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  • Teton Sports Scout 3400

  • Loowoko 45+5L

  • Teton Sports Explorer 4000

  • Mardingtop 65+10L M403

  • Nevo Rhino Advance 60+5

  • Kelty Coyote 65

  • Osprey Rook 65

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Teton Sports Scout 3400

Looking at the price and the reviews, the TETON 3400 has made a lot of people very happy at a very reasonable price. At 55L capacity, this backpack is one of the smaller sizes reviewed, offering enough space for a two to three day trip. If the hiker is smaller, there might be a few more days of hiking possible since a smaller person’s gear generally takes up less space.

There are some great features in this bag, particularly the torso being adjustable. Since backpacks are sized according to the length of the user’s torso, having the shoulders being able to be adjusted allows for different users or to accommodate growth if the user is a teenager. One of the most detailed reviewers really recommended this backpack for their young teen who had moved from Cubs to Scouts. As an entry level bag that is adjustable and still has great features like compression straps and padded lumbar support, this bag will encourage someone new to wilderness camping at a great price. Even with as many positive reviews on this backpack, the most common issues noticed were with stitching, so check the bag over carefully when it arrives.

Pros

  • Adjustable torso length

  • Padded waist and shoulder straps

  • Rain fly included

Cons

  • Limited sizing

  • No belt pockets

  • Issues with stitching

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Loowoko 45+5L

At first glance, the Loowoko offers many of the basic requirements for a hiking backpack. At 50L, the size is on the smaller end of the backpacking camping scale but not impossible depending on the gear you bring. The quality appears to be good to most reviewers, with a few issues with rips and buckles snapping. In addition, the pack does not have any sort of internal frame. The bag does not have an adjuster to accommodate different sizes of torso, as several reviewers commented the bag does not fit if you are taller than six feet.

If you are a larger, taller person then this backpack is not recommended for your camping needs. However, if you are shorter and looking for a backpack that could be used for longer day trips as well as an overnight trip, this backpack could fit your needs well.

Pros

  • Five different color options

  • Good padding on the straps

  • Rain fly included

Cons

  • Issues with ripping fabric

  • No frame

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Teton Sports Explorer 4000

On the larger end of our size spectrum, the TETON Sports Explorer 4000 holds 65L and weighs about 5lbs when empty. Similar to the smaller TETON bag, this backpack has a separate compartment for a sleeping bag as well as attachment points to strap down gear to the outside of the pack. Other reviewers noted that the pockets are well thought out and the pack is a good value for its cost. A few reviewers experienced issues with fit; if your torso is outside the recommended range of 19 to 23 inches, this backpack might not work for you. One reviewer noted that his torso was 21 inches and he couldn’t get the backpack to fit correctly. A handful of reviewers experienced issues with stitching on this pack, so check the bag over carefully while it is still under warranty.

Pros

  • Adjusts for a wide range of body types

  • Pass-through side pockets

  • Rain fly included

Cons

  • Limited torso size

  • Fairly heavy

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Mardingtop 65+10L M403

One of the striking features of this bag are the two external, removable 5L pockets on the sides of the bag. While they are advertised as being great for larger water bottles, a couple of reviewers noticed that the zipper closures have opened while the pack is being worn. Since the Molle attachment options are near the removable pockets, using a strap to keep the zipper closed might be a great way to use the other feature on this pack. As one of the larger bags in our review, the weight of the bag also increases to being 5.18 lbs. Overall, many reviewers are happy with the value of this bag and report the straps are comfortably padded. Since the torso can be adjusted like the waist, shoulder, and sternum straps, this bag should fit a wide range of folks.

Pros

  • Removable side pockets

  • Adjustable and well padded

  • Pockets on waist belt

Cons

  • Pocket zippers open unexpectedly

  • No rain fly

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Nevo Rhino Advance 60+5

SInce the N NEVO RHINO doesn’t have a torso adjustment to fit a wider range of sizes, this backpack will be limited in who it fits. If you are a lucky Cinderella to this slipper of a bag, the other features like excellent back ventilation and pockets on the waist belt will encourage the match. Many reviewers liked the design of this bag, however, several mentioned issues with stitching. Try the bag out at home, with weight approximately similar to your trip before going out into the wilderness.

Pros

  • Extra reinforcement at the base

  • Plenty of back ventilation

  • Rain fly included

Cons

  • Torso can’t be adjusted

  • Few outside pockets

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Kelty Coyote 65

With the Kelty Coyote 65L, you get the best of both worlds: a good amount of carrying capacity (65L) with a low weight (4 lbs 10 oz). This backpack checks all the important boxes with adjustable torso fit, pockets in the hip belt and great back ventilation. The side pockets have a pass through, so you can use them to hold gear like your hiking poles. Most reviewers are very satisfied with this pack, with no complaints about the stitching.

Pros

  • Adjustable torso

  • Plenty of pockets

Cons

  • No rain fly included

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Osprey Rook 65

One of the best aspects of Osprey bags is their suspension system—the shoulder straps and torso are adjustable, the ventilation on the bag is great. The Rook has a streamlined design, with serious compression straps to keep your belongings compact and close to your back, helping to reduce the strain on your back. On the downside, if you are a fan of pockets, Osprey is pretty light on outside pockets. Two of the few outside pockets are on the waist belt. A few reviewers noted that the pockets were awkward to get access to. The only other issue appears to be with the size of the openings for the top part of the bag with reviewers noticing that the small opening made using the pocket difficult.

Pros

  • Great adjustability and ventilation

  • Back suspension system

  • Rain fly included

Cons

  • Few pockets

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Rebecca Boniface

Rebecca Boniface

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Rebecca Boniface is a certified PADI dive instructor, full-time nomad, and DIY enthusiast.

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