So you're here looking for the best hiking backpack under 100 dollars – but what does that really mean? Well, the big question is how are you going to use it?
For some people, hiking is a simple afternoon out to see a waterfall. For others, it's a multi-day trek into the wilderness.
We have an easy solution for this conundrum, we're going to cover it all.
From lightweight, to heavy duty, mini to multi-day, we're going to look at the important features that make a great hiking backpack. We'll also compare some of the hiking backpacks that are available in this affordable price range.
We'll look at quality of materials, design features, comfort, weight and practicability so you get the best value on the hiking backpack that's right for you.
We get it. Not everyone has hundreds of dollars to sink into an expensive backpack. We don't spend our money lightly either. The trick is knowing when you can go cheaper, and when cutting corners is a bad idea.
Some of the big backpacks, and the brand name ones and the ones with fancy features can get expensive really fast. The truth is, if a backpack is well made and suits your needs, you can get a lot of functionality and mileage out of a budget friendly backpack.
That's not to say quality isn't important, it is. But this is about finding a quality backpack at a reasonable price.
While we do note our favorites, every backpack on this list is worthy of consideration. Ultimately the only best hiking backpack is the one that's best for you.
Let's get started.
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Budget Hiking Backpack Buying Guide - Part 1
How to Choose the Right Backpack
How are you going to use the backpack?
Is this backpack strictly for hiking, or is it going to be your carry-all around town as well? You might need to look for extra durability, lockable zippers and a rip-stop type of material for that extra layer of security if, besides hiking, you're hopping buses or taking it to concerts.
What kind of environments, hot? Rainy? Snowy? are you likely to be dragging it through? If you live in Seattle, or somewhere equally rainy, you might want to make sure it's waterproof, or get a rain cover. Also, check whether the zippers are covered or exposed. If you're using it in a hot environment, is it well set for ventilation so you don't end up with a sweaty back?
What sort of things do you need to carry? If you usually have a change of clothes, you'll want fabric that's at least water resistant to protect them. If you have a lot of small items you may want a lot of organizational pockets.
To find the best hiking backpack that's right for you, you need to determine just what your needs really are. Think about it. If you could have everything you wanted in a backpack (besides it being pre-filled with money), what would that look like? How would it make your life easier?
What are the features you want in your perfect backpack?
How long are your hiking trips?
There's a big difference between the perfect backpack for a day hike, a long weekend and a two-week trail adventure. Most of this relates to size, but access to facilities matters, too.
What we're looking to do is have the backpack reduce your burden as much as possible.
I have a backpack that I carry my (too big) laptop in. With the other stuff in the bag, it's quite heavy, but the minute I put it on my shoulders, it's weight is like nothing and I can carry it easily for long periods of time. The well-padded shoulder straps and the way it positions on my body take all the strain away. That's what a good backpack does.
A good backpack can make your day(s) of hiking much easier and more enjoyable.
How often are you going to use it?
Every day? Once a week? Once a month? Once or twice a year?
As your frequency of usage goes up, the scale tips more toward durability being a priority factor. You might choose a bag that weighs a few more ounces if it's made of tougher stuff.
Only occasional usage? A lighter bag may be fine and serve you for years.
In shopping for the best hiking backpack, you'll have to decide which features are most important to you and the way you're going to use it.
Best Hiking Backpack Under 100 Reviews
We've got some very nice backpacks in this category, great quality for a reasonable price.
For the purposes of this category, we're considering hiking to be a 1 day activity, or multiple days where you stay at accommodations in-between, not camping and carrying all of your provisions. We cover larger packs for longer hikes later on.
These are the perfect packs for that adventure out to a waterfall, to go searching for a hidden cave or to carry a few days' worth of necessities when you go trekking to find orangutans in Borneo.
Most of these are a moderate size that can easily pull double-duty to be used as a daily pack as well.
The Patagonia Arbor Classic 25L is the largest of the packs we're sharing in this section. It's roomy main compartment is perfect for a long weekend of trekking and adventuring.
Normally we're not fans of the drawstring top, but with the large top panel (that has its own pocket on the underside), our concerns for this kind of closure are assuaged. In fact, the fabric on the Arbor Classic is specially treated and highly water resistant in case you get caught in an unexpected storm.
This is the best hiking backpack when you need a little more…a little more room, a little more rain protection, and I'll say it, a little more style.
Available in 6 Colors
There's a reason Osprey is one of the leading backpack brands out there and the Daylite Plus is no exception. It's a solid bag with plenty of space, and pockets, for a day, or two, worth of clothes, snacks and necessities.
