Best Backpacks in 2020 (April Reviews)

The best backpack provides ample storage for clothes, electronics, and other items for school, work, and play. Our evaluation focused on capacity, material, fit, pockets, frame type, padding, and stitching/zipper quality. We also looked into safety-related features such as reflective materials for night time travel and abdominal/chest straps for better backpack weight distribution, which is essential for long hiking trips and excursions through light days and the thick of darkness.

Backpacks are not only great for school, but the best backpacking backpacks are also a great piece of camping and hiking gear. Just like the best tents.

After more than 10 hours of research and testing, our top pick goes to the Outlander Ultra Lightweight Backpack. This backpack is ultra-lightweight (less than 1 pound) with a sturdy tear-resistant nylon fabric construction, 8-plus compartments for small/large accessories, and a comfortable mesh shoulder strap with reinforced stress points to carry comfortably. It also has a 33-liter capacity and shrinks to the size of an alarm clock when crunched and stowed away, the ultimate space saver on long road trips. It can even be stuffed into another backpack or suitcase when not in use. Keep reading to learn more about the Outlander Ultra Lightweight Backpack and six other backpacks that met our strict grading criteria.

Latest Backpack Reviews & Buyer Guides

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Sea To Sky Pack – A Backpack For Adventuring
Sea To Sky Pack – A Backpack For Adventuring
After you read about this backpack, learn about the Key Factors to look for before you buy. The Sea To Sky Backpack stands out from the crowd. It will hold all of your important things, just like all of the others on the market, but this one has a few…
HP Omen X Launches as Backpack Computer
HP Omen X Launches as Backpack Computer
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The WalkCar Is Transit In A Backpack
The WalkCar Is Transit In A Backpack
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SkySaver is the Apartment Rappelling Backpack You Never Knew You Needed
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Booq Boa Flow Backpack Review
Booq Boa Flow Backpack Review
Anyone in search of the best backpacks needs to have a look at this. If comfort is what you need, comfort is what you’ll get with Booq‘s Boa Flow.  Yes, unorthodox names aside, which Booq is no stranger to, the Boa Flow is a comfy backpack.  It’s like wrapping a…
Funnell Combines A Backpack And A Jacket
Funnell Combines A Backpack And A Jacket
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Utility Rucksack Backpack Takes You From The Office To The Weekend
Utility Rucksack Backpack Takes You From The Office To The Weekend
As soon as Friday comes along, all of us are more than ready for the weekend! The same goes for the Utility Rucksack Backpack ($89.90) from Cargo Works, that’ll take you from the dreaded workweek all the way through your weekend adventures and then back to work come Monday. The…
HackedPack Hammock-Backpack Now Available On Amazon
HackedPack Hammock-Backpack Now Available On Amazon
Add some R&R to your hikes, picnics or any other outdoor adventures with the HackedPack Hammock-Bakcpack in tow. The Kickstarter campaign first came up on our radar last August and has since then been fully funded. The nifty high-quality hiker’s backpack features a built-in hammock that can be set up anywhere…
The Bluelounge Backpack Can Haul All The Things
The Bluelounge Backpack Can Haul All The Things
While some people will continue to insist on the briefcase, because they enjoy shoulder injuries, most of us have finally admitted that with all the stuff you have to haul around, a backpack is really the best tool for the job, even if it’s just a subwoofer on your back.…
Rhino Skin Kevlar Backpack Protects You From Bombs
Rhino Skin Kevlar Backpack Protects You From Bombs
While we may be a bit nervous sometimes, America is actually a pretty safe place; we don’t have bombs constantly going off in the street, for example. Other countries are not so lucky, which is where the Rhino Skin comes into play. Essentially, it’s a bulletproof vest with a backpack…
Dakine Debuts The BC Utility Vest With Built-In Backpack
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North Face Back Pack Air Bag Avalanche System Now On Sale for $1179
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Amor Backpack: Solid Gray
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