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The Eight Best Adventure Backpacks for Women

by Aaron McNeilis on May 24, 2019

Featuring Ambassador @intothegap

From day hikes to week-long backpacks, these packs have been tried and tested by our ambassadors - you're sure to find the backpack you need!



Gregory Deva 70L

This comfortable workhorse backpack is built for multi-day adventures in the wilderness, and reviewers rave that it's super comfortable and keeps the weight off your back and shoulders. Ambassador Allie Huish loves her Gregory pack:  "their technology is awesome, and they're still fairly affordable." 

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Ambassador Allie Huish (@__Wizz) backpacking in Utah

Do you need a women's backpack for backpacking?  Backpacks are sized by torso length, and the most important factor in a backpacking pack is that the height of the pack adjusts properly to your torso size, allowing the weight to sit more comfortably on your hips instead of causing pain in your back and shoulders.  Because of this, petite women will like find the size range in women's backpacks are most suited to their needs.  Taller women may be able to pick between women's and men's models.

Mystery Ranch Stein 65L Backpack

When shopping men's or unisex backpacks, Michelle Brunor suggests checking for a small yoke and waistband.   She loves the Mystery Ranch line of backpacks, which feature a lightweight yet durable design, and plenty of straps to attach your gear to.

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Osprey Xena 70L Backpack

This high volume but sleek overnight pack will keep everything you need for weekend excursions.   Also available in an 85L size for longer trips, reviewers rave about the lightweight comfort of this pack. 

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Osprey Mira 26L Backpack

This is ambassador Stacy Po's favorite day pack - she loves the hydration bladder and the built-in rain cover.  "It has an anti-gravity suspension system which puts weight on your hips rather than shoulders - it fits my body really well!"


Lowe Alpine Altus ND 40:45L

 Bridging the gap between a daypack and overnight pack, this expandable pack can be compressed for shorter treks or maxed out for ultralight overnights or hut trips.  It includes various gear loops and pockets to keep you organized, plus a comfortable, ventilated back.

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What should I look for in a Backpack? 

High tech backpacks boast a bevvy of useful and useful sounding features - here's what our crew rated as most important: 
- Hydration Bladders - ditch the bulky water bottle and select a backpack with a bladder.
- Ventilation - because nobody loves back sweat.
- Compression - get the most for your money with a backpack that compresses for smaller loads or expands when you need to carry more.
- Adjustable Straps - to stop your boobs from being weirdly squished, the backpack's chest strap should be vertically adjustable, while shoulder and hip straps should adjust to your size and load. 
- Carry System - extra straps that can fit a snowboard, hiking poles, or other large gear come in handy! 

Ambassador Stacy Pokrywka (@stacypo1) day hiking in her Osprey pack

Camelbak Solstice 10L

A smaller 10-15L Pack is ideal for short hikes where you're just looking to carry water, snacks, and a few emergency supplies.  Ambassador Lainey Severson loves her Camelbak because it's so small, lightweight, and comfortable. 

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Burton Day Hiker Pack - Women's 25L

Our ambassadors loved the versatility of the Burton line of backpacks - while this pack has everything you need for a standard hike, it has some added features for those who sometimes hike for some turns - most notably a vertical snowboard carry system featuring non-slip straps. 

Trail Runners

The trail runners in our crew are loving the design of hydration bladder vests - these have room for 1.5L of water carried close to your body so there's not a lot of awkward bouncing as you run, plus some added features like safety whistles and pockets to store snacks or emergency supplies. 

Shown: Osprey Packs Dyna 6L Backpack





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