It would be difficult to go backpacking without a backpack. And there's no sense in having a heavy backpack when you could have a lightweight backpack instead. Below I've listed several good backpack brands that are popular with lightweight backpackers and that are known to make a good, quality product. This short list of backpack brands is by no means a complete one though. In fact the backpacking market is full of different backpacking brands and it would be impossible to do justice to it here, but over at the lightweight backpacks list you can see the entirety of the backpacks market on one page.
Best Backpack Brands List
- ULA Equipment - An extremely popular backpack brand with lightweight backpacking enthusiasts, ULA Equipment makes an excellent product that balances weight with durability and a few innovative design features too. One example being the OHM, a great backpack that weighs in at 640 g, or 1.4 lbs.
- Gossamer Gear - Another very popular backpack brand with the lightweight backpacking crowd. Gossamer Gear has been building quality lightweight backpacks for a number of years now and they've built up a following and a reputation for quality. A good example of their product line is the Mariposa, a backpack that weighs 632 g, or 1.4 lbs.
- GoLite - This backpack brand has been going more and more mainstream, and the weights of some of their backpacks have been creeping up as they've done so. Regardless of weight though, they make good quality backpacks and are still a popular choice for lightweight backpacking enthusiasts. The Jam is one of their more popular backpacks, and weighs 840 g, or 1.85 lbs.
- Mountain Laurel Design - Another of the backpack brands that is popular with lightweight backpackers but largely unknown to the average backpacker. That could change though, as Mountain Laurel Designs won the Reader's Choice Award for Best Ultralight Backpack in 2011. The winning backpack was the Exodus, a great backpack that weighs just 425 g, or .94 lbs.