation making it extremely comfortable even when fully loaded.


Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Born in the UK and now living in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of Western China and also spent time in Europe. As a family they have traveled to the USA several times, Canada, Europe and China. Next Stop is Iceland in September 2018.

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