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Into the Wilderness: Outdoor Backpacks for the Adventurer at Heart

Written by Dima Vitanova  |   April 13, 2017
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It is the crunch of golden leaves and crispy soil under your boots. Or maybe, it is the rumble of waves lapping against your body. Perhaps, the crackle of wet snow beneath you.

Whatever pumps up your adrenaline, frees your spirit and clears your mind, keep on doing it. From hiking to snowboarding, the great outdoors hold numerous adventures for you to feel the majesty of life swell through your veins.

Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Bag
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Yet, be smart when you venture into mother nature. Be tough and be ready. One of the surest ways to prepare for whatever may come is to have a trusted backpack to carry the gear and supplies you need when jaunting into the wilderness.

Water Escapades

Whether you surf or boat or snorkel, the Dakine Jetty Wet/Dry 32L is a great companion to together set off on aquatic journeys. This 32-liter backpack features a giant roll-top compartment that easily fits a wetsuit, while isolating it away from any dry garments, stored in the belly of the bag. Adjacent to a fleece-lined sunglasses division and quick-access side compartments is an insulated cooler pocket to keep any packed nourishment safe and fresh throughout the day – come sun and water.

Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks Flip Bag
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Hiking to the Summit

There are many hiking bags out there but few offer the durability and efficiency of the Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia 18L Backpack – I’m Feeling Lucky. For such an avid nature lover only a hiker can be, this active backpack seamlessly fits into the philosophy of respecting and protecting natural environs. The bag is cobbled together by repurposed nylon pieces which, along with all the webbing, hardware and edge binding, is handpicked during production not only to keep wild habitats clean but to also create a one-of-a-kind backpack. With a top drawstring closure, the 18-liter Cotopaxi bag flaunts a large main compartment with an internal hydration sleeve that makes sipping water such an intuitive, hands-free action. No need of bulky water bottles.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel
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If you like hiking as much as you fancy fashion, the Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks Flip has got you covered on both fronts. Crafted in the US, this backpack carries a vintage flair, infused with superb materials and more than four decades of design innovation. Chiseled in a retro barrel shape out of 1000D Cordura and 1680D Ballistic nylon, which makes for a durable and reliable performance, the 22-liter bag not only has enough room to host your hiking essentials and your laptop but it does so with simple sophistication. Accentuating the old-day elegance of this Mystery Ranch backpack are details in heirloom leather. Going outdoor, after all, does not mean leaving spiffiness at home.

Camping it Out

If camping is your thing, The North Face Base Camp Duffel will up your game. It is a lightweight bag but do not mistake that for a flimsy built. The bag boasts a sturdy and rugged construction with a multitude of compartments that easily houses all your camping equipment and clothes. To withstand any harsh camping conditions, The North Face Base Camp Duffel flaunts durable double stitching with extra bartacks. If you prefer to carry it as a regular backpack instead of a duffel, link up the detachable and adjustable alpine-cut shoulder straps and you are all set to camp on.

Dakine Mission 25L Backpack
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Snowboarding On and On

The conception of a snow-loving team at Dakine, the Dakine Mission 25L will delight any self-respecting snowboarder. Resting on padded contour-shaped shoulder straps, made out of a breathable mesh fabric, this 25-liter bag has a streamlined shape that unites a slew of compartments, including a sunglass or goggle pocket and laptop and tablet sleeves. Its greatest trait yet – this Dakine bag comes with vertical straps to tie up your snowboard when not swooshing down a snowy slope.

Fjallraven Stubben Backpack
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Name Your Adventure

No matter what your wilderness boost is, know that there is a multipurpose backpack that will help you turn a good time in the wide open into a great experience. In fact, there are several such bags. A leader among them is Fjallraven Stubben, which is all-around awesome. Made of highly durable and water-resistant waxed polyester – cotton blend and leather trimmed for additional strength, this bag can storm through any outdoor activity. Brimming with various pockets, the backpack can accommodate any type of gear and necessities. But wait – there is more. The Stubben lies on a welded aluminum frame that allows it to double as a seat.

Topo Designs 22L Klettersack-X Woolrich Backpack
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Another multipurpose champion is Topo Designs 22L Klettersack-X Woolrich – Western. Manufactured in the US, this 22-liter bag has an exterior that is as stunning as its interior. Clothed in Woolrich’s Western Print pattern wool, which is unique to every bag, the backpack has an inner drawstring closure , which seals several divisions, including a laptop sleeve, and a zipped back wall pocket. No matter where you go, this bag is to make an indispensable companion.

Dima Vitanova

About the Author

Dima Vitanova is a backpack reporter, with three years of experience in news and enterprise writing for print and digital publications in the US, India and Kenya. She has covered a variety of issues – from luxury retreats to social justice cases. Her work and contact information can be found here:

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