by Diane Spicer
A backpack manufacturer list is just what you need if you're In the market for a hiking backpack.
You also need information on how to buy top notch backpacks without overspending or making a mistake.
You are probably wondering:
Which backpack company makes suitable packs?
An even better question for females:
Which brands are getting the fit and features right for women hikers?
The answer to that will put a great backpack on your back!
This backpack brand list was put together for two reasons:
An honor roll, if you will.
So let's get rolling.
Quite literally, let's call out the names of the most popular, and most reliable, backpack makers.
In alphabetical order, these brands make great packs that perform year after year in all sorts of conditions for serious hikers:
Because I've purchased packs from these companies, and have quite literally over-used the packs to the point the straps disintegrated or the stitching finally gave up:
So I've gotten the zippers full of grit, pounded mud into the back panels, hoisted the pack too many times to count, and adjusted every strap and buckle.
And if I haven't purchased and worn them myself, I've racked up lots of mileage on day hikes and backpacking trips with other hikers who have.
I know these brands!
If you're interested in lightweight or ultralight backpacking gear, you'll need to use a more specialized backpack manufacturer.
You can take my word for it, or you can go on a best backpack manufacturer hunt yourself.
Here's a strategy to use.
Look at the packs being worn by the hikers who hike the way you want to.
A fun trail activity: At a busy trail head or on a well used trail, note which brands of backpacks are being used, and by whom.
Do a search for backpacks, and note which brands come up on the gear sites.
Also note the price points, volumes, and features.
REI features customer reviews for its products. You can learn a lot about a backpack from those comments.
You can also reap at least 14 benefits from being an REI Co-op member, detailed here.
You can order these variables important to you in whatever way makes sense for your hiking and backpacking plans:
One little heads up with hiking gear reviews:
Read carefully to discern when the reviewer made a mistake with the gear (over loaded it, or perhaps didn't use the adjustment features).
Sometimes people like to vent, and it's not really about the product.
Other times, you can tell that the quality control failed.
You can start here, with Hiking For Her detailed, unbiased gear reviews.
And check out good sources of gear reviews here.
If you're about to buy a new pack, ask hikers for their opinions on high quality and good price points.
I don't mind when someone approaches me at a trail head to ask how I like my hiking gear, as long as it's done in a non-creepy manner.
Too shy to do that when you spot a veteran hiker?
Maybe you, like me, want to keep life simple.
Brand loyalty is one way to minimize your hiking planning and angst.
Another avenue to a high performance, durable backpack is to experiment with marked down, end of season clearance packs.
It might take you a few attempts, but you'll find the backpack that fits your frame and works with you on the trail.
A third route to pack nirvana:
Rent a few packs from reliable outdoor gear companies, like REI.
My intention is to build an inventory of the features peculiar to each manufacturer of backpacks.
This handy backpack brands list will answer questions:
Lots of questions, and I'll get to answering all of them eventually.
Bookmark this page and check back as I go through the hiking gear companies, one at a time, and detail what sets them apart from all the rest.
I'll tackle them alphabetically, beginning with Arc'teryx.
WooHoo! Backpack manufacturer sleuthing.
Sounds like fun, no?
Meanwhile, keep going in your quest for the perfect backpack with these shopping tips for women hikers.
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About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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