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Basin 18
$89.00
The Basin 18 is a light yet rugged daypack with trail-ready features like easy-access bottle stashes, a breathable back panel and an integrated rain cover, so you can go into any outdoor challenge with comfort and confidence.
  • External stash pocket holds bulky or quick-access items
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Large main compartment holds all your trail needs
  • Concealed rain cover deploys easily and attaches to specific points for a precise fit
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Minimal, two-point trekking-pole attachment to hold poles
  • Lightweight nylon ripstop keeps pack weight down while the rugged polyester boot provides durability where you need it
  • Two quick-access water bottle pockets
Basin 18
New Arrivals
Basin 36
$119.00
The Basin 36 is a rugged, functional daypack with trail-ready features like easy-access bottle stashes, a breathable back panel and an integrated rain cover, so you can head into the wilderness with comfort and confidence.
  • Rear lash points provide additional connectivity
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Minimal, two-point trekking-pole attachment to hold poles
  • Large main compartment holds all your trail needs
  • External stash pocket holds bulky or quick-access items and compression straps hold items in place
  • Concealed rain cover deploys easily and attaches to specific points for a precise fit
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Padded, secure-zip hipbelt pocket provides quick access to snacks and other items
  • Lightweight nylon ripstop keeps pack weight down while the rugged polyester boot provides durability where you need it
  • Two quick-access water bottle pockets
Basin 36
New Arrivals
Basin 24
$99.00
The Basin 24 is our mid-sized daypack with trail-ready durability and features like easy-access bottle stashes, a breathable back panel and an integrated rain cover, so you can go into any outdoor challenge with comfort and confidence.
  • Lightweight nylon ripstop keeps pack weight down while the rugged polyester boot provides durability where you need it
  • Two quick-access water bottle pockets
  • Hydration sleeve
  • External stash pocket holds bulky or quick-access items and compression straps hold items in place
  • Minimal, two-point trekking-pole attachment to hold poles
  • Concealed rain cover deploys easily and attaches to specific points for a precise fit
  • Large main compartment holds all your trail needs
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
Basin 24
Banchee 65 Backpack
Lightweight, full-volume backpack for comfortably hauling multi-day loads.
  • Dyno Lite System™ for adjusting the back panel on the fly without having to take the pack off
  • 65-liter capacity
  • Self-equalizing, adjustable load lifters
  • Full-trampoline back panel for breathability and comfort
  • T6 aluminum frame for superior load control and freedom of movement
  • 8+ pockets
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Lash points
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Reflective webbing for visibility
  • FlashDry™ back panel is breathable and dries fast for maximum comfort
  • Stretch side pockets provide on-the-fly water bottle access
  • Two tool keepers
  • Beaver-tail pocket for stashing gear outside of the pack for quick access or for drying clothes
Banchee 65 Backpack
Women’s Banchee 65 Backpack
The lightest pack in its category, the super-comfortable and durable Women's Banchee 65 has a women-specific fit and features self-equalizing load lifters so the pack moves with you as you hike. At the end of the day your legs will thank you.
  • Two tool keepers
  • The Dyno Lite System™ features self-equalizing, on-the-fly, adjustable load lifters
  • Stretch side pockets provide on-the-fly water bottle access
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Beaver-tail pocket allows you to stash gear outside the pack for quick access or for drying clothes
  • The patent-pending Dyno Lite System™ allows you to adjust the back panel on the fly without taking off the pack
  • Reflective webbing for enhanced visibility
  • 8+ pockets
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • T6 aluminum frame for superior load control and freedom of movement
  • Lash points
  • Full trampoline back panel with FlashDry™ is breathable and quick drying for maximum comfort
  • Lightweight IronLite™ material provides durability while reducing weight
  • The patent-pending Dyno Lite System™ allows you to adjust the back panel on the fly without having to take the pack off
  • The Dyno Lite System™ features self-equalizing, on-the-fly, adjustable load lifters
  • New full-trampoline back panel for breathability and comfort
  • T6 aluminum frame for superior load control and freedom of movement
  • 8+ pockets
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Lash points
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Reflective webbing for visibility
  • FlashDry™ back panel is breathable and dries fast for maximum comfort
  • Stretch side pockets provide on-the-fly water bottle access
  • Two tool keepers
  • Beaver-tail pocket allows you to stash gear outside of the pack for quick access or for drying clothes
Women’s Banchee 65 Backpack
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Don't be caught out on the trails in a storm with no rain jacket, on a long hike with no food or water, or without all the extras you need to set up camp for the night. Shop The North Face hiking backpacks to make sure you pack all you need.


Tough trails need tough bags



Not every hike is going to be a gentle stroll to the top of a hill for a scenic photo or two. When you want to hit challenging trails, you need to know that your bag isn't going to fail at the worst possible moment. Not to worry, each hiking backpack can take everything you can. Go ahead. Stuff your bag extra full with supplies. Take the steepest trail and head out to explore.


