10 Best Backpacks for Travel for 2017

Whether you are a beyond-the-border adventure enthusiast or a regular across-the-country hopscotcher, you definitely need a backpack that would help you effectively streamline, enhance, and maximize your travel experience. There are a number of things to consider when getting one, among which are comfort, durability, and affordability. Yet even with these criteria, searching for the one that will perfectly address your needs will still come out overwhelming and challenging. We are here to make your task easier. Check out our list of 10 best backpacks for travel:

1) Osprey Far Point 55

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fixed, unisex back panel
  • Additional bag included
  • Sleeping pad straps
  • Pockets: one interior zip, one exterior
  • Item dimensions: 13 x 26 x 13 inches
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

The Osprey Far Point 55 is designed to handle loads up to 50 lbs. It features a light-wire frame suspensions that shifts the load from harness to hip belt. It comes with a mesh back panel that enhances ventilation, while the mesh on its harness and hip belt minimizes chafing under load. The main Far point 55 pack comes with a detachable Far point daypack to store your essentials for long-distance backpacking in the hills or downtown excursions.

PROS:

  • Huge capacity
  • Easy to pack
  • Lightweight
  • Can be transformed into a day pack

CONS:

  • Frame for larger pack makes it too big to be a carry on

VERDICT:

The Osprey Farpoint 55’s rugged and comfortable suspension has made it an obvious choice for backpacking trips overseas. It comes with a detachable day pack, which further makes it a fantastic choice for an all-in-one luggage piece. This would have been an impeccable gear, if its main pack isn’t too large to made a carry on. Nonetheless, it is a great equipment to bring along especially on long international flights with multiple layovers. Overall, the Farpoint 55 is a pleasure to use, and a reliable companion on a surprisingly broad range of activities.

2) Arcteryx Covert CO Case

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Padded foam
  • Four external handles, one on each side for easy access
  • Zippered front panel
  • Item dimensions: 6 x 14 x 18 inches
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs

The Arcteryx Covert CO Case is packed with features that will satisfy your inner backpacker and possibly your cultivated tendencies to just stuff and fold your gear into your pack. This duffel bag/backpack combo allows you to cram and stuff your belongings into it, then use its inner compression straps, zip it up, and you’ll come out looking like a consummate business man sans the compromise to your backpacking style. It sports a smooth exterior, and a smooth overall design, making it very easy to maneuver in different situations.

PROS:

  • Roomy
  • Packing cubes very useful for organization
  • Durable
  • Easy to pack
  • Sleek

CONS:

  • Less comfortable
  • Not enough capacity
  • Straps often loosen suddenly

VERDICT:

 The Covert is very easy to pack, very lightweight, sleek, and durable. For as long as carrying comfort, carry on size, and oodles of features are not requisites in your travel pack needs, this is a pack that will keep you stoked for a long time.

3) Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Anti-Theft Backpack

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Polyester lining
  • Zipper closure
  • RFID safe blocking system
  • Nylon material
  • Item dimensions: 19.7 x 11.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

Enjoy a worry-free travel with the Pacsafe Venturesafe GII back pack. It features a number of anti-theft technologies that ensure peace of mind while you’re out and about. It is designed with a flexible, stainless steel wire mesh built into the bag’s fabric and an RFID safe blocking material to keep your identity safe, so you never have to be wary about electronic pick-pocketing.  That’s the last thing you need when going on a vacation.

PROS:

  • Comfortable back pad
  • Huge capacity
  • Easy to carry
  • Lightweight
  • Great design and quality
  • Useful anti-theft security features

CONS:

  • Shoulder straps are close-set
  • Angled design at the bottom causes the bag to tip forward
  • The smaller compartment is separated from the main compartment only by a very thin fabric
  • Cannot be slid down over the handle of any suitcase

VERDICT:

If the thought of getting into a identity theft incident scares you, you may find the Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Backpack very useful, especially for international trips. While it comes with a laptop compartment, this travel pack is designed and purposed as a day pack that you can just slip your laptop into. This serves more efficiently as a back-up pack rather than a computer bag.

