Choosing the backpack that is most suitable for your needs can be challenging, but we have broken down the most important aspects of the top rated women’s specific backpacking packs to consider. Side by side, we have charted and discussed the strengths and weaknesses of comfort, weight, suspension, ease of use, adjustability, and organization.
Light and Fast
Light and fast is another style of backpacking, and it entirely opposes the slow and steady leisure hiker. This style is very concerned with weight and the ability to cover distances either over a short or long time frame. This hiker may sacrifice some luxuries in the name of carrying a lighter weight pack and less gear. Whether hiking 50 miles in 5 days or 2000 miles in 5 months, this hiker pays most attention to weight and suspension in order to remain comfortable and unrestrained for going the distance. Models like the Osprey Aura 60 and the Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 – Women’s are suitable options for the light and fast backpacker.
And then there are thru-hikers, who backpack over long distances over an extended period of time, typically from the start to end of a particular trail such as the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. Like the light and fast style, the thru-hiker is typically aware of gear weight. This style requires more preparation and planning than a leisurely trip, or even a weeklong trip. Thru-hikers tend to seek simplicity and organizational capabilities with great suspension, as the packs will be worn for an extended period of time. In regards to the women’s specific backpacking pack review, the Osprey Aura or the Osprey Ariel 65 are worthy thru-hiker options.