There's an ongoing issue with the side mesh pockets not holding water bottles well. Some people have fixed it themselves, but most just use the internal hydration space. We still think this deserves to be at the top of the best daypack for hiking list.
The side compression straps do a great job to help balance and constrain this pack when it's near full, making for improved balance and fit. Overall, this bag is just right for a day hike or a weekend getaway.
Available in 6 colors.
Durable but lightweight, this Mystery Ranch In-and-Out backpack delivers better on every level than you'd expect from a pack that folds into itself.
A minimalist backpack in bulk, the In-and-Out pack has compression straps, attachment loops, two external pockets and contoured shoulder straps. It doesn't skimp on the features you need. The materials and workmanship are top notch all around.
Like with the Osprey, there are complaints with the water bottle holders, but there are ways around that.
I'm not going to lie, Tim and I are both salivating, trying to find a way to justify adding this to our repertoire of luggage, but without a laptop sleeve – for us, it falls just a little short. If that's not an issue for you though, this is a great hiking backpack and the fact that it folds in on itself makes it immensely practical. For us, this is a close runner-up to the Osprey.
Four Colors Available - The orange (adobe) one is totally cool, sorry that pic isn't available to us.
We really like the Miwok 18 from Gregory. The shoulder straps and hip belt are nicely padded without being overdone which will deter sweatiness in warm weather. The design is nicely sleek without a million things hanging off of it while still offering plenty of places to put your things.
You're not going to run out of space with the Miwok 18, but the hydration pocket could use some improvement. The mesh flat-carry outside pocket is perfect to hold an emergency rain cover for itself, or a rain poncho for you – or even the trail map, if you still use paper.
2 Colors Available
Backpack Sizes – Men's, Women's, Unisex
There's been an increase in the number of women's backpacks and you may be wondering what the difference is.
The difference lies not only in size, but in the shape of parts like curved shoulder straps and features like being a little narrower and more contoured padding in the hip belt. These are great accommodations for people whom the standard men's or unisex backpacks are bulky, cumbersome or unbalanced.
The truth is, though, as with everything size-related, just because there are backpacks ergonomically designed for women, doesn't mean all women should be using a women's backpack.
Ultimately, the size of backpack you choose should be based on the length of your torso.
Don't get hung up on the labels men's, women's and unisex. Get the backpack that's the right size for you.
At this point, I'm going to refer you to REI's guide on How to Size and Fit a Backpack. This article has information and diagrams on how to measure your torso and is a great resource.
Also, if you have an REI store near you, I can highly recommend getting a (one-time, lifetime) membership, if you don't already have one. As a member, can schedule a personalized fit appointment to make sure you get the best fitting pack possible.
Best Women's Daypack for Hiking Under 100 Reviews
Of course, we look for the same durability and intelligent construction in the best women's daypack, but we're also looking for design that takes a woman's shape into consideration. We're using the same scale as above for considerations of a 1-2 day hike.
Women's backpacks aren't for all women, but they fill a gap for a number of women that previously went ignored in the creation of outdoor gear. Measurements, shape and proportion all play a role, though torso length is the most important factor. (See the info box below.)
If you shop petite when you buy clothes, or just generally find men's and unisex backpacks to be uncomfortable and bulky, then a women's backpack might be right for you.
Have a look at these great women's daypacks for hiking.
Once again the Osprey wins our favor for its intelligent design. The Skimmer 22 is pretty awesome.
Things like the removable hip belt and suspension that provides good airflow while centering the load on your back make this a very functional bag.
On top of that, the Osprey Skimmer includes the hydration reservoir and has a magnetic catch to hold the hydration tube mouthpiece in a convenient place while you hike. How cool is that?
There are plenty of spots to hang trekking poles, add carabiners, or stuff your windbreaker. It's the perfect size for a full day, or overnight trek.
This hiking companion will do the thing that all great backpacks do – make you forget it's there.
The Gregory Sula 24 is one of the few packs where we can truly compliment the side mesh water bottle holders.
Add to that the highly ventilated suspension system and moisture-wicking mesh and you don't have to worry about your back getting all sweaty on your hike.
When it's packed full with hydration bladder and all, it can be difficult to get to the bottom of the bag, but this a small drawback since most everything is more easily accessible in practical pockets up top.
The shoulder straps are die-cut to accommodate a woman's shape, and the sternum strap is likewise female body considerate.
This Gregory is a great all-around pack that you won't regret.
