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When searching for the best backpack for your next hiking trip, find a pack that will accommodate your gear. You can use these general capacity guidelines to help you make the right selection:
If you’re looking for a pack to hold more gear, check out our selection of daypacks that come in a range of styles, sizes and colors.
If you’re looking for a good hiking backpack for off-trail or extreme terrain activity like backpacking and other rigorous outdoor activities, internal packs offer the type of stability, comfort and freedom of movement that you’ll need when on rough terrain. Also known as internal frame packs, internal packs feature a frame that’s integrated into the backpack and designed to fit the contours of your body. The basic difference in internal packs is the loading method.Loading Method
Top Loading Internal Packs – A top loading internal pack is generally a simpler and lighter design than some others. This form of hiking backpack tends to be more water resistant since there are fewer locations for the intrusion of water. Kelty backpacks often feature the top loading configuration.
Panel Loading Internal Packs – With large, zippered opening s, panel loading packs make loading and accessing cargo easy. Zippered closures give you the ability to find almost anything at a moment’s notice. There are several North Face backpacks that feature the convenience of panel loading.
To save time, consider a few of our helpful tips when searching for the right hiking and camping backpack: