Last Updated on by Savannah Luca

Sifting through the hundreds of outdoor backpacks on the market can seem like a never ending uphill battle. With summer fast approaching, the great Kiwi outdoors will soon be calling your name. So you’re going to need the right backpack there by your side, or on your back, so to speak. We tried and tested five of our top sellers to bring you the top 5 outdoor backpacks!

Top 5 Outdoor Backpacks:

#5: Raglan Point Summit Peaks Backpack  $54.00

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Coming in at number five, we have the Summit Peaks Backpack from Raglan Point. This budget friendly backpack comes in a range of colours for the adventurous adventurer! Equipped with all of the functionality you could need for a day/overnight tramp, this outdoor backpack is comfortable and functional. Sporting a padded back, two mesh water bottle pockets, two main compartments equalling 35L capacity, a waist and sternum strap and organiser pocket and laptop pocket for your essentials on the go.

*EDIT: We no longer stock this Raglan Point Backpack but check out all our other outdoor backpacks here!

#4: Lowe Alpine Vector 25 Day Pack Backpack  $69.00

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The perfectly sized day pack for your summer walking needs, the Lowe Alpine Vector 25 Day Pack Backpack has none of the thrills and all of the necessities. The 25L capacity offers room for everything you will need for your day hike. With two mesh water bottle pockets, an extra padded back for superior comfort on the go, adjustable sternum straps for support, a headphone compartment, valuables pocket and great internal organisation. The external lash points and key clip were extremely handy and stopped me hunting through my bag for my essentials. This backpack is extremely well made and very sturdy.

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#3: Pacsafe Venturesafe X30 Anti-Theft Adventure Backpack  $330.00

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Ok, so there is no doubt that there is a little bit of a price hike with this one compared to the other outdoor backpacks, but bear with me! It is worth it. The Pacsafe Venturesafe X30 Anti-Theft Adventure Backpack not only offers all of the features you’d expect from an outdoor backpack. It also has the added bonus of a range of anti-theft safety features! An eXomesh slashguard system runs throughout the body of the backpack, meaning it is completely slash-proof. The straps of the backpack are cut-proof, padded with EVA foam and extremely comfortable. The zippers are equipped with smart zipper security and secure zip tabs meaning no wandering hands can find their way into your bag. The Venturesafe is fully equipped for the outdoors with a hide-away rain cover, but also works perfectly as a day-to-day bag with laptop compartment and an array of useful pockets. It also features an RFID blocking pocket perfect for keeping your private and confidential information on your passports and credit cards safe from skimming and electronic theft. Perfect for hiking and travelling overseas, the Pacsafe Venturesafe X30 will take your day to the next level.

*EDIT: We no longer stock this specific backpack but check out our wide range of Pacsafe Backpacks here!

#2: Samsonite Paradiver Light Large Laptop Backpack  $189.00

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I love a good multi-functional backpack, and the Samsonite Paradiver is just that! This sporty little number is dirt and water-repellent and features durable polyurethane coated polyester for maximum weather resistance. The backpack straps and sternum strap on the Paradiver are ergonomically designed and padded for comfort. A comfortably padded back panel offers the ultimate in comfort, wether you’re trekking through the mountains and fiords or catching a bus to work! A zippered safety pocket and hidden water bottle holders make this backpack a functional daily-use bag. Inside you’ll find a padded laptop compartment and a compact 19L of storage for your day walk needs.

*EDIT: We no longer stock the Paradiver, but have a look at our massive range of travel backpacks here! 

#1: Patagonia Stormfront Backpack 30L  $499.00

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The ultimate backpack for the outdoor enthusiasts! The Patagonia Stormfront is 100% waterproof! That means you can even submerge this baby and everything inside will be dry as a bone (where does that saying even come from?!). I loved using the Stormfront, as the ever-changing Kiwi weather of the West Coast was no issue. I knew that my DSLR and phone were safe even in the biggest of downpours. This backpack is also ideal for fisherman, with rod holders being built into the design! It is comfortable, padded and quick drying for the ultimate in comfort all day long.

Patagonia also has a wonderful ethos, they treat their factory workers amazingly and work tirelessly to aid our planet. All of their products come with a life-time warranty and the Patagonia team are so passionate about their products they always back them.

For a life-long investment, indulge in the Patagonia Stormfront online here at!