From size to style to comfort and price, climbing packs can vary in a number of ways. Though each has their own pros and cons, we’ll take a look at some of the highest rated climbing packs so you can find one that will best fit your needs.
On the high-end of the climbing backpacks market is the Osprey Ariel 75. As one reviewer noted it’s, “worth the price in comfort.” Featuring a padded and highly moldable hip-belt, this pack is fully adjustable to fit its wearer perfectly. It’s a similar story with the well reviewed Osprey Ariel 65. While comfort is certainly a selling point, so is the lifetime manufacturer warranty that both bags have.
For shorter trips that might not require as much equipment, the Deuter Speed Lite 20, 15, and 10 are good options. As their names imply these daypacks are lightweight but still offer plenty of space to hold supplies for mini-excursions. The smaller packs (the 10 and the 15) are also designed to be small enough to fold up and pack in another bag. This way you can utilize them — and their optional hydration capability — as a ruck pack instead.
Should you require more out of your day pack the larger Deuter Speed Lite 22 is a major step up from the lower-numbered everyday-style bags in their line. The backpack features a strong frame that integrates a ventilation system to help keep you cool. In addition to the hydration capabilities found in their smaller packs, the Speed Lite 22 also has trekking pole loops and comes with a rain cover.
Whatever your individual needs are if you are looking for a climbing pack one of these backpacks will serve you well. Ranging from the Deuter Speed Lite 10,15, and 20 on the smaller side to the larger Speed Lite 22 and Osprey Ariel 65 and 75, these climbing packs are built to last.