We are no longer in the era where backpacking was made of big and enormous outside frame when we have to cross the forest in pain and distress. The trends in the backpacks we use today are one of minimalism, ergonomic and thoughtful designs. We have listed below amazing backpack for your camping and adventure for the remaining part of 2018. They consist of ultralight options for minimalists and thru-hikers to comfort-oriented options for those who are weekend warriors in need of extended trips. Let’s get straight into it
4. Osprey Levity
The Osprey Exos was the leader, but this new version of Levity for men and Women’s Lumina, which weighed less than 2 pounds, is on another level. Although weighing less than 12 ounces compared to the other Exos, this levity didn’t seem fragile or compromised.
With this pack, you get a metal frame which provides a solid structure good ventilation with the suspended mesh back panel. The 210 by 200 denier nylon is very durable for your camping and adventure.
Weight: 1 pound 15.2 oz.
Fabric: Nylon (210D x 200D & 30D)
Capacities: 45, 60L
Pro: Super light without being overly compromised.
Con: Can’t carry more than 30 pounds comfortably.
3. Gossimer Gear Mariposa 60
There are a number of a very light pack which are made for thru-hikers and minimalists, among them, our pick is this Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60. It is impressive to see how few tradeoffs use the 2 pound 3-ounce pack. The Gossamer Gear uses Robic nylon that is both lightweight and durable to cut weight, unlike Hyperlite and Zpacks which use Dyneema fabric. You’d not be bothered about punctures or wear from this Mariposa, however, it is wise to pay attention when bushwhacking or while setting the pack down on rocks.
Weight: 2 lbs. 0.7 oz.
Fabric: Nylon (100D & 200D)
Pro: Impressive durability, capacity, and comfort for the weight.
Con: Foam back panel bunches up.
2. REI Co-op Traverse 70
The REI’s packaging brand increases its quality and functionality year after year and at a very fair price too. During the restructuring for the year, the Rei co-op was also redesigned for 2018. This is a well-designed pack which has sophisticated features such as a large J-shaped zipper which grants access into the main compartment, it has numerous outside pockets including a rain cover for your adventure. Also, the UpLift Compression Strap System, which securely holds your equipment, soothes your lower back and sides. Given the quality of design and structure the features and the comfort it affords, this is a nice backpack for $249.
Weight: 4 lbs. 14 oz.
Fabric: Nylon (200D & 420D)
Capacities: 35, 65, 70, 85L
Pro: Nice updates for 2018 yet still a comfortable and very functional pack.
Con: Pushing 5 pounds.
1. Osprey Atmos AG 65
The Atmos AG is among our best backpack picks for 2018, which intelligently aligns all our priorities, these include comfort, durability, organization, and even lightweight for camping and adventure. With a suspended “Anti-Gravity” back panel attention grabber, you’d love this pack because it is an advancement in pack ventilation. The bag is carefully designed and it is strong enough to be handled with even roughly, at less than 5 pounds. Generally, the Atmos AG is a very versatile model which is suitable for all types of travel, from the short overnight trips to the demanding backcountry journey. More similar stuff can be found on the aarmed.ca website.
Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz.
Fabric: Nylon (100D x 630D)
Capacities: 50, 65L
Pro: Close fit and fantastic back ventilation.
Con: No zipper to the main compartment.