Every year, outdoor enthusiasts are treated to the latest and greatest product releases from the giants of the industry. Spring marks the unofficial start of hiking and camping season, and many manufacturers have already started releasing new products for the season. Here are some of the best packs for this year, in a variety of categories.
Top Pack Overall
Gregory Zulu 65 and Jade 63
The Zulu 65 and Jade 63 are the pinnacle of men’s and women’s pack from Gregory, a leader in the outdoor pack industry. What makes these packs our top pick overall is that they pretty much dominate in the most important categories when it comes to selecting a pack. They provide the best in organization capability, they’re extremely comfortable for long hikes, and they’re very breathable, and at less than 4 pounds they’re very lightweight given their capacity. The Zulu model has 65 liters available to haul just about anything you’d need for a multi-day trip out on the trail. This pack has a way of self-adjusting as you move along the trail, making it super-comfy, even on the hottest days. These packs will run you right around $230.
Osprey Rook and Renn 50
We didn’t want to include a “budget pick” on this list because when it comes to your pack, you really don’t want to go with a cheap option. However, at only $155, the Osprey Rook or Renn definitely delivers the most bang for the buck without breaking the bank. The reason it’s so affordable is that designers did away with many of the features that aren’t absolutely necessary. There’s no front stash pocket and the zippers are the one-way variety. However, those seem like pretty minor things to give up when you consider the value for the price. It’s a 50-liter pack, so you’ll have plenty of room to stash your essentials. It’s easy to adjust, so the comfort level is also extremely high for such a low price.
Best Pack For An Overnighter
Mountain Equipment Ogre 33
Sometimes, you just don’t need a 60-liter pack, especially if you’re not taking multi-day trips. The Mountain Equipment Ogre 33 is a great option for the overnight camper, or if you’re looking for a versatile option that can double as a daypack or if you need something to haul your gear to the beach for an afternoon. It’s lightweight, and while it has enough room for a sleeping bag, tent, and the essential gear for an overnighter, you can also compress this thing down to about 20 liters for shorter day trips. Plus, the $110 price tag makes it an affordable, versatile option for people who like to have multiple pack options hanging up in the garage.