4) Patagonia Headway MLC Duffer Bag/ Backpack

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Internal padded sleeve
  • Durable cordura nylon material
  • Comes with shoulder strap, two carrying handles, and ergonomic shoulder straps
  • Item dimensions: 21.5 x 6 x 15 inches
  • Weight: 3,4 lbs

Tired of waiting for your baggage to come out? The Patagonia Headway 45-liter MLC (Maximum Legal Carry-On) fits most airline carry-on regulations to have you zipping through airports with great ease. It is built with durable nylon Cordura Ballistic fabric with polyurethane coating stands up beautifully to the rigors of travel. The main compartment contains multiple sub-compartments that you can use any way you like.

PROS:

  • Simple and user-friendly
  • Versatile
  • Perfect balance of features
  • Low-profile padding in the shoulder strap and backpack itself is thin but stiff enough to support
  • Features are thoughtfully designed
  • Converts easily from a backpack to a duffel bag

CONS:

  • Pack’s suspension is not optimized for long-distance backpacking
  • Not comfortable when heavy
  • Panel design makes bag easy to manage at the airport

VERDICT:

The Headway’s design is simple yet intuitive and fully featured, but definitely not labyrinthine. It, in fact, seems to epitomize the ideal travel pack, flaunting a useful combination of the features present in a suitcase, duffel, briefcase, and backpack.

5) Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dynamic AirFlow back panel
  • Polyester material
  • LightBeam single aluminum stay
  • Hydration compatible
  • Item dimensions: 22 x 15 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 3,3 lbs

The Kelty Redwing 44 descends from a long line of comfortable travel backpacks. It easy to use, comfortable, and thoughtfully designed for a wide range of uses. It is constructed from polyester material, and dynamic airflow panel, making it excellent for outdoor-leaning trips. It will take you overseas, on a short backpacking trip, and even to the crag to go rock climbing.

PROS:

  • Versatile for outdoor-centered travels
  • Comfortable
  • Compact and well shaped
  • Lightweight
  • Certified pack-of-all-trades

CONS:

  • Not ideal for carry on

VERDICT:

The Kelty Redwing 44 is designed to endure and reduce the chances of possible damage, should you do need to check it in every once in a while when you travel. Though not ideal as a carry-on backpack, we highly recommend it for avid outdoor enthusiasts who live out of their backpacks (thus spend less time in airports) and who love to head out to more rural backcountry destinations.

6) Tortuga Outbreaker Travel Backpack

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Combination of nylon, polyethylene, and ripstop polyesters
  • Maximum-sized
  • Front-loading
  • Padded hip belt
  • Item dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs

Reinvented and renamed, the Outbreaker Backpack from Tortuga flaunts a design that doubles down on the backpack features, removing anything that might get in the way. This signifies that it’s no longer a backpack/suitcase hybrid like it used to be, but instead, it focuses on getting one job done very well, and that is to be highly comfortable and efficient. It boasts a combination of nylon, polyethylene, and rip-stop polyesters materials– which make it a lot more convincing to tag along in your cross-country and overseas trips.

PROS:

  • Excellent for long hauls through airports
  • Very comfortable
  • Made from the same materials as sailboats are made from
  • Waterproof

CONS:

  • Feels clunky and cumbersome
  • Less versatile

VERDICT:

This backpack is geared towards people who are in the market merely for a comfortable travel backpack. Style aside, this pack is designed to be so comfortable that no pack that comes with a miniature hip belt could possibly stand up to. Given its constraints in the versatility aspect, this backpack may not give you the most bang for your buck. Rest assured, this is a great companion for both local and international travels, and will remain comfortable even under surprisingly heavy loads.

7) Gregory Compass 30 Daypack

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 420D Nylon
  • Padded, semi-rigid front panel
  • Zippered duffel access
  • External access padded 15″ laptop compartment with tablet sleeve
  • Ventilated back panel and shoulder harnesses
  • Item dimensions: 6.5 x 14.76 x 20.67 inches
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs

If you’ve been struggling to learn the perfect packing technique, you probably have been looking for a travel pack that opens like a duffel so you can easily find all of your stuff at once.  You’ve finally found that with the Gregory Compass 30 pack. This backpack is designed with a zippered duffel access in its main compartment. Its top accessory pocket has a key clip and a zippered internal mesh security pocket where you can stash all of your valuables. For larger items, you can use its zippered mesh organizer pocket, which you can find its main compartment lid.

