Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2023, Tested and Reviewed


These are the best packs for long, overnight hiking adventures

By Lindsey Lapointe / Field & Stream

Thru hiking backpacks are made for those who embark on multi-day hikes on long trails like the Appalachian Trail (AT) or the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For thru hikers, a reliable pack that is light, durable, and has plenty of capacity for gear is critical for a successful trip. This fall, we tested everything from ultralight minimalist packs to robust, feature-specific options in order to explore the range of backpacks needed for a diverse group of hikers. Whether you’re a seasoned trailblazer or embarking on your first thru hike, this guide will help you find the perfect backpack for a long-distance journey. Here are the best thru hiking backpacks you can buy. READ MORE

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