Here is my selection of the best new backpack models for 2018.
When buying a backpack it’s usually a good idea to buy a backpack for a specific purpose.
For a multi-day hiking trip you should get probably the largest size possible (depending on how much clothes and food you need).
|Berghaus Remote 12 / 20 / 28 / 35||460g|
|Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daypack||539g|
|Berghaus Freeflow 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40||840g|
|Thule Capstone 22 / 32 / 40 / 50||880g|
|Fjällräven Abisko Friluft 35 / 45||1550g|
|Ortlieb Elevation Pro2||1700g|
|Mammut Creon Crest 55 / 65||2060g|
|Thule Guidepost 65 / 75 / 85||2663g|
The Berghaus Remote backpacks are new walking backpacks for shorter trips. They feature a venting back system.
- Berghaus Remote 35 (900 grams)
- Berghaus Remote 28 (755 grams)
- Berghaus Remote 20 (605 grams)
- Berghaus Remote 12 (460 grams)
The Berghaus Freeflow keeps you cooler as it features a new back design for improved air circulation.
- Berghaus Freeflow 40 (1485 grams)
- Berghaus Freeflow 35 (1305 grams)
- Berghaus Freeflow 30 (1105 grams)
- Berghaus Freeflow 25 (1155 grams)
- Berghaus Freeflow 20 (840 grams)
The Fjällräven Abisko Friluft is designed for hot and humid climates and made of G-1000 Heavyduty Eco (which is recycled polyester and cotton). It is possible to get to your gear and clothes from the top and the full front-panel opening. The Fjällräven Abisko Friluft also features a reinforced base to protect your gear and clothes against moisture.
- Fjällräven Abisko Friluft 35 (1550 grams)
- Fjällräven Abisko Friluft 45 (1600 grams)
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daypack has been designed for daytrips and weights 539 grams. Some of the backpacks features are a large external front pocket, removeable ice axe attachements, side water bottle pockets, water-resistant YKK zipper, internal zippered pocket for small gear. The Daypack is available in small, medium and large.
The Mammut Creon Crest can load 20 kg and designed for hiking and multi-day tours. The bottom and the side compartments can be compressed and trekking poles can be attached as well. It’s also possible to turn the ventilated air space suspension system into a system with close contact to the back.
- Mammut 55L (2060 grams)
- Mammut 65L (2160 grams)
The Ortlieb Elevation Pro2 is a heavy duty waterproof alpine backpack available with 42L and was developed with the Austrian Alpine Rescue Team. The backpack features a waterproof zippered pocket and a rope can be attached on the fixing straps as well. The lid compartment can be taken off. You can also store your hydration system in the inner pocket. The Ortlieb Elevation Pro2 weights 1700 grams
Thule updated it’s Capstone range for 2017 with an improved shoulder adjustment system and a VersaClick hip belt - an interchangeable system to customize the backpack with other accessories.
- Thule Capstone 22 (880 grams)
- Thule Capstone 32 (1220 grams)
- Thule Capstone 40 (1400 grams)
- Thule Capstone 50 (1460 grams)
The Thule Guidepost will offer an updated suspension system and hipbelt in 2017. There is also a new QuickFit shoulder harness on the Thule Guidepost offering 3 different shoulder strap width dettings. Thule will also oxchange the 88L Guidepost backpack with 85L version in 2017. The Thule Guidepost will also feature the VersaClick hipbelt. Also new is the PowerPocket in the backpack’s lid to store your mobile devices.
- Thule Guidepost 65L (2663 grams)
- Thule Guidepost 75L (2759 grams)
- Thule Guidepost 85L (2862 grams)
Interview with Backpack manufacturer Gregory at the ISPO in Munich
At the ISPO in Munich we met Gregory and they introduced us to their latest backpacks - the Zulu, Jade, Salvo, Sula and Targhee. So here is the interview with Gregory with a review of their latest backpacks.
Konstantin: Hi, this is Konstantin, and this is Andrea from Gregory. Andrea, what are the three highlights for this coming season?
Andrea: The highlights we are introducing new is a hiking pack. It’s a Zulu pack which we offer in 28 to 60 liters.
It’s a ventilated pack which is very technical, very much lightweight.
It’s a great suspension system and ventilation. We have it for men’s and for women’s three colors each.
Next to this we have a smaller hiking pack. It’s ventilated as well. It’s only slightly ventilated, offers a great fit, and you do not lose any space with those backpacks. Those backpacks are available from 18, 24, 28 liter. Again, men and women, three colors each.
We are certainly very proud to introduce a new snow line of winter products. We have it in three sizes, 26, 32, and 45 liters. Those packs are made for winter and can carry skis but also snowboards, snowshoes. It’s really a full featured backpack in the bright yellow which is safety equipment, pure black, and a very trendy blue with red.
A nice feature here is again it’s a suspension system which fits very close to your body. It’s snow repellent, and the opening is from the back. We only use nylon material, which really offers a great quality and will last forever. You have helmet carrier with all three models. Ski system, also diagonal ski system, and next to this you have the possibility which you can see here for snowshoes and for ski gear.
Konstantin: I really like the feature that you can zip and unzip and put the helmet in and out and then you don’t even need to carry it around and it’s not visible.
Andrea: It’s very handy. You can just put inside the pocket here.
Konstantin: And we are all set. Thank you, Andrea.
Andrea: More than welcome.
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