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heavy duty backpack

The September 26 2019 at 16:53

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By our Consumption Experts Partners

When you think of hiking, you think of choosing good shoes, a suitable outfit, a water bottle, a hat, enough to recharge your phone at any place, the picnic and maybe even the bag sleeping and tent if your getaway should last several days. But there is one essential point to carry all of this with you: having a suitable backpack! And when it comes to talking about hiking bags, the case could not be more serious: there are hundreds on the market. For our selection, we mainly focus on hiking backpacks of small and medium sizes, to offer a coherent offer, associated with hiking for a day. The idea is to have the essentials on hand, so as not to miss anything during this activity which can be practiced in many ways. Whether you are a seasoned backpacker or a more amateur hiker, you have everything to gain by being well equipped. And it starts with a good backpack: it’s time to make your choice! heavy duty backpack

our selection

Quechua Travel Ultra Compact Decathlon Backpack

NeekFox Field Operation backpack

Backpack Decathlon Quechua Randonnée Natureheavy duty backpack

Vertical Nature and Discoveries ultralight backpack

Mil-Tec Us Assault Pack backpack

Bang Trekking backpack

The North Face Haystak hiking backpack

Montaintop Traveling hiking backpack

Millet Prolighter backpack

The North Face Borealis backpack  

Quechua Travel Ultra Compact Decathlon Backpack



2 €


This 10 liter backpack can fold to take up as much space as a small wallet in your bag. In addition to its very reduced price, it is therefore a master key, mainly intended to compensate for an immediate lack of backpack. Its small capacity sums it up, as does its unique pocket, which requires optimizing its content. The fact remains that for improvised outings, it can be of great service.

Very low price

Very compact

Useful in troubleshooting

Useful in troubleshooting

No fastening straps

Minimal settings

NeekFox Field Operation backpack


€ 15.99




€ 19.99


Designed in nylon, this ultra-light backpack from the NeekFox brand has the first advantage of being reduced to a simple pocket, easy to carry: it can therefore be an extra backpack when traveling. Its capacity of 35 liters is sufficient for day hikes, and any other excursion. It has two water bottle pockets and multiple storage spaces.


Light and compact


Easy to store


Few fixing straps

Backpack Decathlon Quechua Randonnée Nature


25 €


This 20-liter bag from the Quechua brand of Décathlon goes to the basics: it offers multiple pockets, as well as a space dedicated to the bottle, to accommodate the necessities for a day hike. This helps to organize and balance the weight of the bag. The chest strap is also very useful to stabilize the whole. In addition, it comes with a rain cover, useful when the weather is stormy!

Inspired by trail culture, this ultralight backpack designed by Vertical folds like a k-way to take up a minimum of space when you are not using it. It has a waterproof compartment which acts as a water pocket, with a tube which goes up through the strap: useful for hydrating without having to take out your gourd! This advantage is also a disadvantage since this 2 liter pocket takes up space: this backpack is therefore intended to contain the essentials.


Integrated water pocket

Very compact when folded


Limited space inside

Single compartment

Mil-Tec Us Assault Pack backpack

Inspired by military tactical bags, the Mil-Tec Us Assault Pack backpack offers a total capacity of 36 liters, suitable for daily hiking. Its compact design requires organizing your things to make them accessible. To help you, many pockets are available, which effectively optimizes storage. However, this model is not waterproof and does not have a bottle compartment.

This Bang brand hiking bag has a robust design with a terylene oxford exterior and a polyester interior. With a capacity of 35 liters, it adapts to all situations and offers different compartments for optimal storage. The belt strap is welcome to lock the bag on the back. Enough to forget the fact that it is a little heavy when empty, with its 1.2 kg.


Belt strap

Several compartments

The Haystak is a polyester backpack that turns out to be rather light. Its capacity of 24 liters is in the average of what is proposed for day hikes. In addition to its spacious main compartment, it also offers various storage pockets to keep you organized. Spaces on the sides can accommodate gourds and bottles. In short, the quality of The North Face is there, even if we would have liked adjustment straps.


Correct capacity


Well arranged


he Mountaintop Traveling 40L is primarily intended for those who like to leave nothing to chance during their hikes. Justified if you are going for several days, it can be a bit big for a day hike, unless you want to share a backpack for two, for example. It is waterproof, has multiple balanced pockets and its support belt is reinforced. The chest strap is also there.

The Prolighter is a robust and comfortable bag, optimized for mountain hikes. It has a fixing strap for walking or ski poles at the back. At the front, a belt and a chest strap allow it to be perfectly locked on your back. Its capacity of 22 liters can be a little tight in some cases, but its side nets allow to optimize storage if necessary. Besides, it is very solid.


Robust design

Chest strap and belt

Holder ax

As its name suggests, the Borealis Classic is a very classic backpack from the brand The North Face: its very compact design provides it with good stability, without compromising its capacity. Side nets accommodate gourds and bottles, and there are two large storage pockets. A chest strap and a belt are available, for optimal locking of the bag during use.

How to adjust your hiking backpack?

Hiking is a physical activity, which requires taking precautions to make the most of it. A well-adjusted backpack means not only comfort and balance, but also security. You should not damage your back during the journey, because the settings are not adapted. First, know that it is recommended to make the adjustments of the bag when it is loaded: the balance is not the same when empty, and the weight weighs differently in the back. Contrary to what one might think, it is necessary to start by adjusting the belt of the backpack, before tackling the adjustment of the straps. The goal is for most of the weight of the hiking bag to be supported by the hips, not the shoulders. A tight belt is a guarantee of stability, which will prevent the bag from moving too much and thus spare your back. When this adjustment is made, adjust the shoulder straps and the load return straps to secure the bag as close as possible to your back. And there you are, you’re ready to go!

How to organize your hiking backpack?

Two basic rules must be observed for a good organization of your hiking bag: the first is to balance the loads. Do not put all the heavy elements on one side and the lighter ones on the other: you will lean to one side! Try to put the heavy loads in the center, then the least heavy ones nearby and, finally, the light elements on the sides. But that’s not the only point to think about, and that’s where the second rule comes in: keep the most frequently used items within your reach. Do not bury your gourd or cap at the bottom of the bag, for example: if this rule makes sense, it is easy to forget when trying to optimize the organization of your hiking backpack.