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These boots take a bit more time to break in than others, so this 25-mile hike was a bit much for them right out of the box.
Credit: Tim Johnson
Seldom is something as annoying as a backpack that just doesn't carry right. The good news is that we can help, not only with deciding what type of backpack you need, but reviews that walk you through the various types, and the pros and cons of each. Our reviews run the gamut from basic backpacks to the ultralights to the top pics for backpacking. What about best backpacks for women? Got you covered. Our dedicated team of testers has put in months of work to provide reviews you can trust.

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Best Ultralight Backpack of 2022

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Best Budget Backpacking Packs of 2022

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Best Daypacks of 2022

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Best Daypacks for Women of 2022

Best Daypacks for Women of 2022

If you're a woman in the market for a daypack, we can help. We considered 80+ different models and chose 13 of the best to rigorously test, side-by-side, for months....
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Are you in need of a new backpack for school or everyday use? Our team of reviewers independently purchased ten of the best selling backpacks to compare in series of side by side tests.
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Best Running Hydration Pack of 2022

Best Running Hydration Pack of 2022

After months of researching the most popular running packs on the market, our testers dedicated hundreds of miles in variable conditions to determine which of our 13 finalists is best.
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Best Hydration Bladder of 2022

Searching for the best hydration bladder? Our experts have personally tested today's top models for hiking, running, and climbing adventures around the world.
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Best Climbing Backpack of 2022

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Best Mountain Bike Hip Pack of 2022

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Best Messenger Bag of 2022

Best Messenger Bag of 2022

Whether you need a bag for your commute or for your job, we've taken the top 8 models and tested them in as many practical scenarios as possible.




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