As a traveler, choosing the right travel backpack will be one of the most important gear decisions you’ll make. The right backpack should keep you comfortable and well ventilated, have adjustable straps to correctly place the load, be spacious with well thought out compartments, and be durable so that you can leave the sewing kit at home and head out on your adventure with peace of mind.
Taking these attributes into account, we’ve put together a list of the best travel backpacks on the market, with every need and budget accounted for.
The Best Travel Backpacks in 2019 (For Every Budget)
Osprey Farpoint 70
A frontrunner in the backpack-manufacturing industry, Osprey is known for their high quality bags that prioritize comfort and utilization. The Farpoint 70 has a LightWire frame suspension system that will transfer the load from your shoulders to your hips, a back panel ventilation system, lockable zippers, a detachable daypack, and internal compressions straps. Another key feature of the Farpoint is that it is front loading, meaning you can get to the main compartment without having to dig through your pack via the top.
While Osprey’s bags are on the pricier side, if you’re looking for a backpack that will last you years and keep you comfortable, this is definitely a recommended option.
Osprey Aura 50 L
One of the top-rated women’s travel backpacks, the Osprey Aura 50 features anti-gravity suspension technology to provide top-notch comfort and ventilation, has a unique shape that contours to the body, and features a removable floating lid.
The pack also features an additional front mesh pocket for added storage, trekking pole attachments, sleeping bag loops, and an easy to reach safety whistle.
Kelty Redwing 50
Built with the traveler in mind, the Kelty Redwing 50 is a highly rated mid-budget option that has a U-zipper design for top or panel loading, features to keep the load stable and well distributed, and a hydration pocket.
Whether you’re headed into the backcountry or on a city-hopping trip, the Kelty Redwing has features for you.
Deuter Aircontact Lite 50L+10
A super versatile pack, the Deuter Aircontact Lite is a lightweight option that features maximum ventilation and a focus on comfort. The ergonomic comfort hip foam pads give wearers a customizable fit, and the hip belts are easy to adjust to accommodate various loads.
The pack also has an extendable 10L collar for volume expansion, hiking pole attachment loops, compression straps, and a separate zippered bottom compartment.
Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45L or 65L
A backpack (and brand) with security in mind, the Pacsafe Venturesafe comes in either 45L or 65L and features interlocking zippers and stainless steel cables, slashproof stainless steel wire mesh woven into the fabric, and a Roobar Locking System.
Additionally, the pack has padded shoulder and waist straps, features an ergonomic aluminum frame, has spacious compartments for easy organizing, and an adjustable harness.
The North Face Terra 65L
Featuring a slim, light design, the North Face Terra backpack prioritizes comfort and load control, with the OPTIFIT harness system, that personalizes the fit between the pack and your body, being the key feature.
The pack also has an excellent ventilation system, side entry to the main compartments, and easy access pockets.
Osprey Kestrel 48L
Another great Osprey option, the Kestrel 48 is the perfect pack for multi-day treks. The pack features a zippered sleeping bag compartment, external sleeping pad straps, a suspension system for long-lasting comfort, main compartment side-zip access, an external hydration sleeve, and trekking pole attachments.
The pack also features an integrated rain cover, so you can keep your belongings safe and dry when exposed to the elements.
TETON Sports Scout 3400
One of the more budget-friendly options on the market, the TETON Sports Scout 3400 is a highly adjustable pack that features multi-position torso adjustment options, foam lumbar pads, and padded waist and shoulder straps. The adjustability of the pack makes it great for all sizes.
The pack also features a built-in rain cover, gear loops, and side and front compression straps.
Mountaintop 55L or 65L
Another very budget-friendly option, the Mountaintop 55/65 is a highly-rated pack featuring a 5L extension collar, water-resistant fabric, a rain cover, a sternum strap with emergency whistle attachment, a front sleeping bag compartment, and a torso length adjustment.
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