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10 Best Women’s Hiking Backpacks

When I was little and my parents would take me and my brother out on hikes, we didn’t really have gender specific bags. Our parents would buy me and my brother two identical backpacks- one for each- and did the same for themselves.

But today, manufacturers (finally!) have realized the need of gender specific hiking gears.

The body structure of men and women are different. As a result, women require women-specific hiking backpacks which have been designed for their comfort and requirement.

And luckily, there are hundreds of women’s hiking backpacks available in the market today.

Great, right?!

Well, yes! But no so great if you are someone who is having a hard time deciding which hiking backpack to pick for your next hike.

Well, do not worry ladies because I got your back!

In this article, I will walk you through the basics of women hiking backpacks and also provide you with my top 10 picks for the time being.

The 10 Best Women’s Hiking Backpacks in 2017

Women's Hiking BackpacksFeatures I LikePrice
Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame BackpackTeton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack● Spacious
● Well-constructed
● Durable
● Comfortable
● Hydration ready
Mountaintop 40L Hiking BackpackMountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack● Comfortable
● Decent price
● Lightweight
● Easy to load
● Good design
● Roomy
● High quality
● Excellent support
● Optimum padding
● Water resistant
Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking BackpackWASING 55L Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpack● Airflow channels
● Spacious
● Lightweight
● Adjustable and flexible straps
Mountaintop 70L+10L Internal Frame BackpackMountaintop 70L+10L Internal Frame Backpack● Hydration ready
● Spacious
● Comfortable
● Durable
● High quality
● Separate compartment for wet and dirty items
● Decent price
● Secured fit
OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking BackpackOutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack● Spacious
● Durable
● High quality
● Well-constructed
● Low price
HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack#1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking Daypack● Ultra-lightweight
● Compact
● Low price
● Comfortable
● Adjustable straps
● Easy to load
● Water resistant
● Folds into its own pockets
Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking BackpackVenture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack● Spacious
● Lightweight
● Durable
● High quality
● Comfortable
● Adjustable shoulder straps
● Plenty of pockets
● Compact packing
● Folds into its own pocket
OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking BackpackOutdoorMaster 70L+5L Hiking Backpack● Spacious
● Adjustable height
● Comfortable
● Reasonable price
● Great looks
● Loads of pocket
● Secured fit
● Robust easy-to-open zippers
Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame BackpackTeton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack● Hydration ready
● Spacious
● Comfortable
● Durable
Osprey Packs Women's Tempest 9 BackpackOsprey Packs Women's Tempest 9 Backpack● Hydration ready
● Easy to load
● Water resistant
● Secured and comfortable
● High quality
● Well-constructed

10 Best Hiking Backpacks for Women Review in 2017

Let us not waste any time now and dive into the list of the 10 best women’s hiking backpacks which I have personally tested and reviewed for you all. Here we go!

1. Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack

Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame BackpackThe Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack is one of my favorite backpacks. It is extremely spacious and has a storage capacity of 65 liters.

The Teton Sports Explorer 4000 has been made with 600D ripstop polyester. It has been well-constructed and is of high quality.

The weight of this backpack is around 5 pounds, which is quite heavy. But given the volume of the backpack, what did we expect? Having said that, the Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack is extremely comfortable to carry around.

The Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack features an internal frame with dual aluminum stays. It also features a separate sleeping bag compartment. There are 6 pockets and 3 mesh pouches in this backpack.

Another great feature of the Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack is that it is hydration ready. It has the capacity to hold up to a 3 liters water bottle.

The Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack has 4 multidirectional compression straps. The shoulder straps are well-padded and extremely comfy.

The Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack looks very sturdy and durable. For the price that you are getting this backpack, the Sports Explorer 4000 sure is a bargain and you definitely should give it a try.

Features I like:

  • Spacious
  • Well-constructed
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Hydration ready

 

2. Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack

Mountaintop 40L Hiking BackpackThe Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is just the ideal backpack for beginners and is convenient for someone who is fairly new to the hiking world.

The Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is made up of polyester and is water resistant. This backpack has a storage capacity of 40 liters.

One of the reasons why the Mountaintop 40L is suitable for basically everyone, not just beginners, is its fairly light weight. This backpack weighs only 2.1 pounds and is very easy as well as comfortable to carry around.

The straps of this backpack have optimum padding and are comfy. The hip belt is easy to adjust and provides great support to the body.

The shoulder straps are S-Shaped and are equipped with D-Shaped hooks on which small items can be easily attached.

The Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack features 6 straps in which you can tie your gears, such as tripods, mats and hammocks, up.

This backpack also has a compartment which can be used for hydration.

Another great feature of the Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is that there is a separate compartment for laptops. You can easily fit a laptop of 17″ or less in here.

The Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack has a breathable and molded back panel. When I tried this backpack on, the backpack was so comfortable and lightweight that I did not even feel as if I was carrying a backpack.

The Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is easy to load. It is a roomy bag; it has 2 front pockets and 2 mesh pockets on the sides. There is also a hidden pouch at the front of the bag where you can store your valuable items.
The Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is a high quality hiking backpack. This backpack comes for a decent price, which is quite a bargain for all the wonderful features you get with this beauty.

Features I like:

  • Comfortable
  • Decent price
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to load
  • Good design
  • Roomy
  • High quality
  • Excellent support
  • Optimum padding
  • Water resistant

 

3. Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack

WASING 55L Internal Frame Backpack Hiking BackpackThe Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack has been made with water resistant ripstop polyester.

This backpack is very lightweight. It weighs 2 pounds and 14 ounces, and has a capacity of 55 liters.

There are plenty of pockets in the Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack. There is 1 hip belt pocket, 1 front pocket and 2 side pockets. There is also a separate compartment for the rain cover which comes along with this backpack.

The Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack is equipped with molded foam back panels with airflow channels. This ensures good ventilation which helps to keep your back dry and cool during the hikes.

The Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack also features an emergency whistle buckle. The shoulder straps, sternum straps and hip straps of this backpack are adjustable and flexible.

Talking about the downsides to the Wasing 55L Internal Frame Backpack, I felt the cushioning in this backpack to be inadequate. Some generous padding would have made this backpack very comfortable to carry around.

Another shortcoming of this backpack is that it is not very sturdy.

Features I like:

  • Airflow channels
  • Spacious
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable and flexible straps

 

4. Mountaintop 70L+10L Internal Frame Backpack

Mountaintop 70L+10L Internal Frame BackpackIf you are looking for a hiking backpack which will serve you for longer hikes, say around more than 2 weeks, the Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack can be the ideal choice for you.

The Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack is made with water resistant nylon. This backpack is quite roomy with 80 liters of storage capacity.

A feature I love in this backpack is that there is a separate compartment at the bottom of the backpack where you can keep your dirty shoes, wet clothes etcetera.

The Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack is hydration compatible. There is a water bladder sleeve in the main compartment which can accommodate a water bottle of 3 liters.

The Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack is equipped with daisy chains to attach gears such as hiking poles, tripods, etcetera. The compression straps of this backpack, which help in secured and compact packing, can also be used to tie your tents, hammocks and other gears up.

Another feature I love in the Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack is that this backpack is filled with many pockets. It has 1 hip belt pocket, 2 lid pockets, 1 front pocket and 2 mesh pouches for water bottles.

This backpack is quite lightweight and weighs around 5.1 pounds. You also get a built in rain cover with this backpack.

The Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack is of high quality. It is an extremely functional backpack.

The internal frame in the backpack provides support and comfort to the user. There are many straps in this backpack which do not let the backpack move, hence providing a secured and comfortable fit.

The Mountaintop 80L Internal Frame Backpack comes for a very reasonable price. It is extremely durable as well.