This sleek, sturdy Gregory Maya hiking backpack works especially well for somewhat shorter/petite people. At 16L it's compact but still plenty of pack for a day out. It does an excellent job of reducing strain by utilizing efficient weight distribution across the pack.
The Maya pack has everything you need, and nothing you don't.
The hip-belt pockets are generously sized to keep your snacks, sunglasses, gloves and hat at your fingertips. This pack is all about efficiency.
The Gregory Maya 16 even has an integrated safety whistle – never a bad idea. (Tim carries a whistle all the time, I lost mine, but still think it's a good idea.)
This is one of those hiking packs with a lot of nifty features that actually do some good.
First, the space that holds the hydration pack is also entirely suitable to carrying a laptop without becoming bulky and uncomfortable.
Second, the contoured shoulder straps are women-specific for extra comfort.
Third, the hip belt is both comfortable, and removable.
The hydro system is built-in, efficient and easy to use, making this backpack perfect for a day of trekking or trail running.
Budget Hiking Backpack Buying Guide - Part 2
How to Choose the Right Backpack
Do you need a hydration pack?
Obviously this is a bigger issue for long treks or hiking in hot weather.
Many backpack makers have dual purposed the padded sleeve. It can hold either a water bladder, or a laptop – though never both. They're definitely a bad mix.
If you like to use a water bladder, just make sure the sizes are compatible, though this shouldn't be too difficult. Otherwise, make sure that the backpack accommodates whatever hydration system you use – even if that's simply having a water bottle pocket. Never go hiking without proper hydration.
And if you're diabetic, make sure you also have a sweet drink with you, too. Exercise can make your blood sugar drop quickly.
Carrying a Laptop?
Speaking of laptops, do you need this backpack to carry yours? Do you plan to stop in the woods to write purple prose about the grandeur of a tree, or wax poetic about the stark beauty of the desert? That's fine, but…
…not all hiking backpacks have laptop sleeves. Make sure you get one that fits your laptop and that it's well padded. These things can take a beating and you want your laptop well protected.
What size backpack do you need? Lay it out
First, get very critical with your gear. What do you really need? Get rid of anything you don't.
Once that's narrowed down, lay it out, organize it, and stack it how you might if you were putting it in the pack. Take measurements and pictures. This should give you a good idea of the size pack you need.
What you want is for the backpack to be not-quite-full. Leave room for those last minute things, like a sun hat or some beef jerky. This will also leave space if you like to collect pine cones or baby armadillos on your treks.
No, don't. Put the baby armadillo back and we won't say anything.
Best Multi-Day Hiking Backpack Under 100 Reviews
How much you need in a multi-day backpack depends on a lot of things. If you were traveling around the world, staying in hostels or hotels, we'd say try not to carry anything over 55L. However, we're talking about the best hiking backpacks and if you're taking a multi-day trip into the wilderness, your needs will be different.
You'll have to include capacity for food, water, pack stove, sleeping bag and other camping essentials – thus possibly needing a significantly larger bag.
Then again, you could be doing a long continuous hike with accommodation at each stopping point and you can rely on something more moderate.
Don't worry, we've found a range of sizes suitable for longer trips – all in hiking backpacks under 100 bucks. Have a look.
A little chunkier than most daypacks, the Kelty Redtail 27 is perfect when you need a little more, but not one of the massive hiking packs. There's plenty of space for extra clothes, or a blanket, with a dual purpose laptop or hydration bladder sleeve.
The back and shoulder strap padding on this Kelty Redwing is plush and comfy, and this internal frame hiking backpack does a good job of distributing the weight across your back. It's a comfortable carry that will let you travel a long way while feeling little burden.
2 Colors Available
One of the coolest features of the Mountainsmith Mayhem 45 is the large, asymmetrical zipper that makes access to your gear deep in the big central compartment easy-peasy.
In fact, all of the pockets on this hiking backpack are well thought out. From canted water bottle pockets to extra deep side pockets, a large mesh stash site on the front, and easy-access on top, you're going to be able to lay out your gear in the most convenient way possible.
Even the hip-belt boasts a pocket large enough to carry your cell phone so it's within your reach at all times.
This is one smart backpack designed by people who love backpacking – and pockets.
This Jansport Katahdin 50L has an adjustable suspension system that accommodate a large sizing range – 13-19" torso, which makes it available to a lot of hikers.
The sleek, simple design is great for hiking through brush and tree-filled terrain that might try to snag backpacks with lots of straps. It's wonderful in its simplicity.