PROS:

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Huge capacity
  • Simple design
  • Great carry on
  • Versatile

CONS:

  • Does not support heavy loads

VERDICT:

What makes this travel pack a hit among many consumers is its laptop sleeve. With that aside, its main compartment design poses a striking disadvantage and makes this bag lag behind its competitors. As such, you would have trouble figuring out the most appropriate use or design focus of this pack. It settles at the lower end of the capacity spectrum. The quality, all in all, is relatively remarkable, and we are hopeful that future changes in its design will be something to look forward to.

8) ZOMAKE Waterproof Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Nylon material
  • Breathable mesh shoulder straps
  • Bottle holder on both sides
  • SBS metal zipper
  • Item dimensions:  7.1 x 16.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs

Are you headed overseas but need a spare pack in case you go over the baggage allowance? Look no further than the ZOMAKE Waterproof Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack. This ultra light, ultra affordable, and ultra durable backpack is made from abrasion-and tear-resistant material, and is reinforced in more than 31 of its areas using the Bartack Process. An ultra-compressible pouch, you can fold into a small pocket the size of a sandwich, so it doesn’t take up too much suitcase space in case you don’t need it yet.

PROS:

  • Compressible into a small pouch
  • Tear-, and abrasion resistant
  • Comfy straps
  • Durable
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to adjust lock and length

CONS:

  • Not waterproof, as advertised.

VERDICT:

For its price, this backpack is fairly durable and equipped with other features that would easily entice any savvy, budget-conscious traveler. Just don’t risk putting too much weight on it, cause it hasn’t been tested for that purpose. All in all, it is worth giving a try.

9) NeatPack Versatile Canvas Sling Backpack

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Zippered compartment
  • Ergonomic padded strap
  • Water bottle mesh pocket
  • RFID blocking system
  • Item dimensions: 12.5 x 4 x 18.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.93 lbs

Looking for a sharp-looking, well-made, affordable, durable pack? You’ve found it with the Versatile Canvas Sling Bag / Travel Backpack / Wear Over Shoulder by NeatPack. This stylish, lightweight, and versatile sling backpack holds your travel essentials without weighing you down. It is designed with more compartments than any other bag and can be worn comfortably in multiple ways. It also has a hidden RFID pocket, so you’re sure to travel without any worry for identity theft.

PROS:

  • Versatile design
  • Hidden RFID pocket
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent stitching
  • Durable
  • Premium-quality material
  • Sturdy zippers

CONS:

  • Phone compartment design flaw (not adjustable so it is right under your chin when the bag is slung on your back)
  • Very small; not ideal for long trips

VERDICT:

We haven’t come across any travel backpack that has as many compartments and sheer versatility as this. For its price, you probably will find its wouldn’t believe how it can stand tough against wear and tear. Despite its size, it is brimming with many other features that are otherwise found in much more expensive packs.

10) Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Travel Backpack

 

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bar tacks at major stress points
  • Multiple compartments
  • Breathable mesh shoulder straps
  • Two-way SBS metal zippers
  • Item dimensions:  8.5 x 2.2 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 0.7 lbs

This list is completed with the Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Travel Backpack. It is created with a high-quality, water-and tear-resistant material, giving it added strength and long-lasting performance with the lightest weight possible. Its extra strength comes from its double-layer bottom piece, which makes the pack very convenient to use when carrying more load during your travels. The travel pack is constructed with numerous bar tacks at its major stress points, further enhancing its longevity and durability.

PROS:

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Very comfortable shoulder straps
  • Easy to open pockets
  • Best bang for your buck
  • Dries very quickly when soaked
  • Packs into itself for easy storage

CONS:

  • Zippers snagging occasionally on the fabric flap
  • Water-resistant but not waterproof

VERDICT:

If you are searching for something that you can take with you when you travel when you don’t want to take your suitcase or invest in a pricey pack, this lightweight, packable travel pack from Venture Pal is an awesome find. It packs into itself, which comes in handy, when you have to travel back with more stuff than you left with.

Marv Perez

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