So you see, there are zero downsides to buying the Mountaintop 80L Backpack. Go ahead and invest in one, trust me you will not be disappointed.

Features I like:

  • Hydration ready
  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • High quality
  • Separate compartment for wet and dirty items
  • Decent price
  • Secured fit

 

5. OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack

OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking BackpackComing on at number five is the OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack. This is a spacious hiking backpack with 50 liters of capacity.

The OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack is made with high quality nylon. It looks very durable and sturdy.

There are many pockets in this backpack including hip belt pockets and front pockets. There are also exterior attachment points in this backpack for hiking gears.

Similar to the Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack, the OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack also has a separate laptop compartment which can fit laptops up to 15.6″.

The OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack weighs 2.6 pounds and is lightweight. This backpack comes with a waterproof rain cover.

This backpack also has mesh ventilation on the back panel to keep your back cool and dry.

The OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack has S-Curved shoulder straps. These straps have been adequately cushioned. All the straps and belts in this backpack are flexible and easy to adjust.

However, I found the hip belt to be a little above than it is supposed to be. I am of average height lady so that did not bother me much. But taller people (6 feet or more) may have some difficulty with the hip belt because for them the hip belt will be more of a belly belt; as a result, this may not be very comfortable or supportive for them.

The OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking Backpack comes for a low price and hence is a good backpack for the price you get it in for.

Features I like:

  • Spacious
  • Durable
  • High quality
  • Well-constructed
  • Low price

 

6. HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack

#1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack Hiking DaypackThe HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack is made with abrasion resistant nylon.

Will you believe that this backpack weighs only 6.5 ounces? Because of the lightweight, you do not even feel the backpack on your back; as a result carrying this backpack is extremely convenient and comfortable.

The HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack has 3 zippered compartments, 1 main pocket, 1 outer small pocket, 1 inner zippered pocket and 2 large mesh pockets.

The HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack is water resistant. This backpack features abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers.

The HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack is easy to load. The shoulder straps are adjustable and very comfortable.

You can fold this backpack into a small size and easily carry it in your other bags.

The HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight Backpack has a capacity of 20 liters. Whenever I go on long hikes, I take the HIKPRO 20L along with the main higher capacity backpack. So, I have been using this backpack as more of a side bag than the main backpack to store my gears.

I bought the HIKPRO 20L around a year back. So far the backpack has been holding on very well. For such a low price tag, it sure is a good quality backpack.

Features I like:

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Compact
  • Low price
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable straps
  • Easy to load
  • Water resistant
  • Folds into its own pockets

 

7. Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack

Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking BackpackOn number seven, we have the Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack. This backpack is made with nylon and is of high quality.

The Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack has plenty of pockets. There is 1 main zippered compartment, 2 zippered front pockets and 2 side pockets. This backpack can be folded into a zippered inner pocket for easy transport.

The Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack is extremely lightweight. It weighs only 0.7 pounds and is really comfortable.

This backpack has a storage capacity of 35 liters. The materials of this backpack are abrasion resistant and water resistant, which have made it robust and durable.

The Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack features two-way SBS metal zippers. The shoulders straps have been well padded. The length of the shoulder straps can be adjusted as per the need. The chest straps of this backpack feature a whistle buckle.

The Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking Backpack is spacious. Your gears will be packed compactly in this backpack.

Features I like:

  • Spacious
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • High quality
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Compact packing
  • Folds into its own pocket

 

8. OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack

OutdoorMaster 70L+5L Hiking BackpackAnother great hiking backpack for women is the OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack. This backpack is made up of nylon and weighs 4.8 pounds.

The storage capacity of this backpack is 75 liters. So, this backpack makes for the perfect alternative for long hikes.

The OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack is filled with a number of great features. One of my personal favorite thing about this backpack is that the height of the bag can be adjusted as per your requirement. As a result, this backpack is suitable for women of all height.

