Buying a reliable hiking backpack is essential. This is why you must also be aware of the factors that you have to consider when choosing the best hiking backpack for Hawaii. Here are some of them:
Hiking is not the most comfortable activity out there, especially if you plan on hiking on moderate to difficult trails and over long distances. Therefore the best thing you can do if find a backpack that is comfortable for you.
If you have a bad back you might want to consider getting a backpack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps to help balance the load. It all depends on how much you’re carrying with you on your hike and what difficulty your trail is.
I always opt for a frameless backpack, mainly for comfort and the hikes I tend to do are easy to moderate in difficulty. However, if your load is very heavy I would recommend getting a backpack that has a frame option like the TETON Sports Scout 3400.
That said, choose your trails carefully, generally speaking, most of the hikes in Hawaii are ok, it’s not like you’re hiking through the Himalayas and require weeks of camping. So, I’d always opt for a comfortable frameless backpack like the Osprey Packs Stratos 24.
Compartments & storage
It can be a pain to remove your bag in the middle of a hike just to take out your water bottle or cellphone. This is why it is essential for the pockets and compartments to accessible, which is something all of our recommended backpacks have.
In terms of storage, the appropriate storage is deemed by the length of your hike. If you are going for a trek, which will last for a couple of days, going for a 45 liter and above backpack is a good idea. The Mountaintop and G4Free are perfect for this. Meanwhile, for steep and short term treks, the talon 22 will serve you greatly.
Quality & materials
The build quality and materials used is an important factor when purchasing your backpack. Make sure the backpack is made from an ultra-strong nylon material and has YKK-grade zippers for starters. There should be plenty of padding on the back and shoulder straps as well as adjustable straps for added comfort.
It’s always better to spend a little more and get a good quality backpack, as in the long run, it will last you a lot longer, and ultimately work out cheaper as you don’t have to pay for replacements all the time.
Value for money
It’s always good to find the best deal, but it’s not always the best approach. Get the backpack best for you, consider your comfort and the quality of materials used. Also, take into consideration your needs and what level of hiker you are.
For example, if you’re going on vacation in Hawaii and you’re planning on doing a few nice easy trails, then you probably don’t need an all-singing dancing 50L plus backpack. You’ll be able to get the best backpack for your needs and potentially save money that way.
The most important thing that you should consider in a hiking backpack is whether it is waterproof or not. Due to its tropical climate and lush green rainforests, when hiking in Hawaii you can expect a downpour or two.
Therefore, when looking for your next backpack check that it’s waterproof or water-resistant, at a minimum make sure it comes with a rain cover.
Size and weight
Consider how big you need your backpack, ask yourself what type of hikes you’ll be doing, how long is the hike and how difficult is the hike. Get the best backpack for your needs. If you’re just going on a couple of easy hikes in Hawaii, then a 20L capacity backpack will do the job, like the Osprey range. On the flip side if you’re planning on taking difficult trails or camping over then I’d opt for a backpack like the TENTON Scout, which can hold a lot more.
Another great feature to look for in your backpack is a built in hydration system. This will save you having to search through your backpack for a bottle of water. Simply, drink while on the go with no fuss.