Our top reviewed backpack on the market right now for camping and hiking (taking into account both price, popularity, and brand name) is the High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack.

This decision was reached after reviewing around 20 other similar backpacks. If you are looking for just a great, general bag, not necessarily for camping or hiking, we recommend the most popular bag on the market, the JanSport Classics Series Superbreak Backpack (ad). Our top recommended hydration pack is the TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack w/ Bladder (16.5″x 10.5″x .7″, Black) (ad).

Size and Weight:

The High Sierra Tech Series Titan 55 (ad) is 29.5″ x 14″ x 8.25″ and weighs just 4.8 pounds. As the 55 denotes, the bag has a 55 liter capacity. The bag has a top load main compartment and front load sleeping bag compartment with divider, it comes with a rainfly so the bag doesn’t get soaked when you get caught in a rain storm, there is a hydration compatible reservoir sleeve, removable media pocket, zippered pockets on waist belt, and dual mesh side pockets.

Materials:

The bag is made of lightweight nylon and is PVC-free construction. The stretched-mesh back panel with Airflow system breathes so that it doesn’t get soaked with sweat from being on your back all day. The adjustable side and bottom compression straps help keep the load evenly distributed. S-Shaped Ergo-Fit shoulder strap harness with load lifters fit skinnier people and a high-density foam padded back panel gives comfort. The bag looks like it isn’t the highest quality of materials, but it actually holds up really well and you do need to use lighter weight materials in order to have a lightweight bag.

Why It’s Awesome:

We essentially chose this bag to be our #1 bag for this year because it is of very high quality and compares favorably with other top of the line hiking and camping backpacks, yet it has a very low price as the bag is a few years old now. That time has allowed for many people to try the bag and love it. If you order this bag, you will know that you are getting a tried and true product for a great price.

What Could Be Better:

Some people have complained that the bag is too big for their body frames. I’m not sure if that is a valid complaint as this bag is skinnier then most. A lot of people perhaps just aren’t used to having a large camping or hiking backpack, and so they feel like it is too big. It really needs to be the size that it is in order to accommodate all your gear, and the bag is fairly lightweight to boot! There also have been complaints about quality. The bag is made of nylon and mesh, which aren’t exactly heavy duty materials. However, the bag does hold up fairly well, especially if you are careful with it and not throwing it around or constantly rubbing it against stuff. As mentioned, you need to use light materials to get a light bag, which is what this does.

Overall:

This is a tried and tested bag that has proven to be of excellent quality. It also is available at a great price here (ad).

High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack

High Sierra Tech Series 59404 Titan 55 Internal Frame Pack
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Comfort

9/10

    Design

    10/10

      Durability

      9/10

        Pros

        • Tried and tested (rated 4.4 out of 5 over 93 reviews on Amazon)
        • Lightweight
        • Comfortable
        • Low Price

        Cons

        • Some people complain that the bag is too big for smaller framed people.
        • Materials are lightweight and don't appear that tough, but actually do hold up pretty well.