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Best trekking backpacks

best trekking backpacks
We have divided trekking backpacks into two main categories:

Best short trekking backpacks

Backpacks under 35 litres, for short treks.

Short trekking backpacks range in size from 20 to 35 litres and are useful for carrying clothing, food and equipment for one- to two-day treks with overnight stays in shelters.

Within this category there are also very different models: some smaller and lighter, others more structured in terms of weight and size. The former will be suitable for simple and quick hikes, while the latter can cope with longer treks where more equipment and clothing is needed.

Below are some models of trekking backpacks up to 35 litres that have been tested and recommended by our testers.

FERRINO AGILE 25

Lightweight, compact, with a breathable but stable back, with a good supply of accessories. Lightweight materials recommend not too rough use, but with these cares it is a very versatile backpack.

Weight: 850g

Liters: 25

Women’s version: yes

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FERRINO FINISTERRE 28

A highly successful model from the Turin-based company, with its 3 liters more and a larger frame it turns out to be the Agile’s big brother. Stable on the back and sturdy, it is proposed as a “one-size-fits-all” backpack for excursions even up to 2 days.

Weight: 1340g

Liters: 28

Women’s version: yes

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GREGORY ZULU 35

A backpack that focuses on quality and sturdy materials and an innovative design of the back and ventral strap. It does not shine for lightness but is stable and comfortable even with heavy loads, for trips of up to 2 days with gear.

Weight: 1580g

Liters: 35

Women’s version: yes

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MILLET UBIC 30

​​Designed on the female body, its accessories and straps make it versatile for activities other than hiking. The backrest does not shine for breathability and is more suitable for seasons from fall to spring.

Weight: 1265g

Liters: 30

Women’s version: yes

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SALEWA ULTRA TRAIN 22

Almost a trail running backpack in terms of lightness and philosophy. Very good for fast hiking, it has a back with excellent breathability. Featherweight is paid for, however, with materials that should not be too abused.

Weight: 430g

Liters: 22

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Best multi-day hiking backpacks

Trekking backpacks from 35 liters and up.

These are backpacks designed for multi-day hikes, from hut to hut or with tent-only company. Backpacks that must have specific characteristics, including: sturdiness, good load distribution, easy access to internal compartments, and the ability to attach external materials.

DEUTER AIRCONTACT 55 + 10

Backpack for trekking in total autonomy with important volume and expandable up to 65 liters. Excellent “VariQuick” adjustment and walking comfort thanks to well-padded shoulder straps. Equipped with adjustable webbing to secure gear externally and front zipper for quick access to contents.

Weight: 2.4 kg

Liters: 55+10

Women’s version: yes

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FERRINO DRY HIKE 48+5

Capacious and functional backpack for multi-day treks in uncertain weather. Thanks to the HDry membrane it is 100% waterproof. The presence of several pockets, openings and attachment straps ensure good versatility and the possibility of also attaching a tent externally.

Weight: 1.9 kg

Liters: 48+5

Women’s version: No

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FERRINO TRANSALP 60

Capacious backpack for multi-day autonomous itineraries. Packed with pockets and straps that increase its capacity and make it functional and versatile. Can count on three different openings: top, bottom (backpack bottom) and front.

Weight: 2.5 kg

Liters: 60

Women’s version: Yes

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MARSUPIO NEVADA 40

Backpack for light trekking with the possibility of attaching part of the equipment externally. Excellent walking comfort due to lightweight aluminum frame that helps distribute the weight of the load while providing maximum back ventilation. Competitive in price, flaws in distribution of internal volume and in practicality of access to the main compartment.

Weight: 1.3 kg

Liters: 40

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MILLET UBIC 40

Versatile and lightweight backpack. It is designed for hiking but can also be adapted for mountaineering, snowshoeing and ski mountaineering thanks to the Variloo system that allows you to carry various types of gear. 100% recycled fabric.

Weight: 1.230 kg

Liters: 40

Women’s version: Yes

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SALEWA ALPTREK 50+10

Very roomy backpack with compact, tubular shape, suitable for trekking with mountaineering difficulties. Side and top opening, removable top pocket, and multiple loops and external strings for accessories. Custom Dry Back System for backrest adjustment.

Weight: 1.77 kg.

Liters: 50+10

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VAUDE ASYMMETRIC 42+8

Medium-sized backpack with variable volume, ideal for multi-day treks, made with attention to eco-sustainability (100% recycled fabric) and finished very well. Functional pocket layout and accessibility to internal compartments.

Weight: 1.640 kg

Liters: 42+8

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