The Perfect Backpack for Your Next Autumn Hike

Fall Backpack Hiking GuideThis past weekend we said good-bye to summer and welcomed autumn with open arms. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to head out and visit your favorite hiking trails. There are the bright colors of foliage to experience, crisp chill air to breath and plenty of other exciting adventures to look forward to on the trail. To celebrate the arrival of the fall hiking season, we have compiled a list of the most popular packs from Osprey, Gregory and Black Diamond to help you find the perfect pack.

Day Hike

Osprey Manta 20

Osprey Manta 20

A smaller daypack is a good choice for your lighter hikes.  Gregory’s Miwok 22 Pack is a great option for your next day hike. It’s small enough to not weigh you down, weighing only 1lb unpacked, and big enough to take your lunch and extra layers with you.  Another great option is Osprey’s Manta Hydration packs; which range in size from 20-30L packs. This pack will be sure to keep you hydrated on the trail with the Osprey/Nalgene reservoir. It is taste and odor free, BPA and PVC free, and contains the AquaGuard anti-microbial formula to prevent bacteria and mold.

Ultralight Backpacks

Gregory Fury 40 Pack

Gregory Fury 40 Pack

Need a little more pack for your hike? Weight is definitely important when hiking those longer trails that may take you a bit longer to complete.  Terra Nova offers some of the lightest and most dependable backpacks on the market. There is the Terra Nova Laser 20L Elite pack, which weighs only 210 grams and is packed with features like side compression cords and dual hip belt pockets. With a price of $50.00, this pack is hard to beat!

Gregory also offers up some great lightweight trustworthy packs. The Fury 40 is a great pack that was just recently redesigned for 2012 and is perfect for the minimalist hiker looking to shed weight but not functionality. The pack is equipped with dual tool/axe/trekking pole attachments, cross hydration tube retainer and kinetic FTS suspension among other unique features.

Backcountry Adventures

Black Diamond Infinity 60 Pack

Black Diamond Infinity 60 Pack

For your longer hikes that will require more gear, there are a variety of packs from Osprey, Gregory and Black Diamond to accompany you on your adventure.  The Black Diamond Infinity 60 pack is a stylish and comfortable backcountry option. It is described by Black Diamond as “all about comfort and mobility in a big package, blending the volume of a traditional lightweight backpack with the latest in superior design and technology.”  The pack is hydration compatible and holds up to 45 lbs.

The Palisade 80 from Gregory is another reliable option that is packed full of features. It’s perfect for your next extended hike and can carry all the gear you need, without weighing you down. It is equipped with Gregory’s Response™ CFS Suspension, a generous front pocket, and hideaway water bottle pocket. Not to mention the quick-adjust 5-point angle waistbelt adjustment.

Women’s Specific Packs

Osprey Ariel 75

Osprey Ariel 75

How are women specific backpacks beneficial to the female hiker? There are a variety of benefits including a special molded back panel that is designed specifically for a woman’s shape and the torso dimensions are usually more narrow and shorter.

Some of MPGear’s most popular woman’s specific packs include Osprey’s Ariel series, Gregory’s Deva 70 and Black Diamond’s Flare pack.

Now you can choose the perfect pack for your next autumn hike and enjoy the outdoors in style and comfort!

3 thoughts on “The Perfect Backpack for Your Next Autumn Hike

  1. A woman would definitely know the difference in a backpack – whenever my wife borrows mine when we’re on walks, she always complains she ends up carrying the bottom part on her hips – not the best, really.

    • Great question! These packs are full of extremely beneficial features that will improve your hiking adventures. The good news is that they are also all very reasonably priced! (Not to mention that we also offer free shipping on orders over $45 in the continental US!)

      Feel free to contact us directly at if you have any other questions!

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