SUMMER IS ARGUABLY THE BEST TIME TO GET SOME HIKING DONE.
THE SKIES ARE CLEAR, THE DAY IS LONGER, AND YES, MY KIDS CAN GO WITH ME.
Since we plan to hike this summer, I have started shopping around for a good hiking bag. We plan to spend 3 days at the most so I had the following things in mind in shopping for a hiking bag:
1). Volume capacity should be 30 to 50 liters;
4). Comfort– straps, paddings, etc.
Here are my choices thus far:
MYSTERY RANCH COULEE 40
The 40L pack has a nice 3-Zip design for quick and easy access to the pack’s main compartment. I also find the two big stretch pockets across it very useful because it can hold items often needed while on the trail.
FJALLRAVEN – KAIPAK 28
This would have been the obvious choice if price was the only consideration. This top-loaded backpack is made from heavy duty material. The top lid features a couple of pockets with a zippered pocket located on the front. There are compression straps found on the sides and attachment points, too, for trekking poles. It also comes with a rain cover.
THE NORTH FACE BANCHEE 50
The North Face is one of the best brands out there so it is not surprising that this backpack from the same company makes it to my list. It is a lightweight backpack (3 pounds) but still very supportive and capable of handling heavier loads. It also has eight pockets.
DEUTER AIR CONTACT 50
This is what I am planning to get for my wife. The 50L version of this backpack is perfect for women. The price is a bit high but I’m getting my money’s worth because of the excellent design of this backpack. The hip fins are anatomically shaped to follow every move. The hip belt buckle is easy to fasten and the aluminum X-frame is designed to transfer the load to the hip belt.
KELTY REDWING 50
This is my pick. It’s reasonably priced but the quality of materials and design are comparable with those from other more popular brands. It is lightweight but capable of handling heavy loads. The top and side pockets are nice. The pass-through loops found on the sides have pockets which can be used for storing various items.