best backpack by brand

  • Overview
  • Osprey
  • Lowe Alpine
  • Gregory Baltoro
  • Eagle Creek


To help you know your third-rate backpack from your lifelong adventure companion, we thought we would talk you through some of our best backpack by brands and show you why we think they’re the best in the game. 


All of the following backpack brands design their products to last for a lifetime, and in case they don’t, they make sure they try to repair them instead of allowing you to replace them, fueling the capitalist machine and leaving those materials to waste. Read more >


Brand
Best Buy
Osprey
Lowe Alpine
Gregory Baltoro
Top Pick
Eagle Creek
Preview
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel & Trekking Rucksack, Volcanic Grey -  One Size (Medium/Large)
Lowe Alpine Air Zone Pro Backpack - 45 + 10 Litres, Black
Gregory Zulu 40 Backpack M blue 2017 outdoor daypack
Eagle Creek Gear Hauler Luggage, Asphalt Black
Product
Osprey Farpoint 40
Lowe Alpine Airzone Trek+
Gregory Zulu 40
Eagle Creek Gear Hauler
Star Rating
-
Pros
• Hip belt and harness easily stowed away • Lockable zippers • Padded top and side handles
• Comfortable harness with adjustable back length • Large mesh front pocket • Raincover provided • Hip belt pockets
• Superb harness • Custom shaped hip belt with pockets • Raincover included • Extra durable, ultralight materials.
• Lockable zips • Zip away backpack straps • Lightweight • Super resistant materials • Multiple pockets
Cons
Not many smaller pockets
Pack cover can be awkward to put on
No side mounted bottle holster.
Hide away strap a bit bulky
Volume
40 litres
35-45 litres
40 litres
48 litres
Weight
3 lbs
3.9 lbs
2.3 lbs
3 lbs
Access
Opens all the way around - like a small suitcase
Top, side & bottom
Top-loader, front U zip design for easy gear access.
Opens all the way around, like a small suitcase.
Carry On
Best For
Good backpack/luggage hybrid. Great for inter-railing, hostel hopping and weekend getaways.
Weekend away, hostel hoping, day trekking, interrailing, short to medium term travel
Weekend away, hostel hoping, day trekking, interrailing, short to medium term travel
Great for short to mid-term travel, inter-railing, hostel hopping and weekend getaways.
Best Buy
Brand
Osprey
Preview
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel & Trekking Rucksack, Volcanic Grey -  One Size (Medium/Large)
Product
Osprey Farpoint 40
Price
Star Rating
Pros
• Hip belt and harness easily stowed away • Lockable zippers • Padded top and side handles
Cons
Not many smaller pockets
Volume
40 litres
Weight
3 lbs
Access
Opens all the way around - like a small suitcase
Carry On
Best For
Good backpack/luggage hybrid. Great for inter-railing, hostel hopping and weekend getaways.
More Information
Brand
Lowe Alpine
Preview
Lowe Alpine Air Zone Pro Backpack - 45 + 10 Litres, Black
Product
Lowe Alpine Airzone Trek+
Star Rating
Pros
• Comfortable harness with adjustable back length • Large mesh front pocket • Raincover provided • Hip belt pockets
Cons
Pack cover can be awkward to put on
Volume
35-45 litres
Weight
3.9 lbs
Access
Top, side & bottom
Carry On
Best For
Weekend away, hostel hoping, day trekking, interrailing, short to medium term travel
More Information
Brand
Gregory Baltoro
Preview
Gregory Zulu 40 Backpack M blue 2017 outdoor daypack
Product
Gregory Zulu 40
Price
Star Rating
-
Pros
• Superb harness • Custom shaped hip belt with pockets • Raincover included • Extra durable, ultralight materials.
Cons
No side mounted bottle holster.
Volume
40 litres
Weight
2.3 lbs
Access
Top-loader, front U zip design for easy gear access.
Carry On
Best For
Weekend away, hostel hoping, day trekking, interrailing, short to medium term travel
More Information
Top Pick
Brand
Eagle Creek
Preview
Eagle Creek Gear Hauler Luggage, Asphalt Black
Product
Eagle Creek Gear Hauler
Price
Star Rating
Pros
• Lockable zips • Zip away backpack straps • Lightweight • Super resistant materials • Multiple pockets
Cons
Hide away strap a bit bulky
Volume
48 litres
Weight
3 lbs
Access
Opens all the way around, like a small suitcase.
Carry On
Best For
Great for short to mid-term travel, inter-railing, hostel hopping and weekend getaways.
More Information

Once you know what type of backpack you need for your gap year adventure you now have to pick the best backpack by brand, after all if you want it to last you will have to pick a backpack brand that has a stellar reputation. Your first instinct is to Google every single option, and this can be overwhelming. You might find yourself lost in a maze of different manufacturers and prices. 

Conversely, if this is your first big trip, you might be inclined to think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and not really think about what backpack brand you’re getting or want to spend too much time and money on it. But why limit yourself? We know that once you get started, wanderlust will take over, and you will wish you had invested in that strong, reliable product to travel with you for years and years. 

They are invariably passionate about the preservation of the environment, and contribute to projects or charities that relate to and inspire their vision. These are not the only brands that we work with, but their quality and their values constitute the benchmark for what we look for in outdoor gear brands. In other words, these are our safe bets you know you can’t go wrong with. 

You don’t need to be a full-blown gear geek like us to recognise the added value in these backpack brands. As you will see, commitment to durable, high-performing materials and to the environment very often go hand-in-hand, and our best backpack brands all share this ethos.  

This is one of the reasons that we trust them with our gear needs. Of course, it helps to know that the bag you are carrying isn’t just a bag at all, it is a combination of power and comfort that, barring any disaster, you can rely on not to abandon you halfway through your trip, and to accompany you for many many years.

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