The large central chamber holds a lot of clothes and gear making the Katahdin ideal for longer trips or when you just need to carry more. The materials and craftsmanship are aces on this affordable hiking backpack. Few packs can pull off this size, great quality and a great price which is why it's our top hiking backpack for under 100.
The 70L model is also available if you need it.
The 70L is perfect for those big trip when you don't have a big budget, though expect it to be a little more than the under 100 range we discuss here.
This 36L Mountainsmith Bugaboo backpack is equipped with hypalon-reinforced loops for A-frame ski carry – for those of you who enjoy cold, snowy places. Brrr.
One of the nice features is that the hip belt, while not removable, can be tucked away when it's not needed. A nice compromise for those who rarely use them.
This is a limited edition, 80's style throwback for Mountainsmith's 40th Anniversary Celebration. This is a nice mid-size lightweight hiking backpack perfect for a few days trip or some snow time.
The price fluctuates a bit, so if you check the latest price and it doesn't quite fit our under 100 category, we apologize. But it shouldn't be too far off.
Available in 2 Colors
Best Backpack Under 100 - Urban Adventurer and Multi-Purpose
While a number of the daypacks and 1-2 day hiking backpacks above can double as city and commuter backpacks, we thought these were pretty cool, too.
Of course we're still looking for durability and functionality, but different details may become important, some more, some less.
These backpacks are still suitable for light hiking trips, some to a greater or lesser degree, but if you're not going out hiking every weekend, you might find these packs to be good for daily needs, or that weekend trip to Vegas.
This sharp-looking North Face Recon backpack leans a little more to the urban adventure than the nature kind with a 15" laptop sleeve and removable waist-belt this is a hearty 30L bag when you need it trekking around town.
While not exclusive to, this pack caters to the bicycle commuter with "reflective bike-light loop, water bottle tabs and shoulder-strap webbing (that) creates 360 degrees of reflectivity".
Remember that waist belt? It's perfect for holding the pack tight to your body when you're leaning into those high-speed turns on two wheels. The last thing you want is a loaded backpack flinging around any which way it wants when you're riding the Tour d'Commute.
This bag also has a nice water-repellent finish, so a little rain isn't going to ruin your day.
A good all-around pack with too-small water bottle carriers, this Mystery Ranch Ridge Ruck is a convenient 17L size.
The clippable straps are plentiful but low profile, giving you plenty of places to hang things like carabiners, Hello Kitty keychains and fuzzy dice without getting caught up on every protruding branch or door handle you walk by.
The zippered side pockets in the hip belt keep necessary items within easy reach and negate the embarrassment of a fanny pack.
Yes, I'm being cheeky. You can only write about backpacks so many times without repeating yourself. Just checking to see if you're paying attention.
We love the Himalayan-inspired design of this Sherpa Yarta Adventure backpack. The quick-access, side-loading laptop sleeve doesn't hurt either.
With a natural look and intelligent design you'll be stylin' around town with this pack. The external snap pockets are perfect for holding your charging cables or portable power banks, and the large center pocket can handle anything from books to your favorite jacket.
The fold-over top and water resistant fabric protect your gear whether you're checking out street art in the alleys of Melrose during the two weeks of rainy season LA gets, or hopping from art gallery to coffee bar in Seattle. This backpack has you covered.
How to Judge Quality to Get the Best Hiking Backpack Under 100 - Part 1
What to Look for in a Great Backpack
Zippers are important.
In fact, you can take this info we're going to give you on zippers and transfer it from backpacks to jackets to luggage to pants. Our advice is this:
Never buy anything with a cheap, wimpy zipper.
Zippers are the main weak point in any closure system, because if they go bad, they're near impossible to fix. If it's cheap, it will break. It's not a matter of if, but when. And when is always at the worst possible time.
You can also assume that if a manufacturer didn't bother to install a good zipper, especially on a hiking backpack, that the rest of the item is poorly made. A good zipper is fundamental and essential to the functioning of a good backpack. If they don’t respect the zipper, they don't respect the bag.
What makes a good zipper? A good zipper is sturdy and feels solid and smooth when you move it. It should preferably be a double zipper with a good sturdy pulls. The pulls should have holes that can accommodate a lock should you ever need to use one on your backpack.
If you see reviews bashing the zipper on a product, move on to something else.
Material / Fabric for Backpacks
There are two primary factors when considering the materials a budget hiking backpack is made from.
First – is it durable? Nowadays most backpacks of any quality are made from pretty durable stuff. Tough fabrics are not hard to come by, nor are they so high-tech that they're prohibitively expensive.
