Backpacking adventures mean hiking for the majority of your day, so gear that you can stand to sport for an extended period of time is a must. Our dream gear checklist offers up the perfect trio of backpacking kits necessities- durability, style, and superior function. Our Ultimate Backpacking Kit takes stock of the essentials and brings you gear that can not only stand up to the test of time, but look darn cool doing it. So lace up your boots and strap on that pack- we’re ready for backpacking season, are you?
The difference between a death march and a glorious weekend trek may just be a supported, custom-fitted pack. Perfect for touchy backs and longer hikes, Osprey’s Aether 60 Backpack includes a LightWire peripheral frame for support and an IsoForm CM waist-belt that can be heat molded for a fully customized and comfortable fit. Osprey added a sleeping bag compartment and J-Panel access to gear along with the improved suspension. Plus, the detachable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack so you can carry all your necessities when away from base camp.