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The type of trip you are planning not only determines your packing list… but what type of bag you’re packing. To help you plan your next adventure we’ve gone ahead and selected the best backpacks for each type of trip. Check them out below.
JanSport High Stakes – $52 CAD
Who hasn’t had a JanSport backpack at some point in their life? For strolling down foreign streets and popping into cafes and tourist hotspots, you need something minimalist, super lightweight, and reliable. The JanSport High Stakes not only has all these qualities, but also comes in what seems like a million different pattern and colour combinations.
Herschel Supply Co. Britanna Messenger – $89.99 CAD
Herschel Supply Co.’s Trail Britanna Messenger is perfect for the business traveller, with the option to be carried as a briefcase, backpack or shoulder bag, the transformative Trail Britannia messenger is a versatile and durable travel companion. Not only does it feature concealed backpack straps, it also has a padded 15″ laptop sleeve, zippered internal mesh pockets and a key clip to stay organized on the go.
JanSport Bishop – $104 CAD
Another JanSport showing, and for good reason. The Bishop has two insulated cooler pockets that hold up to 8 cans, or 3L of hydration. It’s roomy enough to not only fit all your beach gear and snacks, but to keep them cool, too!
Herschel Supply Co. Little America – $109.99 CAD
Herschel Supply Co.’s Little America backpack is the perfect bag for a weekend getaway—it fits plenty while maintaining minimalism, style, and convenience. The Little America takes its design from classic mountaineering style and adapts it to modern functionality with a padded laptop sleeve and a media pocket with a headphone port, drawstring closure, and nearly 50 colour combinations to pick from.
The North Face Cinder 55 – $159 CAD
If legendary free-solo climber Alex Honnold says the Cinder 55 is the best The North Face pack he’s ever used, that’s a pretty strong commendation. Designed specifically for climbing, this pack is constructed to stand up on its own for easy loading, and to take serious pummelling on the crag.
The women’s specific Osprey Tempest 9, or the Osprey Talon 11 for men, are the perfect minimalist, lightweight packs for running, cycling, hiking, or pretty much any adventurous jaunt. A special helmet attachment system gives cyclists a place to store their helmets, and the packs have enough pockets, plus a panel bungee web, to organize all gear. With a trekking pole attachment system and a hydration pocket, these packs have everything adventurous travellers need in a very small package.
Arc’teryx Altra 75 – $550 CAD
The Altra packs are a great option for men, with a load transfer disc that allows for greater agility and stability on rough terrain. Its pear shape is designed to hold the pack closer to the body, minimizing load movement and backward pull, helping you be on the trail longer. With internal hydration pockets, a U-shaped zipper for easy access, wingman pockets for accessing gear without having to take the pack off, and a fully removable top lid, the Altra is a perfect multi-day trip solution.
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