The manufacturers like to give them proprietary names, but you want to look for something the equivalent of Rip-Stop, or Dura-Stop. This means that the materials has a pattern, often a grid, that stops any damage that happens from spreading further. It means that a small hole doesn't become a bigger one.
This can be especially important when you're in the back country or out on the trail. If something happens and your pack gets scraped up, it, and you, will easily be able to keep going, worry-free.
Second – is it water resistant? Some hiking backpacks come specially treated or with fabric that's more water resistant. If you're going to be using it in a potentially rainy environment, then this should be a priority.
You want a material that's going to protect the backpack's contents from a significant amount of rain. Other things to look for in the construction for rain protection include covered zippers or maybe a fold-over top. The last thing you want is to get to where you're going and not have a dry change of clothes, or for everything in your life to be soggy.
An alternative to this would be to get a rain cover for your backpack. We cover those further down the page.
If you're combining hiking or camping with kayaking or other water sports and you need it to be a truly waterproof hiking backpack, you may want to get a dry pack. There are some small- and medium-sized ones in the under 100 price range, but for larger dry bags, you might have to increase your budget a bit.
If you're concerned about rain, or full waterproofing, don't forget a waterproof bag or case for your phone that allows you to keep using it in wet conditions. These are perfect for water festivals, like Thingyan in Myanmar (aka Songkran in other parts of SE Asia), when you know you're going to get drenched – if you're really having fun.
Best Mini Backpack
A mini backpack for hiking? You can't be serious.
Oh, but we are.
Sometimes you go on mini-hikes, and you need a mini backpack. Seriously.
When I did the walking safari at Mole National Park in Ghana, it was only supposed to be a 2-hour outing. It started and ended at the ranger station and all I needed to carry in my pack was some water and a kerchief, and maybe a banana since I'd skipped anything resembling a real breakfast.
Of course, I wanted my pack to be as light as possible, so a mini backpack it was. Read on to see which one I used.
The Patagonia Atom Sling is designed so you can wear the bag in the back or front, depending on the situation you're in and your comfort preferences. It's a great size for a handful of small items, especially if you need to keep them close and secure.
While there is a phone pocket on the strap, meant to be kept up front if you're carrying the main bag on your back, it only fits the smallest of phones. If you've got a larger phone, you're probably going to have to stash it in the main compartment.
The Atom Sling works equally well for both mini, lightweight hikes and daily urban outings.
6 Colors Available
The SeaToSummit Ultrasil Daypack bundles down into its own carry-case that fits in the palm of my hand. We were using this mini backpack before we left for our world tour and it's one of the best things we've brought on our trip.
Whether it's searching for elephants in Ghana, or orangutans in Indonesia, or getting a load of drinks at the 7-11 in Thailand, this lightweight backpack does a great job. I've carried 17 bottles of water, tea and soda in the thing and it doesn't quite. I've never felt like the seams were stressed or that the material might fail. It's ultra-thin, and ultra-strong.
You can see it filled to capacity in our Travel Gear Gift Guide – it's the first item.
There's a firmly snapped loop that makes it perfect for clipping to a carabiner, using as a keychain or hooking to a belt loop. The only drawback is, if you don't want to carry it as a dongle, it can be bulky in your pocket. If you have cargo pockets, this is less of an issue.
If you're looking for a minimalist backpack, this 10L Osprey Arcane Small Daypack has to be on the best minimalist backpack list.
Not a lot of excess pockets, no external clips or gewgaws, this mini backpack is sleek and efficient, and kind of forces you to be, too. For some, that's a good thing. Have you ever had so many pockets you couldn't find anything? The Osprey Arcane solves that problem.
It has a laptop sleeve for a 13" computer and one of its coolest efficiency features in the pocket in the front of the strap. It's just right for carrying ID, keys, a little cash or your favorite good luck charm.
Yes, it'll handle a short hike, and do it in minimalist backpack style, too.
Yes, this cute little 7L Fjallraven Re-Kanken Mini Backpack is also an efficient small hiking backpack and holds more than you'd expect.
The construction is sturdy and the pockets are convenient. You can easily stuff the few items you need for a mini-hike into this backpack. The dual carry handle gives a comfortable alternative way to tote the pack and it's easy to put on and remove.
This pack does have a limited strap length, however, and might not work as a backpack for people of larger stature. But if you need a petite backpack for hiking, or shopping, this is a stylish one to get.
