A go-to hiking backpack is a must for people who like the outdoors. Generally, people look for huge capacity but there are also other features to consider. After all, it’s not all about size, right? (Wink)
We will take a closer look at the best day hiking backpack and why we think it’s the best.
With the important factors about choosing a backpack already mentioned, we will now talk about the best backpacks available in the market right now. Although not guaranteeing to be without fault, these backpacks can assure you a safe and worthwhile experience outdoors.
CamelBak Products is an outdoors equipment company best known for its hydration products and they are the leaders in hydration systems on day hiking backpacks. With that said, you can be assured that this additional feature will work flawlessly for you.
They also have what they call CamelBak Got Your Bak Lifetime Guarantee so you know that this product will definitely withstand whatever adventure you put it through and absolutely last.
The first question to ask yourself is: what size do I need? When it comes to hiking, the longer you plan to spend on the trail, the bigger pack you’ll need. Backpacks are sized by how much they can hold (volume), which is measured in liters.
The Camelbak Fourteener 24 has 22 liters of capacity and this is ideal for a 1-3-night long trip. This may not be enough size to a lot of people but you would be surprised at how many stuff it can carry.
This day hiking backpack also features an organizer pocket, quick stash overflow pocket, four point compression, sunglasses pocket, and side stretch pockets for additional capacity.
Aside from choosing the volume capacity of the pack, you’ll need to pick the right size for you (small, medium, etc…). When it comes to packs, torso length matters more than your height.To find this measurement grab a flexible tape measure and a friend. Tilt your head forward and have him feel along the base of your neck for a bony bump. This is your C7 vertebra in case you wanted to know and the top of your torso length. The bottom of your torso length is at the top of your hip bones. An easy way to find this spot is to put your hands comfortably on your hips, it’s where your thumbs point to on your back. Your torso length is the distance between these two points.
The CamelBak Fourteener 24 can fit 17-21 inches of torso height and by manufacturers’ definition, this is considered Large/Tall.Here’s a general guide for how manufacturers determine the size of the backpack:Extra Small: up to 15 ½”Small: 16″ to 17½”Medium/Regular: 18″ to 19½”Large/Tall: 20″ and up
The last thing you should try to cut weight on is the pack itself. I made this mistake when I bought an ultralight pack and tried it out on an overnight trip. The super thin straps dug into my skin and the frame creaked like nails on a chalkboard from the load I was carrying.
The good thing about the CamelBak Fourteener 24 (and I know you will agree with me on this.) is the fact that it weighs 1.2 kg/2 lbs 9 oz and that the straps will never dig into your shoulder due to the comfortable wide straps. Even if you are a backpacking noob or already at the pro level, everybody appreciates a light backpack. If you still don’t think that this is the best day hiking backpack, here’s another reason.
No, no, nobody is playing the feminism card here. It’s just a well-established truth that men and women have different body types.
While it is true that women can easily wear any backpack, some women will prefer unisex backpacks and find these backpacks fit better and are more comfortable. The CamelBak Fourteener 24 is a unisex backpack, therefore, women can easily fit the torso length, narrow shoulder width, and curved waist belt.
This is no question the best backpack out there, however, there are hikers who prefer to have an extra layer of protection.
Unfortunately, this backpack does not have a built-in cover. However, you can purchase a rain cover with the same brand which assures you of the same quality if not better.
The hole for the bladder hose is kind of small, I couldn't easily fit the mouthpiece through it so I disconnected it at the bottom of the bladder and stuck that through.
The hole is in the middle, so the hose touched the back of my neck, no matter how I placed it. These minor gripes of mine compared to the many attributes are nothing.
Which leads us to the next question..
Short answer? Yes, absolutely! There is certainly no doubt about this.
With its current price in the market, features that you can not get from other backpacks, and the beautiful design, you will get the best bang for your buck.