Ultimate Backpack Compendium

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While researching for my backpack I found there was a serious issue when really looking to compare backpacks to each other and to see at a glance what they offered and what they didn’t have.

I took it then as a sign from the hiker trash gods that I should take the time to consolidate as many options as I can find into a single reference for myself and others to be able to find the right match as a glance instead of pouring hours into a search.

If you find I am missing something please just contact me and let me know and I will work to add, if you have a link to the product it will help me make sure to grab all the best content from the vendor themselves!

If looking for additional gear we have a full list of our compendiums over here.

BrandName (Click for Price)Price (Starts)Lead TimeLiterPack Weight (oz)Load Range (lbs)ClosureFrame?ColorsFabricSizing: SmallSizing: MediumSizing: TallWater Resistance RatingHydration SleeveSide PocketsHip BeltHip Belt PocketsBack PocketShoulder Strap WidthFit in Airplane Carry On
Outdoor VitalsShadowlight 45https://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=7e589116-9b06-4f1d-beee-aa18820b0454&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Foutdoorvitals.com%2Fproducts%2Fshadowlight-ultralight-backpacking&ctc=backpack-compendiumHerehttps://nomadhiker.com/shadowlight-ultralight-backpack-review//$199.97None Listed4530.5Up to 35lbs+Roll Top Zipper Front24" (vertical) Aluminum AlloyDark Blue ArcticSpectra / Robic ripstop fabricUnder 18"18.0" - 21.0"22.0" +WP Rating 1500mm HHYes, Removable4 Side PocketsUnlisted1 Each Hipbelt2 Split Vertical StretchUnlisted
Outdoor VitalsShadowlight 60https://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=7e589116-9b06-4f1d-beee-aa18820b0454&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Foutdoorvitals.com%2Fproducts%2Fshadowlight-ultralight-backpacking&ctc=backpack-compendiummHerehttps://nomadhiker.com/shadowlight-ultralight-backpack-review/$199.97None Listed6031.5Up to 35lbs+Roll Top Zipper Front24" (vertical) Aluminum AlloyDark Blue ArcticSpectra / Robic ripstop fabricUnder 18"18.0" - 21.0"22.0" +WP Rating 1500mm HHYes, Removable4 Side PocketsUnlisted1 Each Hipbelt2 Split Vertical StretchUnlisted
Hilltop PacksRaven UL Backpackhttp://partners.hilltoppacks.com/179351/10882/url_19508None Currently$285.00None Listed3514
Hilltop PacksRaven UL Backpackhttp://partners.hilltoppacks.com/179351/10882/url_19508None Currently$285.00None Listed4014
Hilltop PacksRaven UL Backpackhttp://partners.hilltoppacks.com/179351/10882/url_19508None Currently$285.00None Listed4514
HMG2400 SOUTHWESThttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fproducts%2F2400-southwest&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$320.0040
HMG2400 WINDRIDERhttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fproducts%2F2400-windrider&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$320.0040
HMG2400 JUNCTIONhttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fproducts%2F2400-junction&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$320.0040
HMG3400 SOUTHWESThttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fcollections%2F3400-series-55-liter-hiking-backpacks%2Fproducts%2F3400-southwest&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$355.0055
HMG3400 WINDRIDERhttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fcollections%2F3400-series-55-liter-hiking-backpacks%2Fproducts%2F3400-windrider&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$355.0055
HMG3400 JUNCTIONhttps://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=el&merchant_id=47cd1998-e608-4548-aa0f-3d33e964ad3a&website_id=54c6c2b4-eade-4a82-b6c7-cbbf294dafc5&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hyperlitemountaingear.com%2Fcollections%2F3400-series-55-liter-hiking-backpacks%2Fproducts%2F3400-junction&ctc=backpack-compendiumNone Currently$355.0055
PBD UltralightTRAILPACK27https://pbd-ultralight.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/pbd-2-8-heavy-duty-trailpack-frameless-hiking-backpack-robic-420d-coyote-brownNone Currently$155.0027
PBD UltralightTRAILPACK40https://pbd-ultralight.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/pbd-ultralight-trailpack40-grdstopblackNone Currently$220.0040
PBD UltralightTRAILPACK60https://pbd-ultralight.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/pbd-trailpack60-external-frame-hiking-ultralight-backpack-dcf-2-92-dyneema-blackNone Currently$325.0060
PBD UltralightSOOLITE34https://pbd-ultralight.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/pbd-soolite34-frameless-ultralight-hiking-backpack-dyneema%C2%AE-1-43ozNone Currently34
SWDMovement Packshttps://www.swdbackpacks.com/movement-packs-internal-frameNone Currently
SWDLong Haul Packshttps://www.swdbackpacks.com/ultralight-internal-frame-backpacksNone Currently
SWDSuperior Packshttps://www.swdbackpacks.com/ultralight-frameless-backpacksNone Currently
Nashville PackTempo Backpackhttps://nashvillepack.com/products/tempoNone Currently
Nashville PackThe Cutawayhttps://nashvillepack.com/collections/the-cutaway-packNone Currently
Atom PacksThe Nanuhttps://atompacks.co.uk/collections/the-nanuNone Currently
Atom PacksThe Atomhttps://atompacks.co.uk/collections/frontpageNone Currently
Atom PacksThe Atom+https://atompacks.co.uk/collections/atomNone Currently
Atom PacksThe Mohttps://atompacks.co.uk/collections/the-moNone Currently
Dandee PacksCustom Madehttps://www.dandeepacks.com/None Currently
Yar.gear28L Cadencehttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/28l-cadenceNone Currently28
Yar.gear28L Cadence DCFhttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/28l-prototype-dcfNone Currently28
Yar.gear38L Mountain Drifterhttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/38l-mountain-drifter-4None Currently38
Yar.gear38L Mountain Drifter DCFhttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/38l-mountain-drifter-dcf-4None Currently38
Yar.gear38L Mountain Drifter Liteskinhttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/38l-mountain-drifter-liteskinNone Currently38
Yar.gear38L Mountain Drifter XPAChttps://www.yargear.com/collections/all/products/38l-mountain-drifterNone Currently38
Waymark Gear CoMILEhttps://waymarkgearco.com/mile?ref=26None Currently
Waymark Gear CoĒVLVhttps://waymarkgearco.com/evlv?ref=26None Currently
Waymark Gear CoTHRUhttps://waymarkgearco.com/thru?ref=26None Currently
Waymark Gear CoLITEhttps://waymarkgearco.com/lite?ref=26None Currently
ULA EquipmentCATALYSThttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/catalyst/None Currently
ULA EquipmentCIRCUIThttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/circuit/None Currently
ULA EquipmentKIDS SPARKhttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/kids-spark/None Currently
ULA EquipmentOHM 2.0https://www.ula-equipment.com/product/ohm-2-0/None Currently
ULA EquipmentCDThttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/cdt/None Currently
ULA EquipmentPHOTONhttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/photon/None Currently
ULA EquipmentCAMINO 2https://www.ula-equipment.com/product/camino-2/None Currently
ULA EquipmentEPIChttps://www.ula-equipment.com/product/epic/None Currently
Minimul25Lhttps://www.minimulpacks.com/online-store/25L-p165970313None Currently
Minimul35Lhttps://www.minimulpacks.com/online-store/35L-p165968970None Currently
MLDCORE 25L | 1500 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/core-28l/None Currently
MLDBURN 38L | 2300 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/burn-38l/None Currently
MLDPROPHET 48L | 2900 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/prophet-48l/None Currently
MLDEXODUS 55L | 3500 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/exodus-57l/None Currently
MLDBURN DCF 38L | 2300 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/burn-cf-38l/None Currently
MLDPROPHET DCF 48L | 2900 CIhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/prophet-cf-48l/None Currently
MLDHELL 27Lhttps://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/hell-27l/None Currently
Granite GearCrown2 60https://www.granitegear.com/outdoor/backpacks/multi-day-backpacks/crown2-series-packsNone Currently
Granite GearBlaze 60https://www.granitegear.com/outdoor/backpacks/multi-day-backpacks/blaze-60-series-packsNone Currently
Gossamer GearMariposa 60https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/mariposa-60-lightweight-backpack?variant=29560217484None Currently
Gossamer GearGorilla 50https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/gorilla-50?variant=32461736181814None Currently
Gossamer GearG4-20https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/g4-20-42-ultralight-backpack?variant=30858667786294None Currently
Gossamer GearKumo 36https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/kumo-36-superlight-backpack?variant=33020534718518None Currently
Gossamer GearMurmur 36https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/murmur-36-hyperlight-backpack?variant=30213283788None Currently
Gossamer GearMinimalist 24 Daypackhttps://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/minimalist-24-daypack?variant=30213284684None Currently
Chicken TramperCTUG-15 Fast Packhttps://chickentrampergear.com/collections/ultralight-backpacks/products/ctug-15-fast-pack-day-packNone Currently
Chicken TramperCTUG-25 Day Packhttps://chickentrampergear.com/collections/ultralight-backpacks/products/ctug-25-day-packNone Currently
Chicken TramperCTUG-35 Liter Ultralight Backpackhttps://chickentrampergear.com/collections/ultralight-backpacks/products/ctug-35-liter-ultralight-backpackNone Currently
Chicken TramperCTUG-45 Liter Ultralight Backpackhttps://chickentrampergear.com/collections/ultralight-backpacks/products/ctug-45-liter-ultralight-backpackNone Currently
LiteAF30L CURVE – CUSTOMhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/30l-curve-custom-pack/None Currently
LiteAF35L CURVE – CUSTOMhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/35l-curve-custom-pack/None Currently
LiteAF40L CURVE – CUSTOMhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/40l-curve-custom-pack/None Currently
LiteAF40L CURVE – FULL SUSPENSION CUSTOMhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/40l-curve-full-suspension/None Currently
LiteAF46L CURVE – FULL SUSPENSION CUSTOMhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/46l-curve-full-suspension/None Currently
LiteAFCURVE X30Lhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/curve-x30l/None Currently
LiteAFCURVE X35Lhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/curve-x35l/None Currently
LiteAFCURVE X40Lhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/curve-x40l/None Currently
LiteAFCURVE X40L FULL SUSPENSIONhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/curve-x40l-full-suspension/None Currently
LiteAFCURVE X46L CURVE FULL SUSPENSIONhttps://liteaf.com/ultralight-packs/curve-x46l-full-suspension/None Currently
Pa'lanteultralighthttps://palantepacks.com/None Currently
Pa'lantev2https://palantepacks.com/None Currently
Pa'lantedesert packhttps://palantepacks.com/None Currently
Pa'lantejoeyhttps://palantepacks.com/None Currently
Alum EquipmentBeta Baghttps://www.alumequipment.com/product-page/beta-bag-1None Currently
AllMansRightLiten Lite x Cordurahttps://allmansright.com/collections/ultralight-accessories/products/copy-of-eco-liten-35None Currently
AllMansRightEco Liten 35https://allmansright.com/collections/ultralight-accessories/products/eco-x-liten-35None Currently
SMDWy'east Daypackhttps://www.sixmoondesigns.com/collections/30l-backpacks/products/wyeast-daypackNone Currently
SMDFLIGHT 30https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/collections/30l-backpacks/products/flight-30-ultraNone Currently
SMD2018 Flight 30 ULhttps://www.sixmoondesigns.com/collections/30l-backpacks/products/2018-flight-30-ulNone Currently
Northern UltralightSundownhttps://www.northernultralight.com/store/sundownNone Currently
ZpacksArc Air 50L DCF Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-air-50l-backpack?variant=32485546459172?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Air 50L ROBIC Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-air-50l-robic-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Air 60L ROBIC Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-air-60l-robic-backpack?variant=39261720379428?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Air Zip 62L ROBIC Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-air-zip-62l-robic-backpack?variant=39262287069220?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksWomen's Arc Scout 50L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-scout-backpack-dcf-fabric?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Blast 55L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-blast-backpack?variant=9215555665956?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Haul 62L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-haul-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Zip 57L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-zip-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksArc Haul Zip 64L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/arc-haul-zip-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksSub-Nero 30L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/sub-nero-30l-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksSub-Nero 30L ROBIC Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/sub-nero-30l-robic-backpack?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksNero 38L Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/nero-backpack?variant=9249500332068?aff=70None Currently