Similarly, the OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack has robust zippers which are extremely easy to open and close. I will ultimately hate a backpack if the zippers do not function well. This backpack has probably the best zippers among all the backpacks in this list.

The internal frame of the OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack improves the ergonomy and enhances the comfort.

The waist belt has optimum padding going around it. The straps are comfortable and adjustable. This backpack provides a secured fit to the user.

The OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack also features mesh ventilation system. There is a built in pocket to fit a hydration bladder in this backpack.

You get a waterproof rain cover along with this backpack.

The OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking Backpack has lots of pockets. This backpack is filled not only with so many features but also with extremely good looks. And, the price is very reasonable.

Features I like:

  • Spacious
  • Adjustable height
  • Comfortable
  • Reasonable price
  • Great looks
  • Loads of pocket
  • Secured fit
  • Robust easy-to-open zippers

 

9. Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame BackpackIf you are searching for a hiking backpack for light hikes, then the Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack is the one for you ladies.

The Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack is made up of 600D polyester diamond rip stop. It weighs 4.5 pounds and has an accommodation capacity of 55 liters.

The Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack features an aluminum internal frame. This backpack is hydration ready. Even though it does not come with a water bladder, it has padded pocket for hydration.

The Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack has many pockets for categorized storage of your gears. This backpack is sturdy and durable as well.

Features I like:

  • Hydration ready
  • Spacious
  • Comfortable
  • Durable

 

10. Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack

Osprey Packs Women's Tempest 9 BackpackThe last hiking backpack on our list is the Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack. This backpack is suitable for 1 day hike.

The storage capacity of the Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack is 9 liters. However, it has enough space for carrying all the gears you will require for a single day hike.

The straps of the Tempest 9 Backpack provide secured fitting. This backpack is made with synthetic. It weighs 1 pound 3 ounces.

The Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack does not have many compartments- which is a bummer- but it does have dual zippered hip belt pockets and internal zippered mesh pockets.

There is also an external hydration sleeve in back panel. This backpack is equipped with lid lock helmet attachment.

The Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack is easy to load. It is water resistant as well.

The Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 has been well constructed with good quality materials. It feels extremely sturdy and is comfortable.

The Osprey Packs Women’s Tempest 9 Backpack is not the cheapest backpack out there. But it is of a very high quality and surely does its work well.

Features I like:

  • Hydration ready
  • Easy to load
  • Water resistant
  • Secured and comfortable
  • High quality
  • Well-constructed

Comparison Table of Best Women’s Hiking Backpacks

Women's Hiking BackpacksMaterialCapacity (in liters) Weight
Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack600D rip stop Polyester 655 pounds
Mountaintop 40L Hiking BackpackPolyester402.1 pounds
Wasing 55L Internal Frame Hiking BackpackPolyester552 pounds 14 ounces
Mountaintop 70L+10L Internal Frame BackpackNylon805.1 pounds
OutdoorMaster 50L Hiking BackpackNylon502.6 pounds
HIKPRO 20L Ultra Lightweight BackpackNylon206.5 ounces
Venture Pal 35L Lightweight Hiking BackpackNylon350.7 pounds
OutdoorMaster 75L Internal Frame Hiking BackpackNylon754.8 pounds
Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack600D diamond rip stop Polyester 554.5 pounds
Osprey Packs Women's Tempest 9 BackpackSynthetic91 pound 3 ounces

Why are Hiking Backpacks Important?

It is no brainer why hiking backpacks are important- they help us carry all of our gears easily and comfortably.

But then, why are women’s hiking backpacks important? After all, all of the hiking backpacks are the same and it really should not matter if a woman carries a men-specific hiking backpack, right?

Well, not quite so!

As I have aforementioned, the physical stature of men and women are naturally different. Where on one hand, men tend to be built taller and broader (in most cases), most of the women have a slender and short physical body compared to men.

