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Osprey Packs Kestrel 48 Backpack

Pros: Off the charts in terms of comfort and versatility. Packed with features and attachments designed to store everything you may need - from hatchets to tents.

Cons: The bag's weight may not distribute properly across your body if you don't pick the right size for you.

Summary: The single best hiking backpack on the market right now. If you are a serious hiker, this is the bag for you.
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Everest Hiking Pack

Pros: Gets top remarks for its spacious interior and sturdy construction.

Cons: Too heavy and bulky for the casual -- or even intermediate -- hiker.

Summary: May be a good choice for larger hikers, but its heavy weight makes it a poor choice for those with a smaller frame.
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Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack

Pros: Engineered for comfort and ease of use; front-loading pockets are very accessible.

Cons: Fewer zippered pockets than some of the other models.

Summary: A good fit for hikers who want easy access during a hike without having to take a break.
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High Sierra Tech Series 59205 Hawk 45 Internal Fra...

Pros: A spacious main compartment and smaller storage pockets offer incredible storage capacity. Very lightweight for its size.

Cons: Due to the design of the bag, anything packed at the bottom will be buried unless it's accessed through the sleeping bag compartment.

Summary: It's hard to argue with this product's lightweight construction, but we recommend the Osprey instead.
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Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

Pros: Stands out for its sturdy construction and convenient water storage.

Cons: The zippers aren't as high quality as some of the more expensive backpacks on the market.

Summary: The best value for your money. Ideal for day hikers because of its built-in bladder and numerous features.