- Made for the outdoors
- Durable and lightweight
- Comfortable to carry
- Easy access to gear on the outside of pack
- Lightweight frame with a durable fabric shell
- Great for daily commuting
- Smart organization
- Solid construction
- Comfortable and durable materials
- Versatile design for work or travel
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REI Co-op Diamond Pin
Backpacking Gear List + Brand Recommendations — Billy DeKom
trips who don’t want to break the bank). I’m a photographer who likes to go on several-day overnight trips, so lightweight gear that leaves room for heavy camera + lenses is where my priorities are.What I look for in backpacking gear:Durability (I want gear that can hold up over many miles and many trips)Weight (balancing “the lighter the better” with the reality that with backpacking gear often the lower the weight, the higher the price)Does it pack down (you’ve only got so much space in your backpack, so finding items that can compress or pack down to a smaller size is super helpful)Comfort (footwear, clothing, the pack... if you’re gonna be carrying it all over long distances for days or weeks at a time it’s gotta be comfortable) Budget (can be a very real and limiting factor that I don’t want to gloss over or be insensitive about, we tried to use a lot of our front-country camping gear for as long as we could and slowly transitioned over to this gear list below over a few years time)One of the above criteria may be more important to you than the other, but they all play a part in choosing your gear.
Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack
I'm traveling with my Tortuga Outbreaker now, which is about 4.6lbs when empty. The bag is nowhere close to being fully filled, and already feels like a sack of bricks. The heavy bag weight is a trend I notice amongst many popular travel bags too (e.g Gorucks), that over-compensate on durability without regard for comfort in being more lightweight. If ultralight backpacks are able to withstand the rigors of backcountry hiking, surely there's a middle ground where someone can make travel bags aimed at retaining durability whilst stripping as much weight as possible?.