ZpacksNero 38L ROBIC Backpackhttps://zpacks.com/products/nero-38l-robic-backpack-1?aff=70None Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Markshttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---marks.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Loweryhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---lowry.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Wallacehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---wallace.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Auxierhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---auxier.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Oranhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---oran.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - McGlothinhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---mcglothin.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Ivenshttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---ivens.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Fisherhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---fisher.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Mahanhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---mahan.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Cameronhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---cameron.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Cam DayPackhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---cam-daypack.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Eaglehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---eagle.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Jacksonhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---jackson.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Smeadhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---smead.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Johanssonhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---johansson.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Erskinehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---erskine.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Crofthttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---croft.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - McBridehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---mcbride.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Sternhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---stern.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Gowlerhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---gowler.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Hallhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---hall.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Chunhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---chun.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Wonghttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---wong.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltEugenius Pack - Brownhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/eugenius-pack---brown.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - mandujanohttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---mandujano.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Gibsonhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---gibson.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Heinhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---hein.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - HKN3https://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---hkn3.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - McGlohonhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---mcglohon.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Rudnickihttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---rudnicki.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Rudnicki 2https://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---rudnicki-2.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Kinzelhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---kinzel.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltHammock Pack - Bowdinehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/hammock-pack---bowdine.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Dirksehttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---dirkse.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltHalfDOme - Mitolhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/halfdome---mitol.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltEugenius - Kekoahttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/eugenius---kekoa.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltHammock Pack - Vininghttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/hammock-pack---vining.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Huffhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---huff.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltHalfDome - Carmeanhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/halfdome---carmean.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltHammock Pack - Gusmushttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/hammock-pack---gusmus.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Gusmushttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---gusmus.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Schmidthttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---schmidt.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Schmidt IIhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---schmidt-ii.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB1 - Andrewshttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb1---andrews.htmlNone Currently
ZimmerbuiltZB2 - Paulsenhttps://www.zimmerbuilt.com/zb2---paulsen.htmlNone Currently
allmansrightEco Liten 35https://allmansright.com/collections/ultralight-accessories/products/eco-x-liten-35None Currently$240.00
allmansrightLiten Lite x Cordurahttps://allmansright.com/collections/ultralight-accessories/products/copy-of-eco-liten-35None Currently$220.00