9 Colors Available
How to Judge Quality to Get the Best Hiking Backpack Under 100 - Part 2
What to Look for in a Great Backpack
Padding on your Hiking Backpack
Good shoulder padding is one of the primary factors in whether a backpack is comfortable. Nice cushy shoulder pads go a long way to making that heavy load easier to bear. That too-heavy backpack I carry so easily that I mentioned earlier? It has exquisite shoulder pads and that's part of its magic.
But that's not the only padding you need to be aware of.
There's padding on the back. This you generally want something that's supported by an internal board or stiffener and that's breathable, often webbed. These two factors keep the pack from resting completely against your back and creating a big sweaty mess.
Soft padding can feel nice, but firm padding carries a lot of function with it, too.
Your pack may also come with a hip belt and this should be padded for your comfort. Sometimes it will have pockets within the padding, giving you a place to put your sunglasses, phone, or a snack. These added pockets to the hip padding are ideal.
Also, if you are carrying a laptop, make sure the pocket for that is well-padded. It's a backpack, you're on the move, stuff happens. You don't want your laptop to pay the price for an accidental slip or moment of carelessness.
The one downside to padding is that it adds weight to the pack. If it's well-placed and makes the pack more comfortable, it's well worth it, but if you're going for an ultralight backpack you may have to forego some of the comfort that cushy padding provides.
Backpack Layout – Compartments, Pockets, Loops, Hooks and Straps
Remember when we said to lay out your stuff to check for the proper size? If you did that, you should also have a good idea of the kind of compartments you need.
So, do you carry lots of small stuff, or is a large central space a good thing for you?
If you get a bag with one big compartment, especially if it's over 40L, you might want to consider using packing cubes to help keep things organized.
If you carry a lot of small stuff and you choose a backpack with a lot of accommodating small compartments and pockets, one of your biggest challenges is going to be remembering where you put everything. Tim loves his pockets, but finding which one he put something in can take some time.
Having a quick access pocket, often at the top of the backpack, can be very helpful for managing your keys, snacks or phone. Some of these can be very small, though, so make sure it's big enough to carry what you want to put in it.
Depending on what kind of hiking you're doing, the best hiking backpack might have all sorts of loops, hooks and straps to hang your gear from. These can be good to carry a light jacket, trekking poles, water bottles and the like.
But beware, a backpack with a lots of straps and hooks is also one that gets hung up on things easily. It can be a challenge to cut through narrow spaces, or in terrain with lots of branches that might snag. Also, if you plan to use this as a multi-purpose backpack, getting through dense urban areas or a security checkpoint can be more bothersome with lots of things hanging off the backpack.
Best Backpack Rain Cover Reviews
Backpack rain covers are fairly simple things. They fit around your pack, snug tight and keep it, and the contents as dry as possible. The trick is, finding the one that fits your bag well.
Pay attention to the size guides, they'll keep you on track. There's a chance that one brand will fit better than another, and if you have the opportunity to test them out, by all means, do so.
But overall, any of these rain covers should do a good job of keeping your backpack dry and in good shape.
The size ranges for the Osprey Ultralight Rain Cover range from 40L-110L, which is great for anyone with a medium to large bag.
The fabric is Rip-stop and it folds down easily into its own little carrying case.
This Rain cover also has a wrap-around cinch with hip-belt and harness attachment to make sure it doesn't blow off in a strong wind.
All around, a smart design.
The SeaToSummit Nylon Pack Cover comes in 3 sizes covering packs from 30L-95L, and 3 color options.
Much like the mini-backpack from SeaToSummit that we raved about in the last section, this rain cover folds up into its own stuff sack that will fit in the palm of your hand.
While a little limited in the size range they cover, we can recommend SeaToSummit based on their use of good materials and their great craftsmanship.
The Gregory Pro Rain Cover has a few really nice features.
First, it comes in 5 sizes, covering a range from 20L-100L backpacks. It also comes in 2 colors. This might seem frivolous, but one is gray, the other is orange. It's a matter of visibility. Do you want stealth, or do you want to make sure your fellow hikers (or mostly blind husband) can see you? Consider this carefully.
The Gregory Pro also has its own carry case. It's attached, so you can't lose it.
Also, since you're wearing the pack, it can't necessarily keep out 100% of the rain, there's a drainage panel at the bottom so if a little water does get in, the bottom of your bag won't be soaking in it.
Finally, like the Osprey, this one also attaches to your pack to keep the wind from blowing it off. The Gregory Pro seems to have everything and to be the best backpack rain cover choice overall.
We hope this guide has helped you find the best hiking backpack under 100 that's right for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to leave them in the comment section.
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