Hiking supplies – backpacks

I’m going to be posting about “what’s in our bags” and let you know what we loved, or wish was different about the items.  So what better item to start with than our backpacks!

These were the hiking backpacks we used for our trip to Alaska.   It was a 10 day trip with a mixture of backcountry camping, regular camping, and other more touristy activities.

Internal Frame Backpack

(This is an affiliate link for amazon. The gear I used, I purchased myself through Amazon or Steep & Cheap, and these are my husbands & my own opinions)

My husband used the Teton Sports Explorer4000 internal frame backpack.  He really liked it, particularly the rain cover, and that you can access your things from both the top and bottom of the bag.  Oh, and, the variety of pockets.

The backpack I brought on this trip was a Sierra designs Jubilee 65 women’s backpack.  (Radish color)  I loved that this one was more fitted to my structure, as opposed to a unisex backpack.  The different pockets with zippers were great, and you could access the main section of the bag via another zippered pocket from the outside.  The backpack was very comfortable (except when I over packed it… but that was my fault, not the backpacks!)  I also liked the small zippered pouches on the waist strap, and the bottle opener that is attached to the straps.

Our backpacks were great for hiking and even nice for nights we stayed in town.  In addition to future hiking trips, I’ll probably use mine as a weekend travel bag instead of a duffel bag, because it leaves your arms free, which is amazing.

Backpacks can be very expensive, and we shopped around and read a lot of reviews before purchasing ours.  We ended up getting really good deals on both of the bags on on-line Black Friday sales.   My backpack was from Steep and Cheap and my husbands was from Amazon.  Both are great places to look for gear!

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