Hardworking backpacks for any outdoor scenario

Pack for your situation.

Guy on a mountain wearing a backpack
Room for everything.Lucas Favre via Unsplash

A backpacking pack is great for the backcountry, but overkill for a dayhike. A duffle might be perfect for flying, but no one wants to lug it any farther than necessary. You plan your gear around your activity. But the bag you fit that gear into is just as important as the gear itself. Don’t be caught unprepared.

Badlands 2200 Camouflage Hunting Pack and Meat Hauler
Fit for adventure.Amazon

This pack for hunters is the perfect solution to debates over taking a pack for your gear or taking a frame for your animal. Instead of debating, buy this and take it all. It has a built-in meat shelf, scope, and tripod pockets, holster for your pistol, and a zippered rear entry for quick access. The waterproof fabric suppresses scent and resists dirt, moisture, and blood. The camo is perfect for most outdoor situations. The best part is it comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty, which means no matter what happens to the pack, even if it’s your fault, they fix it for free.

Osprey Packs Talon 22 Hiking Backpack
Go light, but carry the essentials.Amazon

If you don’t need a big pack for that hike to the lake, day on the river, or even picnic in the woods, don’t bring one. This pack is all you need for a day outside and nothing more. It has an adjustable shoulder harness, waist, and chest straps along with stretch mesh pockets on both sides for storing bottles and small items. The external hydration sleeve accommodates up to a 3-liter water bladder.

Granite Gear Blaze 60L Backpack
Take more gear, less pack.Amazon

This backpack holds up to 50 pounds with dual density shoulder harness and load-lifter straps. The removable lid compartment converts to an optional chest pack, and it includes a hydration port and internal hydration sleeve. Most importantly, carry everything you need in comfort with a light frame and molded foam back panel that fits your torso.

Patagonia Black Hole 55L Duffel Bag Black
A bag that looks as good as it works.Amazon

This Patagonia bag looks slick but doesn’t skimp on function. It carries everything you need for a long weekend or extended trip. Expect careful craftmanship with 100 percent recycled body fabric, lining, and webbing you can feel good about. Whether you’re traveling for work or to the river, this bag is what you need.