Top Ten All-Purpose Backpacks for Women, Made in USA
Hiking, commuting, travel, you name it -- one of these packs could be your new best friend
When you're out on the hiking trail quality matters. You demand it in all of your gear, from your boots to your trekking pole. It's important that you have the right backpack on your shoulders as well, because if you're deep in the woods or high up on that cliff face you can't afford to lose any of your important supplies.
However, buying a backpack that you'll only use a few times a year just for hiking is expensive. Why not get a backpack appropriate for your day-to-day needs (commute, travel, etc) that's dependable and tough enough to hike with as well? To this end, we've put together this all-star list of all-purpose backpacks that combine durability, construction quality, and aesthetics to make packs that are up for anything.
Oh, and even better, they're all made in the good ol' U.S. of A.!
1. Chrome Unisex Bravo 2.0 Ranger/Black Backpack
If you plan on spending the day far from civilization, you want a bag that's ready for just about anything. The Chrome Bravo 2.0 Ranger is that bag, constructed with a 1,000 denier Cordura textile outer shell and welded 1,800 denier military-grade truck-tarpaulin interior lining, this bag offers weatherproof durability to safeguard all of your supplies. Even the urethane-coated YKK zippers will keep the elements out of your backpack no matter where the adventure takes you. The bag's main compartment can fit enough equipment for a day trip and the front pocket will keep your smaller items safe and secure. This one is a good choice for those who have a little more to spend for top quality gear.
2. Burton Women's Kettle Backpack
The same company that makes great snowboards and snowboarding gear also offers sturdy and dependable backpacks that won't cost a fortune either. For under $40 you can get their Kettle backpack that measures 16.5”H x 11”W x 6” D and weighs just over a pound. This is one of the more comfortable choices on the list as it's been designed specifically for women with an ergonomic fit at the shoulder and waist. Even more appealing, the bag is covered by a lifetime warranty.
3. Duluth Pack Medium Standard Daypack
Another of the more expensive choices on our list is also among the most rugged. This canvas bag from Duluth Pack measures 16”H x 12”W x 4”D giving you plenty of room in the main compartment to pack the essentials for a trip to your favorite trail. It's strong and durable enough to handle any type of terrain, equipped with a double canvas bottom, cotton webbing shoulder straps and a nylon handle to grab and go. The bag also offers a front pocket compartment for those smaller items that can't be misplaced.
4. Green Guru Gear Commuter
Those of you who like your gear to be environmentally responsible will find a lot to love with this bag from Colorado-based Green Guru Gear. Every product has been made from upcycled vegan materials and, in the case of the Commuter, comes with a main compartment that measures approximately 17”H x 11” W for a bag that is well-suited for hiking the rocky trails or the asphalt jungle of the city. It's big enough to bring along all your supplies for a day outdoors or your laptop and paperwork for a day of meetings.
5. LeSportsac Functional Backpack
You're likely familiar with the LeSportsac brand by now, but you may not be aware of the improvements the company has made to their products. This bag is perfect to take anywhere you choose as it's been built with featherweight micro ripstop fabrics that combine comfort with durability. When you're out there on a hike, the last thing you want is for your backpack to weigh you down. Here you have a bag that stays comfortable and offers a main padded compartment and five additional pockets along the exterior so you have a place for everything.
6. Under Armour Women's Favorite Backpack
This bag from Under Armour, one of the country's most trusted sports apparel leaders, has been constructed from 100% polyester and comes equipped with a large main compartment to carry plenty of gear with a collection of various pockets to keep all of it organized too. You can use the side pockets on the outside for a water bottle, your phone, or any other essential smaller items that you need to find at a moment's notice. Under Armour has even added their exclusive UAStorm tech to the bag to keep it weatherproof in the event you get hit with an unexpected deluge of rain.
7. Tough Traveler TF Backpack
The folks at Tough Traveler have been making high-quality outdoor gear since 1970. Their TF backpack has been built with 1000 denier Cordura nylon and offers a main compartment that measures 16”H x 8.5”W x 7”D. It comes with a top-loading flap that closes with Velcro to ensure that none of your equipment gets lost on your hike. Extra pockets at the front and on both sides give you enough additional compartment space to carry it all with you and a cinch strap makes sure it all stays put. This bag also provides good safety should you find yourself out at night as it comes with a reversible reflective stripe at the front to keep you visible in the dark.
8. Velix Women's Daily Grind 30 Laptop Backpack
Let's be honest, many of the bags on this list are suitable for women and men alike with just a few exceptions here and there. But the Daily Grind 30 is truly a bag that distinguishes between the sexes as it offers gender specific harness options for consumers. Women who want a bag that is tailor-made for the right ergonomic fit can have one that is also made with high-tensile ballistics nylon. Velcro loops let you customize the bag your way with a multitude of options for attaching additional pockets and organizational accessories. Be warned however, this bag is the most expensive on our list at a retail price of $325.
9. Elite Survival Systems 7701-T PULSE
If you want a bag that offers you the kind of tactical qualities the U.S. military prefers, check out this MOLLE compatible military-grade backpack. It offers three ample padded main compartments equipped with compression straps to give the bag a slim profile even when it's packed with gear. Similar to the Velix, this pack lets you customize your bag with additional pockets and pouches to accommodate all of your provisions for at least a day or more. The T-Pulse is also among then most comfortable options we've found, with a vented back panel and aluminum frame to keep the bag properly positioned on your back to minimize strain on the upper and lower back. Ergonomic shoulder straps and sternum strap ensure the bag stays in place.
10. Tough Traveler Jiff Bag
The second bag from Tough Traveler is a little bit different than your typical backpack, but it offers flexible versatility in how you choose to wear it on your hike. The Jiff bag can be carried on your back or across your chest, whichever you find more comfortable. It measures 14"H x 6"W x 3"D and is built with lightweight 400 denier nylon packcloth making it one of the lighter bags on the list. The construction of the Jiff offers a slender, elongated main compartment with four additional pouches along the outside.