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For long weekends and epic adventures

Technical backpacking packs carry everything you need to sleep under the stars along the West Coast Trail or New Zealand’s Kepler Track. Top brands like Osprey, Deuter and Gregory offer a wide range of versatile packs for multi-day trips, and our own MEC Label backpacks deliver comfortable carrying at an affordable price point.

Multiple compartments organize your gear, so you can serve lunch or grab an extra layer without emptying your whole pack. Innovative suspension systems transfer weight to your hips for better balance through long days and stream crossings. Integrated rain covers, trekking pole attachment points and external hydration sleeves make life on the trail a little easier.

How to choose a backpacking pack

How do you know which pack is best for you? First, think about the length of most backpacking trips you plan to take. For weekend trips, choose an overnight pack that holds 35L to 55L. Larger multi-day packs (55L to 75L) hold the additional food and clothing you’ll need for longer trips. And if you’re packing for a true odyssey, expedition backpacks can haul up to 100L.

Next, measure your torso and check the pack’s size guide. Women’s specific backpacking packs typically come in shorter lengths, which may be more comfortable for smaller hikers. Read more about how to fit a backpack to find what feels right.

Ready to hit the trail? Here’s a handy backpacking checklist along with tips on how to pack a backpack for stability and easy access to snacks and raingear.