The 7 Best Lightweight Backpacks for Hiking

Our Top Picks

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The best lightweight backpacks for hiking in the world: a well-curated collection of bags that are perfect for multi-day pursuits in the great outdoors.

Whether you’re going on a weekend trip or a 4 month long thru-hike, these top-rated backpacks were selected for their weight, performance, carry comfort, and usability. 

Our Choice

Best Overall bag

A truly innovative multi-day pack that has the best weight-to-carry-capacity on the market. The Flight Two is a 61L fully-framed load hauler that only weighs 1088 g but is capable of supporting loads up to 50 lb. 

Performance wise, the Flight Two is our top performer – it scores exceptionally high in comfort, modularity, and durability. 


Best ultralight bag

Made for ultralight hikers that are focused on minimizing grams while maximizing comfort, the 50L Gorilla is optimized for the task. With wide shoulder straps and a thick foam back panel, comfort is its priority.

In addition to its best-in-class comfort, the Gorilla comes with a near perfect feature set and a highly unique aesthetic.


Best for Versatility

Incorporating the minimalism featured on alpine climbing packs, HMG developed the 40L Porter to be fully modular – making it adaptable enough for any environment when combined with add-on accessories.

Whether you’re hiking through variable terrain or scrambling, the Porter has you covered – it’s incredibly versatile. 


Best for Fastpacking

With a design inspiration from trail running packs, the XA 25 rides high and tight while conforming to the shape of your back. It’s an expertly crafted backpack that features novel comfort and a weatherproof build. 

With its built-in functionality for both hiking and trail running, the XA 25 is an ideal pack for multi-day fastpacking adventures.


Best for Alpinism

On vertical ascents and volatile alpine routes, you need a pack that’s efficiently streamlined, weatherproof, and extremely tough – everything that the 45L Alpha FL embodies and puts into practice.

Even with its climbing-focused and minimalistic design, the Alpha FL is a great pack for ultralight hiking in rough terrain.


Best frameless bag

Made for die-hard minimalists that want a daypack-sized backpack, the Kumo is an ideal choice for overnights or multi-day adventures. With 28L of internal space, the Kumo’s external pockets add another 8L.

As a superlight pack with a frameless design, you must have your UL load-out completely dialed-in to make it work.


Best budget bag

If you’re on a budget or are just looking for the best value buy, the DD40 is an amazing pack for the price. Made of X-Pac materials and capable of carrying up to 40 lbs, most backpacks in its league cost 50% more.     

When it comes to a balance between price, quality, and carry performance, no pack on the market comes close to the DD40. 


bag Breakdown

Backpack Main Fabric Fit Vol. Max Load Weight Frame Hip Belt Load Style
Flight Two SpectraGridHT Unisex 61L 50 lb 1088 g Aluminum Frame Padded / Detachable Rolltop
Gorilla 70D Robic Nylon Unisex 50L 30 lb 846 g Aluminum Frame Padded / Fixed Klettersack
Porter DCH50 Unisex 40L 40 lb 862 g Aluminum Stays Padded / Fixed Rolltop
XA 25 Ripstop Nylon Unisex 25L 25 lb 509 g Foam Pad Webbing / Detachable Rolltop
Alpha FL 400D Nylon Unisex 30L 25 lb 624 g Foam Pad Webbing / Detachable Rolltop
Kumo 70D Robic Unisex 36L 25 lb 523 g Foam Pad Padded / Detachable Klettersack
DD40 X-Pac VX07 Unisex 40L 30 lb 890 g Aluminum Frame Padded / Fixed Rolltop

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