The torso length of women is also shorter compared to men’s. As a result, the men-specific hiking backpacks may not be as comfortable for a woman to carry.

The women’s hiking backpacks are made more lightweight for easy carrying. Since, these have been designed specifically by keeping the female body in mind, they tend to be more comfortable and also more convenient for women.

Having said that, just because a bag is women-specific does not mean you take it with you on a hike. Ensure that the backpack is meant for hiking.

You want to invest in a good hiking backpack which will last you a long period of time. The hiking backpacks are generally stronger compared to normal bags; nevertheless you want to be cautious and well-informed while purchasing a hiking backpack.

Similarly, hiking backpacks today are weather resistant, which is another quality normal backpacks lack.

You can also get hydration backpacks or hydration-ready hiking backpacks for a minimal amount today.

Hiking backpacks are one of the most fundamental and vital hiking gears a hiker will ever need. So, these are a must for every avid hiker.

How to Choose the Right Women’s Hiking Backpack?

This one is a non-brainer too. Choosing the right women’s hiking backpack should not be difficult if you pay attention to the following factors.

Capacity

If you are an experienced hiker, it will be easier for you to choose the right capacity hiking backpack because you know how much gear you require for a certain length hike. But for a beginner, this can be a very difficult task. I remember struggling to pack the right amount of things or choose the right capacity hiking backpack for a long period of time. The general idea is to choose the hiking backpack which has the ideal capacity you require to store your things for the hike. Following is a guide which you can use to determine the hiking backpack capacity you will require for a certain length of hike. You do not have to follow this strictly; nevertheless this guide is a great reference for beginners.

Length Capacity (in liters)
1-2 nights 20-30
2-3 nights 30-50
3-5 nights 44-55
5+ nights 55+

Length

After you have determined the capacity of the hiking backpack, the second step is to choose the right length backpack. You want to match your torso length to the length of your backpack. This will ensure that the backpack is fit for your height and is comfortable enough for you to carry around. You will have to measure the distance between your C7 vertebrae and iliac crest. For this, tilt your head forward and try to feel a bony projection at the base of your neck, which is your C7 vertebrae. Now, trace the length from here to the top of your hip bone i.e. the iliac crest; this is your torso length. There are hiking backpacks of various length in the market. So, just choose the one ideal for your torso length.

Weight

Almost all women specific hiking backpacks are lightweight. As the capacity of the backpack increases, the weight will also increase. For today’s list, I have got some very lightweight hiking backpacks for you ladies. You will not even feel the weight of these babies on your back. They are compact, easy to carry and effortlessly portable.

Suspension

The fourth factor to check in a hiking backpack is the suspension. The belts and straps of the hiking backpack must be adjustable for a comfortable fit. They should also be snug, supportive and secured. You want to pay most attention to the hip belt which holds the majority of the weight of the hiking backpack. The shoulder and chest straps should have the required padding going around them. The sternum strap, which goes over your chest, should provide you with balance and stability. Make sure all of the straps are sturdy and are not fragile, weak or uncomfortable.

Others

Some other features you want to check in the hiking backpack are the number of pockets, rain cover, weather resistance, frames and bars, air channels, hydration sleeve, quality of the backpack, etcetera.

The Best Pick

I am going to pick two hiking backpacks for today’s article.

The first hiking backpack is the Teton Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack. This backpack is just perfect to me.  It is full of so many wonders that it makes you yearn for the next hike so that you can take it out again.

The second hiking backpack which I absolutely loved is the Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack- yet another backpack with bundles of goodness jam-packed inside of it. This baby will become the favorite of anyone who tries it even just once.

I really do hope you ladies have chosen the ideal backpack for yourselves from the above list. If you haven’t done so already, I hope you soon will choose, and go ahead and buy the one which you feel has been made just for you.

I would love to hear your hiking experiences in the comment section below.

Till then, happy hiking everyone!

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