Day hikes to long trips



Fans of mountaineering and climbing have specialized bags, so why not pick up the best hiking backpack for your needs? Day hikers can benefit from a lightweight day hiking backpack while campers will appreciate lash points and sleeping bag storage. And if you're looking for a multi-use pack, there are plenty of bags available that can easily double as a pack to take to class, to work or the gym.

Maybe even more important than size is comfort. With a range of hiking backpack designs, you'll find comfort whatever your body type. Load Lifter packs mean weight is distributed and balanced on more than just your shoulders, so you can really settle in for the long haul. Clambering over rocks and tackling tricky sections of trail has never been as easy, even with a full pack.


Hiking Backpack FAQs




How big of a hiking backpack do I need?

  • For multi-day excursions, try a durable technical pack that is super lightweight like the Terra 55 Backpack.
  • If you're headed out on a day trip, a smaller daypack like our Top Loader DayPack is ideal for camping (or commuting) on a daily basis.
  • If you need to really go the distance, a large or extra-large backpack is built to comfortably take on larger hauls. Try the Griffin 75 Backpack on for size.

How much should hiking backpacks weigh?

A fully loaded hiking backpack should not exceed 10% of your body weight. If you're in it for the long-haul with a multi-day backpacking trip, your fully loaded pack should not exceed 20% of your body weight when you hit the trail.

Generally, we recommend picking the lightest backpack possible that meets your needs. The lighter the backpack construction, the more space there is for you to store all of your essential gear while on the go.


What kind of backpack will you bring in hiking situations?

The type of backpack you pick will depend on a few factors, namely the length of your trip, how much gear you are likely to carry, and your own personal preference regarding size and weight distribution.

  • If you tend to multitask to the max, go for a simple Top-Loader Daypack that's durable and built to handle anything life throws your way.
  • If you're looking to level up your hiking gear, go for a state-of-the-art pack that's literally built to go the distance. Plus, the top-notch Griffin 75 Backpack comes in multiple sizes so you can find the perfect fit in minutes.
  • For the young hikers in your life, we've also got plenty of options for little adventurers. Our Kids Sprout Backpack is specifically designed for toddlers who love to explore.

What color backpack for hiking is best?

When you're out in the wilderness, bright colors are a must-have if you're trekking alone. We recommend bright orange, bold red, or rich blue hues that will make you easy to spot while tackling the trailhead.

Of course, it also all comes down to style. If you're looking to move from work to the weekend with ease, a more simple color scheme (and professional daypack) may be more your thing. While we offer classic hiking packs that are built for adventure, and also have more modern hiking backpacks that are packed with functional extras with a sleek look.


I don't know how to pack a backpack. What do I do?

  • Stay on top of your essentials: make sure to keep all of the gear you need to use on repeat at the top of your back where it is easily accessible while on the move.
  • Meet in the middle with heavier gear: experts suggest storying your heaviest gear, tools, and other essentials in the middle of the pack to make it easier to distribute the weight and stay centered while on the trail.
  • Store bulky items towards the bottom: the denser gear can be stored near the bottom of your pack. From tents to your spare pair of hiking boots, store anything you don't use daily at the bottom.

Flexibility is key. Also, keep the length of your trek in mind.


I don't know how to make hiking backpacks lighter. Any tips?

  • Be wary of too much water: Monitor the amount of water you carry on your back. Try out collapsible water bottles or a portable water filter to stay hydrated on the trail.
  • Your wardrobe may weigh you down: Make sure to pack light when it comes to clothes. Multi-purpose combinations are a smart way to avoid too many layers that will weigh you down. In the winter months, one or two sets of thermal fabrics are way more valuable than a couple of t-shirts to keep you comfortable.
  • Weather is important, too: if you're hiking in the winter, prioritize thermal layers and other gear that is sure to keep you warm while on the trail.
  • Multitask with your gear: try out a tent that is super light and easy to pack up for any expedition.

I don't know how to properly wear a hiking backpack. What do I do?

  • Adjust your load as needed: many of our packs boast a patent-pending Dyno Lift System that doesn't add weight. The best part? If features self-equalizing adjustable load lifters to take unwanted weight off your shoulders.
  • Hip belts are super helpful: shop a backpack that has a comfortable molded hip belt to add a little extra support when wearing your pack.
  • Go ahead, clip it: help redistribute the weight of your gear with a sternum strap that will bring your straps closer together, and help release some tension in your neck and shoulders.

I don't know how to organize a hiking backpack. Can you help?

When organizing a hiking backpack, experts recommend the following:

  • Bottom of the pack: Store bulky gear towards the bottom of your backpack. (Make sure it's stuff you won't need access to right away)
  • Middle of the pack: then, place heavier items in the middle to better control weight distribution when you're summiting the peak.
  • Top of the pack: store the essentials you'll need to use frequently while chasing that sunset towards the top of your stuff. The key to a happy trek is hands-free access to a mid-afternoon snack, right?
  • Stay in the loop: don't forget, you can also strap any extras to the outside of your pack using additional storage loops and clips. If the weather is heating up on the trail, you can totally loop your jacket through the outside of your pack for safekeeping.

Whether you tackle the trail or your to-do list, smart storage is key.


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