Top 10 Brightly-Colored Backpacks
Camping & Hiking expert Hannah K. shares her top ten list of brightly-colored backpacks that will stick out from the crowd so you'll never lose your pack again.
Have you ever been on a trail or at a campsite, put your black backpack down, and wandered off to wilder-pee? When you come back, there are suddenly five other black backpacks next to yours. It might take you a minute to figure out which one is yours, and you could easily grab the wrong pack. Or even worse, they are all black Osprey backpacks. Or black Granite Gear packs. You grab the wrong pack and walk off, thinking you have all your precious gear. Oops. Not anymore! These top 10 brightly-colored backpacks will stick out from the crowd so you never lose your pack again.
Cotopaxi is an amazing brand that uses sustainable practices to create high-quality, durable, functional, and colorful gear. Many of its backpacks are one-of-a-kind creations, meaning you will have a pack that is unlike any other in the world! Cotopaxi encourages its employees to be creative and use different fabrics to produce fashionable and functionable backpacks that will stick out in the crowd.
The Mystery Ranch Skyline is a one-size day pack in bright orange that won’t get lost in a sea of black packs. Although this backpack was designed with climbers in mind, it is versatile enough to use for day hikes, a bike trip, or a day of work. It has additional padding and is completely adjustable to fit a wide variety of heights. Top and side compression straps can also be used to clip gear to the backpack.
Dueter is another one of my favorite brands! Its packs are made to comfortably carry larger and heavier loads, which is great if you plan on bringing a few extra comfort items on your next trip. The Trans Alpine 28-liter pack is great for longer day hikes and is a women’s-specific bag that is designed for hiking, biking, or commuting. There is room for a three-liter hydration reservoir, a helmet clip, and an integrated, removable mat, so you can rest your butt on a soft surface. There is a top and bottom zipper to help you access any items at the bottom of your backpack. The Ruby-Blackberry color scheme is a beautiful color—that isn’t black—to help you keep track of your belongings.
I bet you didn’t know you wanted a yellow backpack until now. The Black Diamond Speed 50 is an alpine climbing pack that is lightweight and great for every climb. With its ice-tool and rope-carry options, a removable hip belt, lid, and framesheet (that doubles as a seat), you can modify this pack to fit your needs and make the pack even lighter. Made with durable fabrics to ensure your gear will hold up on your crazy adventures, this pack will get you some compliments. It comes in a S/M size that fits a torso of 16 to 19 inches and a M/L size that fits an 18.5- to 21.5-inch torso.
I own the Osprey Daylite Ultralight daypack and thus am a little biased to how amazing it is for my needs. I use it for day hikes and take it to the climbing gym, the farmers market, work, and more. It comes in a variety of bright colors (and muted colors) and weighs about one pound. The pack can fit up to a two-liter reservoir and has two side pockets for water bottles or other small items. The price of $50 makes it one of the cheaper packs Osprey has delivered.
I used this pack on a two-week backpacking/road trip on shorter day hikes. It fit all my water needs, snacks, an extra layer, sunscreen, and water and snacks for my dog. A small first-aid kit and some sunglasses also made it in with room to spare. The colors and patterns are fun and helped keep my Osprey separate from other hikers’ packs.
Fjallraven is a tried, tested, and true brand that has been around for ages and is well-established. It is known for completely durable and waterproof fabrics that started in Sweden. The High Coast Foldsack is a great commuter pack and can be used for traveling with built-in laptop sleeves and pockets for easy organization. The Rowan Red is a beautiful color that is easy to spot in a crowd.
The Mammut Trion 18 Pack comes in a variety of colors with the brightest being called “spicy,” which is essentially a bright red that I imagine is the color of the hottest pepper in the world (hence the name). It was designed with mountaineering and climbing in mind but is versatile enough for other uses, such as hiking and biking. At 18 liters, it is a great size for shorter day hikes where you can fit water, snacks, a layer, and a few other smaller items in your pack! The red is so bright that you won’t be able to miss it in a crowd or lose it in a sea of backpacks at the crag.
Gregory is a trusted brand that makes a variety of packs for climbers, skiers, hikers, and more. The Gregory Alpinsto 35 pack in a lichen green color with orange highlights is designed for backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and ice climbing and comes in a S/M and M/L size. It weighs about 3.2 pounds and will stick out against snow, dirt, and even grass.
The Lowe Alpine Manaslu is a unisex pack made for longer treks and backpacking trips. It is adjustable from 55 liters to 65 liters if you need some extra space or your packing gets a bit lazy. The load-lifting handle helps lift your pack and the extendable lid is great to lighten your load if you don’t need all the space of 65 liters. There are front and lower entry zippers to access all sections of your pack. The red Oxide color helps brighten your gear and stand out from the crowd.
Just recently, Hoka and Cotopaxi (arguably the best brands in the universe) partnered up to create a colorful line of backpacks and shoes that is as vibrant as a rainbow. Wearing Hoka shoes is actually like walking on clouds, and Cotopaxi gear is durable, fashionable, and made with sustainable practices. Together, these companies create high-quality gear that help us explore to our fullest capabilities.
So, why go with black or white packs when you know now about all of these wonderful, colored backpacks? Bright fabrics and colors brighten the world, make me smile, and generally make my day a whole lot happier! What is your favorite bright backpack or favorite bright piece of gear? Hit me up through my profile and let’s chat about all things outdoors. I can’t wait to hear your stories and exchange gear advice, tips, and your favorite bright colors.